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Department of Zoology



I am in the second year of my PhD working with Jason Head looking at the diversity of axial skeleton regionalization among reptiles, and how this diversity is associated with anatomical and ecological innovation, as well as developmental mechanisms such as Hox gene expression.

In 2017 I graduated with my 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).


I am interested in many aspects of vertebrate evolution, including evo-devo, comparative anatomy, functional analysis and systematics.

During my master's I really enjoyed using quantitative techniques and software that derives from engineering in palaeontological study. I hope to continue this interdisciplinary spirit in my research in the years to come.

PhD student
Lucy Roberts

Contact Details

Museum Room G. 15
01223 (7)68919