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Research interests

Current Research

Members of my group are variouslly using the fossil record to answer questions about large scale, ‘macroevolutionary’ processes. Between us, we are interested in how fossils can be useful in building phylogenies, how groups diversify though ‘design space’, and how shifts in developmental programs can underpin the largest, macroevolutionary changes.

Projects being undertaken by current members of my lab include:

  • The phylogeny of Eumalacostraca using molecules, morphology and fossils
  • Testing macroevolutionary trends, particularly patterns of disparity through time
  • The congruence of phylogeny and stratigraphy
  • The quality of phylogentic data
  • How ‘shaky’ are phylogenetic trees including fossils?
  • Fossilisation filters and the Tree of Life
  • Building a supertree of arthropods
  • Ontogenetic disparity and the evolution of molluscs

Goals

To improve our understanding of some of the deepest branches in animal evolution, and to evaluate the contribution that fossil make to resolving these.

To test the validity of putative macroevolutionary trends (e.g., early high morphological disparity and increasing complexity).

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Phylogeny Medicine & Life Sciences
phylogeny Earth & Environmental Sciences
fossils Agriculture & Biology
phylogenetics Earth & Environmental Sciences
fossil Earth & Environmental Sciences
fossil record Earth & Environmental Sciences
wader Earth & Environmental Sciences
Arthropods Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2005 2020

software
phylogenetics
data quality
paleobiology
rust disease
mass extinction
extinction
hydrodynamics
ammonite
computational fluid dynamics
mass extinction
extinction
hydrodynamics
ammonite
computational fluid dynamics
arthropods
testing
branching
fossils
researchers

Research Output 1992 2019

Craniodental and postcranial characters of non-avian Dinosauria often imply different trees

Li, Y., Ruta, M. & Wills, M., 3 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Systematic Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phylogenetic incongruence and homoplasy in the appendages and bodies of arthropods: Why broad character sampling is best

Brinkworth, A., Wills, M. & Sansom, R., 17 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Elevated atmospheric CO2 promoted speciation in mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae)

Tang, C., Davis, K., Delmer, C., Yang, D. & Wills, M., 5 Nov 2018, In : Communications Biology. 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Freshwater transitions and symbioses shaped the evolution and extant diversity of caridean shrimps

Davis, K. E., De Grave, S., Delmer, C. & Wills, M. A., 22 Feb 2018, In : Communications Biology. 1, 1, 16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Thesis

Comparative Cladistics: Fossils, Morphological Data Partitions and Lost Branches in the Fossil Tree of Life

Author: Mounce, R., 3 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Comparative Insights Into Convergent Evolution

Author: Oyston, J., 23 May 2018

Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor) & Wilkinson, M. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Cretaceous-Cenozoic Evolution of the Crocodylia, and the Role of Environmental Change in Driving Diversity

Author: Russell, H., 13 Feb 2019

Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor) & Longrich, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Fossils and the Tree of Life: Ghost ranges, stratigraphic congruence and data quality

Author: O'Connor, A., 6 Mar 2014

Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Major Evolutionary Trends

Author: Hughes, M., 29 Nov 2013

Supervisor: Wills, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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