Lab Members

Current Lab Members:

Post-docs and Research Fellows


Post-grad Students

Andrew Burgess: (PhD): Computational and physical modelling of the physics of powder flow during additive manufacturing (Start Jan 2021)

AndyAndrew has an MEng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (first class) from LJMU.  He is bringing his experience of additive manufacturing, and computational methods to exploring particle dynamics in powder-based AM.


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.jpgBarbara 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.

Rab Smyth (PhD, University of Leciester, co-supervised): ‘Pteraichnites’ and their implications for pterosaur terrestrial palaeoecology and evolution. (Start Sept. 2021)

rab-smyth-photoRab has a BSc and MRes in Palaeontology. His PhD research focuses on pterosaur track record. He is particularly interested in what tracks can tell us about the locomotory abilities of pterosaurs, as well as the roles that they played within Mesozoic ecosystems.

Nathan Jackson: (MPhil) Recording range of motion with RaspberryPi (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

Former Lab Members:


Jens Lallensack (German DFG fellowship) 2020 – 2022: Jens work on fossil tracks involves 3D analysis of trackways parameters to infer gaits of dinosaurs.Google scholar.

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

Post-grad students

Dr Cat Strickson PhD: Underfoot pressures and centre of mass evolution (2016-2021)

Cat’s PhD explores why quadrupedal animals sometimes have differently sized fore- and hind-limbs, and what this means for their biomechanics. Google scholar

Dr Ryan Marek PhD (University of Liverpool, co-supervised): The Surrogate Arm: Functional Morphology of the Avian Cervical Column (2015-2020)

Ryan’s PhD examined regionalization and morphology of bird necks, using 3D geometric morphometrics. Google scholar.

Dr 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. Google Scholar.

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

Previous Lab Visitors

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

Undergraduate projects presented or published

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

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