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Department of Zoology


Hello! My name is Robert and I am an MPhil student in Biological Sciences in the Department of Zoology. My research focuses on the evolutionary history and phylogenetics of shrews (Soricidae), a ubiquitous but obscure mammal group that has been previously overlooked and whose evolution is not very well understood. Supervised by Dr Robert Asher, I am undertaking a one-year project aiming to reconstruct a more comprehensive shrew phylogeny using anatomical and molecular data.


  • BSc in Biological Sciences, Imperial College London


Key publications: 
  • Brazeau, M.D., Yuan, H., Giles, S., Jerve, A.L., Zorig, E., Ariunchimeg, Y., Sansom, R.S. & Atwood, R. (In prep.) A well-preserved ‘placoderm’ (Stem-group Gnathostomata) upper jaw from the Early Devonian of Mongolia clarifies jaw evolution. Target journal: Proceedings of the Royal Society, Ser. B.