IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Bradley Deline

Dr. Bradley Deline24 June - 15 July 2014

Dr. Bradley Deline is an assistant professor at the University of West Georgia and has received degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati.  His research interests span across palaeontology including the systematics, homology, and taxonomy of early Palaeozoic echinoderms, community paleoecology and the history of predation, and experimental taphonomy relating to preservation of soft tissues and rates of dissolution associated with modern ocean acidification.

Dr. Deline‚Äôs primary research interest focuses on unravelling patterns of morphological diversity during pivotal intervals in the history of life on Earth, specifically the Cambrian Explosion.  He has examined the morphological structure of small-scale communities as well as long-term global patterns of morphological evolution within phyla and kingdoms. Quantifying organismal body plans allows the testing of hypotheses that are decades old as well as the evaluation of causal mechanisms for major evolutionary transitions.  During his time at the University of Bristol Dr. Deline will apply his expertise in analysing morphological patterns to diverse datasets focused on the major evolutionary transitions.

For more information on Dr. Deline's visit, please contact Professor Phillip Donoghue.