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Dr Jakob Vinther

Dr Jakob Vinther

Dr Jakob Vinther
BSC(Copenhagen), MSC(Copenhagen), PHD(Copenhagen)

Lecturer

Area of research

Lecturer in Macroevolution

Office Life Sciences: 117
Wills Memorial Building,
Queen's Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Office Life Sciences: 117
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41204

Summary

My research spans the study of evolution from the perspective of the fossil record and other disciplines such as molecular biology.

I focus on invertebrate groups such as annelids and molluscs and test our ideas of their evolution and their fossil record with molecular biological techniques to obtain independent estimates of phylogeny and divergence timing.

I also have a particular interest in fossilization processes: Taphonomy. Currently I am working on the preservation of melanin in fossils and how we can use this evidence to reconstruct color patterns in feathered dinosaurs.

Biography

2012- Lecturer in Macroevolution, Joint position in Biology and Earth Sciences, U. of Bristol

2011-2012 Independent Post Doctoral fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Austin

2006-2011 PhD in Palaeontology and Molecular Phylogenetics, Yale University. Thesis Title:

"The role of fossils and phylogeny in understanding the early evolution of annelids and mollusks (lophotrochozoans)"

2004-2006 MSc in Palaeontology and Zoology, University of Copenhagen

2000-2004 BSc in Geology University of Copenhagen

Keywords

  • Palaeobiology
  • Taphonomy
  • Molecular Clocks
  • Macroevolution
  • Evolution
  • Melanosomes
  • Melanin
  • Tree of Life
  • Invertebrates
  • Cambrian Explosion

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Courses

Dr Vinther currently teaches 2 courses:

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