Dr. Alexander G. Liu MESc (Oxon), D.Phil. (Oxon), FGS
University Lecturer in Palaeobiology, University of Cambridge
Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge
NERC Independent Research Fellow
My research explores fossils of the late Ediacaran Period, the critical geological interval between 580 and 541 million years ago when large and complex organisms, including the earliest known animals, diversified throughout the global oceans. I investigate aspects of the biology, ecology, and evolution of Ediacaran organisms in an attempt to better understand both the early evolution of animals, and the interplay between biological evolution and major environmental change. I conduct research at several localities around the world, but my primary field sites are in eastern Newfoundland, Canada. By combining extensive annual fieldwork with research into fossil preservation, geochemistry, and sedimentology, I strive to further knowledge of early animal evolution.
I am a Lecturer in Palaeobiology at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, and am currently funded by a NERC Independent Research Fellowship. Professional affiliations include membership of the Palaeontological Association, the Geological Association of Canada, and the International Palaeontological Association. I am a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Paleontology, and a Voting Member of the International Subcommission on Ediacaran Stratigraphy.