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Professor Emily Rayfield

Professor Emily Rayfield

Professor Emily Rayfield
BA(Oxon), PhD(Cantab)

Professor of Palaeobiology

Area of research

How skeletal mechanics influences morphological evolution and the relationship between form and function in hard tissues

Office IC23
Wills Memorial Building,
Queen's Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5644

Research summary

My research focuses on how skeletal mechanics influences morphological evolution and the relationship between form and function in hard tissues - primarily, but not exclusively, the vertebrate skull.

My research uses the engineering technique finite element analysis (FEA) to deduce skeletal stress and strain during function. In particular I am interested in how FEA can inform on functional behaviour in individual taxa and elucidate functional ecology and morphological changes across evolutionary transitions such as the origin of birds and mammals. Such studies are constrained by my research on FE-validation in birds, testing how accurately our FE-models approach reality.

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