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Dr Tom Stubbs

Dr Tom Stubbs

Dr Tom Stubbs
BSC, MSC, PhD(Bristol)

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

Macroevolution of Mesozoic marine reptiles and dinosaurs

Office LS109
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41345


PhD graduate students

  • Jorge Herrera Flores - Macroevolution of Lepidosauria
  • Susana Gutarra - Evolutionary innovations and convergence in Mesozoic marine reptiles



Herrera-Flores, J. A., Stubbs, T. L. & Benton, M. J. (2017) Macroevolutionary patterns in Rhynchocephalia: is the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) a living fossil? Palaeontology. doi:10.1111/pala.12284

Strickson, E., Prieto-Márquez, A., Benton, M. J., & Stubbs, T. L. (2016) Dynamics of dental evolution in ornithopod dinosaurs. Scientific Reports, 6.

Stubbs, T. L. and Benton, M. J. (2016) Ecomorphological diversifications of Mesozoic marine reptiles: the roles of ecological opportunity and extinction. Paleobiology, 42,547-573

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 Sciences, 280(1770).


Academic history

2011 - 2015 - The University of Bristol. Geology (PhD) (Palaeobiology)

2010 - 2011 - The University of Bristol. MSc Palaeobiology with Distinction.

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


Current Controversies in Palaeobiology and Macroevolution: EASCM0001

Evolution of the Biosphere: EASC30008

Vertebrate Palaeobiology and Evolution: EASCM0036

Thesis (MSc Palaeobiology): EASCM1016


  • palaeobiology
  • biodiversity
  • macroevolution
  • phylogenetics
  • mass extinctions
  • disparity



School of Earth Sciences

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Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system


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