Lab Members

Current Lab Members

Post-docs and Research Fellows

Post-graduates (PhD + MPhil)

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

Andrew 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.

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

Rab 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.

Visiting Academics

Former Lab Members

Post-docs and Research Fellows

Dr 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.

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


Dr Barbara Grant PhD (University of Liverpool, co-supervised): Understanding fossil footprint formation and the evolution of human locomotion on compliant substrates (2018-2023)
Barbara’s PhD examined metabolic cost and kinematics of humans walking over sand and other compliant substrates.

Nathan Jackson MPhil: Quantifying 3D range of motion using off-the-shelf, low cost cameras (2019-2023)
Nathan used GoPros in combination with the XROMM wokflow to explore the viability of relatively low cost motion tracking systems. Thesis available here.

Dr Catherine 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

Previous undergraduate presentations and publications

  • Clara Fraschini (2023) [Presented her work at SEB 2022]
  • Shaleen Glasgow (2018) [Presented her work at SICB 2019]
  • Lewis Finch (2017) [Presented his work at SEB 2017]

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