Brigit Tronrud

Brigit Tronrud

Postgraduate

I’m a first year DPhil student under the co-supervision of Prof. Roger Benson 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 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.

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.