Dr Rob Sansom

Senior Lecturer

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I am a palaeobiologist interested in using the fossil record to address big evolutionary problems such as the origin and early evolution of vertebrates, and the Cambrian diversification of animals. More broadly I am interested how macroevolutionary inferences are drawn from fossil data, particularly the role of morphology in phylogenetics and the role of preservation and incompleteness in shaping our understanding. To do this I use a range of techniques from phylogenetics, laboratory investigations of decay and preservation, and direct analyses of fossil material. As such, projects in my lab include both experimental and theoretical approaches. More informtion can be found here.

Biography

*2020-2021Severe disruption during COVID-19 pandemic given childcare crises (caring responsibility for two children below 6 years old) and move to online teaching; *2015, 2018 Combined 4 months of parental leave

2019-
Senior Lecturer, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester

2014-2019
Lecturer, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester

2012-2014
Research Fellow (NERC), Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester

2011-2012
Research Fellow (NERC), Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath

2008-2012
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geology, University of Leicester

2004-2008
PhD, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol and Department of Palaeontology, Natural History Museum

2000-2003
BA, Biological Sciences, St. John's College, University of Oxford

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