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Dr Tom Stubbs

Dr Tom Stubbs

Dr Tom Stubbs
BSC, MSC, PhD(Bristol)

Research Associate - Palaeobiology Modeller

Area of research

The evolution of morphological variation in vertebrates

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


My research focuses on studying evolution using disparity analyses and comparative phylogenetic approaches. I am interested in the evolution of morphological variation in vertebrates, extinction events in Earth's history, shape analyses, the diversification of life through time and numerical methods. 

In my research I have studied the evolution of marine reptiles, crocodilians, dinosaurs (including birds), fish, and squamates (scaled reptiles).


Academic history

2011 - 2015 - The University of Bristol. PhD Geology-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



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