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Mr Richard Kelly

Mr Richard Kelly

Mr Richard Kelly

Geology (PhD)

Area of research

Changes in the British insect fauna across the end Triassic mass extinction event.

Tel. +44 (0) 117 39 41341

Research summary

My current research project involves palaeoentomological research including: alpha taxonomy, systematics, stratigraphy, morphometric analysis and the changes in morphology or biodiversity caused by the end Triassic mass extinction event. As well as the palaeoentomological research there is a distinct historical element to the project with research into historical accounts of localities and collectors of fossil insects including the Rev. P.B. Brodie.

I am also interested in general insect taxonomy and systematics (both palaeo and current); historical research into collectors and specific museum objects or specimens; the intersection of art and science in a museum context and the accessibility of ...

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Following an earlier career in industrial laboratory analysis I graduated in BSc Zoology from the University of Reading in 2014 and almost immediately began work on my PhD project. This project sees me investigating British insect fossils from around the Trassic-Jurassic boundary by use of specimens collected mostly during the 19th Century and now held in museums around the country. 

At Reading I worked with the Cole Museum of Zoology helping to curate their pinned insect collections. Upon moving to Bristol I have worked with the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on a series of projects. These include the ...

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