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Professor Philip Donoghue

Professor Philip Donoghue

Professor Philip Donoghue
B.Sc.(Leic.), M.Sc. (Sheff.), Ph.D.(Leic.)

Professor of Palaeobiology

Area of research

Molecular palaeobiology

Office LS115
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 39 41209

Research summary

My research is focused on the relationship between evolution and embryology, integrating living and fossil organisms, developmental biology, and knowledge of their evolutionary relationships, to provide an holistic understanding of major episodes in evolutionary history.

I have particular interest in the evolutionary emergence of vertebrates, and of ecdysozoans, but also in the evolutionary emergence of animals and plants more generally. This entails classical palaeobiology, but also molecular genetics – to calibrate the Tree of Life to time using molecular clock theory, and to determine the role of genetic regulators of development in effecting organismal-level evolutionary change.

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I am the Director of the Geology undergraduate degree programme but I teach across all undergraduate degree programmes, introducing the evolution of Earth and Life. I am also part of the team that leads the first year 'Introduction to Field Skills in Earth Sciences' residential course on the Scottish Isle of Arran.

I studied BSc Geology at Leicester University (1992), MSc Palynology at the Sheffield University (1993), and for a PhD in Geology at Leicester University (1997). My PhD concerned the palaeobiology of conodonts and was supervised by Professors Richard Aldridge and Mark Purnell. I was an 1851 Royal Commission ...

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