Dr Roger Benson. My research addresses questions about large-scale patterns of biodiversity and phenotypic evolution in vertebrates. I am a taxonomic expert in extinct dinosaurs and marine reptiles, and my current work aims to address questions about evolutionary diversification using phylogenies and phenotypic trait data in birds, mammals, and their stem lineages. Current project in my group make extensive use of 3D visualisation methods and concern: morphological adaptation to flight, and flightlessness in birds; the land-water transition in secondarily aquatic groups such as marine reptiles, sea turtles and diving birds; early reptile evolution; and constraints on phenotypic evolution in mammals, birds and dinosaurs.
Dr Neil Brocklehurst (Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin)
Dr Roger Close (University of Birmingham)
Dr Matt Friedman (University of Michigan)
Past members of the Research Group
Dr James Neenan (postdoctoral fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)