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Dr Ben Moon

Dr Ben Moon

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

Research Associate

Area of research

Anatomy and palaeobiology of ichthyosaurs and thalattosuchian crocodiles

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

Research summary

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  My research, based on the unpublished PhD thesis of Dr Angela Kirton, who has kindly passed on her materials for me to use,  will reappraise the the osteology and taxonomy of these three genera.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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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