My research interests lie within the realm of molecular palaeobiology. I use palaeontological data to better constrain molecular and developmental hypotheses while at the same time using molecular data to better understand the tempo and mode of both taxic and character evolution through time.
Currently I am investigating the effects of whole genome duplication events on the evolution, acquisition and functionalisation of microRNAS. In particular, I am looking at the teleost-specific genome duplication event which occurred on the actinopterygian (ray-finned fish) lineage approximately 350 million years ago. Concurrently, I am also developing novel methods to incorporate palaeontologcal and geological data into prior probability distributions for molecular clock analyses using Bayesian methods.