Christos Psarras (2015)
Christos investigated the 3-dimensional nature of material from Siberia claimed to be the oldest evidence for bioturbation on Earth (Rogov et al., 2012). He has compared this material to tubular body fossils from latest Ediacaran strata in Spain, to resolve previous suggestions that the Siberian material may instead record body fossil assemblages (cf. Brasier et al., 2013). Christos was co-supervised by Prof. Phil Donoghue (University of Bristol) and Dr Dima Grazhdankin (IPGG, Novosibirsk). We are grateful to Prof. Soren Jensen (Universidad de Extremadura) and Prof. Rachel Wood (University of Edinburgh) for providing body fossil material for palaeontological comparison.
Billie Howarth (2017)
Billie will be investigating taphonomy and palaeoecology in assemblages of discoidal fossils from the Fermeuse Formation of Newfoundland, Canada.
Frankie Dunn (2015 - Present)
Frankie is exploring the development and morphogenesis of Ediacaran macro-organisms, an endeavor that we hope will ultimately enable us to constrain their phylogenetic affinities. Frankie joined us from the University of Warwick, and has a background in developmental biology. She is co-supervised by Prof. Phil Donoghue (University of Bristol), and Dr Phil Wilby (British Geological Survey), and funded by a NERC GW4 DTP / CASE+ studentship.
If you are interested in Ediacaran palaeobiological research and would like to discuss potential avenues for a future PhD in this area, please get in touch.