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Dr Ben Moon

Dr Ben Moon

Dr Ben Moon
PhD (Bristol), BSc (Portsmouth)

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

Vertebrate Ecosystem Evolution Across the Permian–Triassic Mass Extinction

Office LS113
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41353


Ichthyosaurs from the Upper Jurassic have remained a comparatively understudied part of an important group of Mesozoic marine reptiles. Recent, published research on the three British genera, OphthalmosaurusBrachypterygius and Nannopterygius, is lacking.  My research, based on the unpublished PhD thesis of Dr Angela Kirton, who has kindly passed on her materials for me to use,  will reappraise the the osteology and taxonomy of these three genera.  This work will be intergral to a forthcoming phylogenetic analysis, as the relationships between the Lower Jurassic and Cretaceous ichthyosaurs are poorly understood.  The well-preserved nature of material, particularly from the Oxford Clay of the Peterborough area, will also allow for a biomechanic study of ichthyosaur skull mechanics.



  • 2015 to preseant: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol


  • 2011 to 2015: PhD (Geology), University of Bristol.
  • 2008 to 2011: BSc (Hons) Palaeobiology and Evolution, University of Portsmouth


  • Daniel Pidgeon Fund from the Geological Society of London.
  • Richard Owen Research Fund from the Palaeontographical Society.
  • Bob Savage Memorial Fund from the University of Bristol.
  • The Palaeontological Association Prize for Level 2 attainment.
  • Level 1 Geoscience Prize for attainment.


  • Palaeontological Association: 2007 to present.
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology: 2009 to present.
  • Geological Society of London, Fellow: 2011 to present.
  • Palaeontographical Society: 2016 to present.
  • Systematics Association: 2012 to 2013
  • Assistant on the University of Portsmouth Pterosaur exhibits at the Royal Society 350th Anniversary Summer Festival, 2010. 
  • I am a part of the Bristol Dinosaur Project and have visited schools to teach about the work of palaeontologists.
  • I also write a blog about my work, and interests:


  • palaeontology
  • ichthyosaur
  • crocodilians
  • vertebrates
  • phylogenetic relationships
  • biomechanics
  • morphometrics
  • osteology
  • morphology
  • taxonomy

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