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Mr Thomas Stubbs

Mr Thomas Stubbs

Mr Thomas Stubbs

Geology (PhD)

Area of research

The evolution of reptiles in Mesozoic marine ecosystems

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Summary

The seas of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous were inhabited by a diverse range of marine reptiles. My PhD research will involve an exploration and examination of the clade dynamics, morphological innovations, diversifications and extinctions of these exceptional groups. A particular focus will be how these groups respond to and persist through biotic crises, in terms of taxonomic diversity and more importantly morphological disparity.

Current project: A sauropterygian supermatrix

The sauropterygians are the most diverse and morphologically disparate group of Mesozoic marine reptiles. The initial stages of my PhD will involve producing a cladistic supermatrix for all sauropterygians. I will formulate a detailed revised phylogeny for Triassic sauropterygians. This will be combined with current phylogenies for Jurassic and Cretaceous sauropterygians. I will then explore numerous key macroevolutionary questions regarding the evolution and extinction of this exceptional group, relating to disparity, radiation events and the evolution of morphological novelties.


Biography

Previous publications

Stubbs, T. L., Pierce, S. E., Rayfield, E. J., & Anderson, P. S. (2013). Morphological and biomechanical disparity of crocodile-line archosaurs following the end-Triassic extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences280(1770). 

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1770/20131940.full.pdf+html

 

Academic history

2011 - present - The University of Bristol. Geology (PhD) - Thesis title: Evolution of reptiles in Mesozoic marine ecosystems

2010 - 2011 - The University of Bristol. MSc Palaeobiology with Distinction. Thesis title: Form, function and disparity in the evolutionary radiation of Mesozoic crocodylomorph feeding ecologies

2007 - 2010 - The University of Sheffield. BSc Environmental Science: 1st Class honours

 

Academic prizes and nominations

AWARDED - Undergraduate Palaeontological Association prize – University of Sheffield Animal and Plant Sciences 2010: awarded for best performance in Palaeontology

AWARDED - Laverick Webster Hewitt prize – University of Sheffield Geography Department 2010: awarded for best final degree performance (Environmental Science)

NOMINATED - The Geologist’s Association: Curry prize for Masters degree thesis (2011-2012): I am currently waiting to hear the results of this nomination

 

Professional memberships

The Palaeontological Association: associate

The Systematics Association: associate

The Institute of Environmental scientists: associate

 

Previous publications

Stubbs, T. L., Pierce, S. E., Rayfield, E. J., & Anderson, P. S. (2013). Morphological and biomechanical disparity of crocodile-line archosaurs following the end-Triassic extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences280(1770). 

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1770/20131940.full.pdf+html

 

Teaching

Environmental Systems and Cycles: EASC 10002

Geobiology: EASC 20024

Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Evolution: EASCM0036

Taphonomy and paleoecology

 

Keywords

  • palaeobiology
  • biodiversity
  • macroevolution
  • phylogenetic relationships
  • mass extinctions
  • disparity

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School of Earth Sciences

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Recent publications

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Courses

Mr Stubbs currently teaches 3 courses:

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