Lab Members

Current Lab Members:

Post-Grad Students

Cat Strickson: PhD, Underfoot pressures and centre of mass evolution (Start Sep 2016).photo-on-06-04-2016-at-17-36-2

Cat has a BSc in Biological Sciences, and an MSc in Palaeobiology. Her previous work has explored dental evolution in Ornithopod Dinosaurs. Cat’s project aims to explore why quadrupedal animals sometimes have differently sized fore- and hind-limbs, and what this means for their biomechanics.

Ryan Marek (PhD, University of Liverpool, co-supervised): Evolution of necks in birds and dinosaurs (Start Sept 2015, submitted Sept 2019) ryan-marek.

His previous work has focused on ichthyosaur neurobiology and pliosaur dental ontogeny. Ryan has also been extensively involved with the Bristol Dinosaur Project during his time at the University of Bristol, both behind the scenes as a fossil preparator and as part of the project’s outreach scheme.

Barbara Grant (PhD, University of Liverpool, co-supervised): Understanding fossil footprint formation and the evolution of human locomotion on compliant substrates (Start Sept 2018)

Barbara has a BA in Archaeology and an MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution. She is interested in the evolution of hominin locomotion and her PhD is focused on how differences in substrate properties can alter gait characteristics and footprint formation.

Nathan Jackson: Recording range of motion with RaspberryPi (MPhil, start Oct 2019)

Nathan completed his undergraduate degree in Zoology at LJMU in 2018. His project is exploring the accuracy and precision of low cost methods for recording range of motion in cadaveric material.

Visiting Academics

Emanuele Peri: Erasmus student from Pisa, Italy, working on fossil whales.

Emanuele is visiting the Falkingham Lab at LJMU to learn computational techniques including photogrammetry, FEA, and CFD.

Former Lab Members:


Ikuko Tanaka (2016-2017): Bird footprints and locomotion (Japanese Research fellowship)

PhD and MPhil/MRes students

Pernille Troelsen PhD: Hydrodynamics of Plesiosaur necks (2016 – 2019)

Pernille’s PhD project was on exploring Plesiosaur biomechanics through digitization and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations.

Jordan Peters MRes (Royal Veterinary College, Co-supervised): Computational reconstruction of the giant rhinoceros Paraceratherium (2016-2017)

Undergraduate projects presented or published

  • Shaleen Glasgow (2018) [Presented her work at SICB 2019]
  • Lewis Finch (2017) [Presented his work at SEB 2017]