Brigit Tronrud

Brigit Tronrud

Postgraduate

I’m a fourth year DPhil student under the co-supervision of Prof. Roger Benson (Earth Sciences) and Prof. Graham Taylor (Zoology). My research looks at the ecomorphology of birds, to test the hypothesis of a raptorial common ancestor for Telluraves. I’m currently using 2D and 3D geometric morphometric methods to analyse characteristics of the tarsometatarsus bone in extant birds in order to better understand and estimate the ecomorphology of fossil birds, as well as to investigate the ancestral traits of Telluraves as a whole.

I’m from British Columbia, Canada, received my BSc in Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago (supervised by Prof. Mark Webster and Prof. Paul Sereno), and worked in the Bird and Mammal Collections at the Royal BC Museum prior to starting my degree at Oxford.

Orkney A, Bjarnason A, Tronrud BC, Benson RBJ. Patterns of skeletal integration in birds reveal that adaptation of element shapes enables coordinated evolution between anatomical modules. Nature Ecology and Evolution 5, 1250–1258.