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Professor Philip Donoghue


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, NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and then Lecturer in Palaeobiology at the University of Birmingham before moving to Bristol in 2003. I currently serve as an editor for Journal of the Geological Society, as well as on the editorial boards of Evolution & Development, EvoDevo, Lethaia, Scientific Data and Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences. I served on the Council of the Palaeontological Association (1999-2013; Newsletter Editor, Vice President, Editor, Trustee), as inaugral Secretary for the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (2006-9), on the NERC Peer Review College (2008-12), the NERC Training Advisory Group (2011-2013), and the Royal Society Newton International Fellowship (2013-) and University Research Fellowship (2017-) panels, as well as Sectional Committee 9. My research has been recognized by awards including the Philip Leverhulme Prize (Leverhulme Trust 2004), the Bigsby Medal (Geological Society 2007), the Charles Shuchert Award (Paleontological Society 2010), and the President's Medal (Palaeontological Association 2014). I held a NESTA Research Fellowship (2005-7) and I currently hold a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2013-14) and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013-2018). I was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2015.