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Department of Zoology


I am in the final year of my PhD supervised by Dr. Jason Head. My work is focused on the morphological analysis of axial skeleton diversity amongst reptiles.

Reptiles encompass a massive diversity of body form, function, and ecology, but the diversity of axial skeletal morphology has not previously been examined across the clade in phylogenetic or ecological contexts. With my research I aim to investigate the unknown depths of axial skeleton diversity across Reptilia, including extant lizards, crocodiles, and birds, and fossil taxa.

In 2017 I graduated with an undergraduate master’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. During my master’s year I was in Roger Benson’s research group, and also worked closely with Phil Cox at York. My study was based on biomechanical comparative analysis of the jaw of the Oxford dodo specimen and of its closest living relative (the Nicobar pigeon).

PhD candidate
Lucy Roberts holding a tortoise

Contact Details

Museum Room G. 15
01223 (7)68919