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Ms Naomi Apostolaki

Ms Naomi Apostolaki

Ms Naomi Apostolaki

Geology (PhD)

Area of research

The evolution of pneumaticity in Sauropodomorpha and its correlation with body size (primary supervisor: Prof. Michael Benton)

Tel. +44 (0) 117 39 41345

Research summary

I have been employed as a teaching assistant by the Access Unit of the Disability Services in the University of Bristol since October 2011. It is a part-time job with which I am able to pay for my tuition fees. The job involves taking manual notes, laboratory support, exam scribe and 1-1 mentoring for deaf and disabled students. So far, I have worked on the following courses: Cystic Fibrosis, Calcium Channels, Vascular Biology, Geochemistry, Physical & Chemical Geodynamics, Imaging and Mapping the Earth, Geology, Mineralogy & Petrology, Biomechanics, Vertebrate Palaeontology & Evolution, Scientific Communication, Evolution of the Biosphere, Geomicrobiology, Dynamic Surface, Soils ...

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Biography

I finished my Bachelor's Degree in Biology-Biochemistry (Valedictorian, Magna Cum Laude) in Athens, Greece in 2009. I continued with a Master's Degree in Palaeobiology (Merit) in the University of Bristol, UK (2011) and now I am on my PhD (University of Bristol, Palaeobiology and Biodiversity Research Group) investigating the parameters that affected Sauropods achieving their gigantic sizes, with a focus on vertebral pneumaticity.

My key interest is Palaeontology, with particular fervent interest in Dinosaurian Palaeobiology and Evolution, Anatomy, Pneumaticity, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Astronomy, and Psychology. Other interests are cooking, music, meditation, and chess.

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