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Mr Armin Elsler

Mr Armin Elsler

Mr Armin Elsler

Geology (PhD)

Area of research

Early tetrapod evolution: Red Queen or Court Jester?

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Summary

My current work concentrates on the macroevolution of early tetrapods, with a particular focus on the evolution of body size. A pre-existing database is updated and a supertree of early tetrapods is created. This dataset forms the base for subsequent phylogenetic comparative analyses, which will be coupled with additional research on diversity and morphological disparity patterns. Special attention is given to the effects of mass extinctions in the observed timeframe.

 Previous research topics include morphological and phylogenetic analyses of an ornithischian dinosaur specimen from the U.S., a morphological description of fossil bird remains from Austria, stable isotope geochemistry of Late Triassic brachiopods and chemical analyses of high temperature solid state reaction products.

 My interests include the macroevolution and the shape of phylogenies of early tetrapods and dinosaurs, mass extinctions, early terrestrial ecosystem evolution and the possible usage of geochemical analyses within a phylogenetic framework.

Biography

2015 - present: PhD in Geology, University of Bristol (United Kingdom)

2014: MSc in Earth Sciences, University of Vienna (Austria)

2013: BSc in Biology, University of Vienna (Austria)

2010: BSc in Geosciences and Atmosphere Sciences, University of Innsbruck (Austria)

Teaching

Demonstrating:

2017: Sedimentology (2nd year course), University of Bristol [temporary]

2016/2017: Geology 1 - Evolution of Earth & Life (1st year course), University of Bristol

2016: Evolution of the Biosphere (3rd year course), University of Bristol

2016: Geology 1 - Sedimentology (1st year course), University of Bristol [temporary]

2016: Geology 1 - Geological maps + Evolution of Earth & Life (1st year course), University of Bristol

2015/2016: Independent Development of Geology Skills 2 (3rd year course), University of Bristol

2015/2016: Independent Development of Geology Skills 1 (2nd year course), University of Bristol

2015: Geology 1 - Geological maps + Evolution of Earth & Life (1st year course), University of Bristol

Keywords

  • macroevolution
  • early tetrapods
  • dinosaurs
  • phylogeny
  • stable isotopes

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Organisations

School of Earth Sciences

Postgraduate students

Research groups

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Recent publications

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Courses

Mr Elsler currently teaches 2 courses:

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