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Dr Alex Liu

Dr Alex Liu

Dr Alex Liu
D.Phil(Oxon.), MEarth Sci(Oxon.)

Research Fellow

Area of research

Constraining the origins of the Metazoa

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I explore the evolutionary origins of complex organisms through study of fossils from the late Ediacaran Period, some 580 to 541 million years ago. After completing my undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences, and my doctoral degree in Ediacaran palaeobiology (both at the University of Oxford), I moved to the University of Cambridge in 2011 as a Henslow Junior Research Fellow at Girton College. I took up my current NERC Independent Research Fellow position in Bristol in October 2014.

Most of my fieldwork to date has taken place in Newfoundland, Canada, but I have plans to expand this to include several additional Ediacaran fossil sites worldwide. As well as my research, I am also involved in a variety of groups looking to gain protection for Ediacaran fossil localities, and I undertake numerous outreach activities to foster public interest in my field of research. These outreach activites include presentations to amateur geological societies and community groups, and the development in 2014 of a museum exhibit on Ediacaran fossils at the Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge. I am a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and a member of the Geological Association of Canada, the Palaeontological Association, and the International Palaeontological Association. I am also a corresponding member of the Ediacaran Subcommission.


  • Palaeontology
  • Evolution
  • Taphonomy
  • Sedimentology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Ichnology



School of Earth Sciences

Research themes

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