• MILNER CENTRE 1.11

20002020
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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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Projects 2005 2020

Mark Puttick 1851

Wills, M.

1/12/1730/11/20

Project: UK charity

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 2000 2018

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

Open Access

A machine-compiled microbial supertree from figure-mining thousands of papers

Mounce, R., Murray-Rust, P. & Wills, M. 9 May 2017 In : Research Ideas and Outcomes. 3, e13589

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

File
taxonomy
microbiology
phylogeny
prokaryotic cells
synthesis
5 Citations

Dental data perform relatively poorly in reconstructing mammal phylogenies: Morphological partitions evaluated with molecular benchmarks

Sansom, R. S., Wills, M. A. & Williams, T. Sep 2017 In : Systematic Biology. 66, 5, p. 813-822 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Benchmarking
Phylogeny
Mammals
Tooth
teeth
1 Citations

Differences between hard and soft phylogenetic data

Sansom, R. S. & Wills, M. A. 20 Dec 2017 In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 284, 1869, 20172150

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mammals
Bivalvia
Birds
Phylogeny
Fish