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general introduction

General introduction

- National e-Science Centre Team

- Immediate area

- Course Team

uk e science
UK e-Science


Virtual infrastructures

UK investedheavily in


Many centres/institutesonly

exist for a few years

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NationaI e-Science Centree-Science Institute

Elizabeth Vander Meer

Jefferson Shirley

Mark Pellegrini

Iain Coleman

paleodb course personnel
PaleoDB course personnel

Mark Bell (GES, University of Glasgow)

Rich Butler (BASP, Germany)

Graeme Lloyd (Dept. of Palaeontology, NHM)

Al McGowan (GES, University of Glasgow)

Katie Strang(GES, University of Glasgow)

paleodb course personnel mark bell
PaleoDB course personnelMark Bell

While studying Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow Mark developed an interest in palaeobiologyand specifically the extinct Trilobita. In 2005 he moved to London to begin his PhD jointly between the Natural History Museum and the University of Bristol where his research focused on trends in body-size of trilobites; comparing a new dataset with potentially controlling phylogenetic, environmental and ecological factors. His time at Bristol allowed for the development of several collaborations with MSc students to study similar trends in other clades including Perissodactylamammals. Currently Mark is based at the University of Glasgow where an honorary research position is allowing him to pursue collaborations and projects involving the use of maximum likelihood modeling of phenotypic trends in fossil clades including metriorhynchidcrocodiles and dinosaurs.

paleodb course personnel rich butler
PaleoDB course personnelRich Butler

Richard Butler completed his PhD on ornithischian dinosaur systematics and biogeography at the University of Cambridge in 2006. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a NERC postdoctoral research assistant in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum, where he developed an interest in vertebrate diversity patterns and the impact of uneven spatiotemporal sampling of the fossil record. He is currently based at the BSPG in Munich, Germany, where his research focus on Triassic terrestrial ecosystems and the rise of dinosaurs, as well as the morphological and taxonomic diversification of Mesozoic tetrapods (particularly dinosaurs, pterosaurs and marine reptiles). He is a major contributor to the PaleoDB, having entered or edited >1400 collections.

paleodb course personnel graeme lloyd
PaleoDB course personnelGraeme Lloyd

After obtaining a degree in Geology at UCL Graeme moved to Bristol where he completed his MSc and PhD. For his MSc he examined the selectivity of Triassic tetrapod extinction events, work that ultimately led to collaborations with Steve Brusatte on the early evolution of dinosaurs. For his PhD he worked on a variety of topics, including updating the dinosaur supertree first produced by the Bristol group back in 2002. On completing his PhD Graeme had a short teaching job at Bristol, substituting for Mike Benton whilst he was on sabbatical, before moving to his current post at the Natural History Museum. At present he is working on a project that compares the deep sea and land-based rock and fossil records of coccolithophores and planktic Foraminifera.

paleodb course personnel al mcgowan
PaleoDB course personnelAl McGowan

I am currently a RSE/Scottish Government Postdoctoral Research Fellow. My main research interests are: quantitative analysis of biodiversity; disentangling biodiversity signals from sampling and rock biases; geodiversity; the palaeobiology of cephalopods. I am an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (MfN Berlin) and worked as a PDRA at the NHM, UCL and Smithsonian NMNH. My Ph. D. on Triassic ammonoid evolution was completed at the University of Chicago after a M. Sc. at the University of Bristol. My B. Sc. is in Geology and Applied Geology from the University of Glasgow.

paleodb course personnel katie strang
PaleoDB course personnelKatie Strang

I am an undergraduate at the University of Glasgow studying Earth Sciences, currently studying for my finals. I worked with Al McGowan last summer on a GES Prize internship concerning the Carboniferous ammonoids of the Midland Valley of Scotland. I have also worked on the biomaterialpropertiesof cephalopod jaws as part of my independent lab project, using techniques such as SEM imaging and nanoidentation. Next year I hope to study on the MRes in Evolutionary Biology and Systematics at the University of Glasgow. I aim to gain more insight into evolutionary patterns, in particular those concerning extinct species to, hopefully, allow me to pursue a career in the field of palaeontology.