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Palaeobioleg

Palaeobiology is the study of the history and evolution of life.

We study the structure, morphology, growth and systematics of organisms (taxonomy), and their interactions with each other (ecology) and with the lithosphere, oceans and atmosphere (geochemistry).

We work from the scale of microbes to trees. We interpret the nature of the fossil record through the lens of preservation (taphonomy).

Our researchers have made particular contributions to understanding:

  • the early colonisation of Earth by plants and trees
  • the role of preservational processes in interpreting the fossil record
  • the history of life and chemistry in the early oceans
  • the evolution of marine microorganisms.

Funding

Berry, C. (Principal Investigator) Earliest forests of woody trees in Svalbard. National Geographic. 2016, £15,000

ChiFru, E. (Principal Investigator) Coevolution of life and arsenic in Precambrian oceans. European Research Council

Edwards, D. (Principal Investigator)Resolution of anatomy, ontogeny and affinities of Siluro-Devonian Pachytheca. Leverhulme Trust. £22000

Edwards, D. (Co-Principal Investigator) The origin of plants. NERC Co PI. 2015, £60,000

Edwards, D. (Principal Investigator) Investigations on diversity in early land plants. Gatsby Foundation. 2014-2016 - £20,000, 2017 - £25.500

Pearson, P. (Principal Investigator) Expedition 363 West Pacific Warm Pool: planktonic foraminifer biostratigraphy and the evolution of Pulleniatina. NERC IODP Moratorium proposal, £43,720, inc. 2 months full time FEC plus 1 hour per week FEC

Pearson, P. (Co-Principal Investigator) Are adaptive zones important in macroevolution? NERC CoPI. 2015-2018, £70,000

Selected publications

Group Leader

Dr Chris Berry

Senior Lecturer

Email:
berrycm@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6971

Academic staff

Dr Chris Berry

Senior Lecturer

Email:
berrycm@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6971
Lesley Cherns

Dr Lesley Cherns

Senior Lecturer

Email:
cherns@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4338

Yr Athro Dianne Edwards

Distinguished Research Professor

Email:
edwardsd2@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4264

Dr Jenny Pike

Reader in Earth and Ocean Sciences

Email:
pikej@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5181
Ernest Chi Fru

Dr Ernest Chi Fru

Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences

Email:
chifrue@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 0058

Postgraduate students

Richard Jones

Richard Jones

Research student

Email:
jonesr126@caerdydd.ac.uk
Adrijan Kosir

Adrijan Kosir

Research student

Email:
kosira@caerdydd.ac.uk

Associated staff

Lindsey Axe

Lindsey Axe

Senior Research Technician, School of Earth and Sciences

Email:
axe@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4310
Flavia Boscolo Galazzo

Dr Flavia Boscolo Galazzo

Research Associate

Email:
boscologalazzof@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 20874573

Dr Alan Channing

Lecturer

Email:
channinga@caerdydd.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0189

Macro-photography and imaging lab

This laboratory includes Nikon digital SLR studio photography with polarized light capability and tethered cameras, Leica Aristophot macrophoto stand, and a dedicated graphics computer with print format screens, Adobe Acrobat Pro and other graphics/desktop publishing software.

Light microscopy suite

This laboratory includes several binocular and compound microscopes with Leica image processing software for both biological and geological specimens.

Find out more about the light microscopy suite.

Hydrofluoric acid laboratory

This laboratory is used for the specialist preparation of palynological and other samples by acid digestion of rocks.

Fossil preparation laboratory

The fossil laboratory includes equipment for the dirty preparation of fossil specimens, including dust extraction units and fume hoods, plastic resin embedding facilities, and a limited capability for precision sawing of small specimens.

Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM)

This is a high resolution ESEM allowing magnifications up to 500,000x on conventional coated/conducting samples but it also has the capability for high resolution ESEM of uncoated and even hydrated "wet" samples.

Find out more about the ESEM facility.

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