Pernille Troelsen: Hydrodynamics of Plesiosaur necks (Start Jan 2016)
Pernille has a Master’s degree on dinosaur trackways using 3D modelling. Her current PhD project is on exploring Plesiosaur biomechanics through digitization and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations.
Cat Strickson: Underfoot pressures and Centre of Mass evolution (Start Sep 2016).
Cat has a BSc in Biological Sciences, and an MSc in Palaeobiology. Her previous work has explored dental evolution in Ornithopod Dinosaurs. Cat’s project will aim to explore why quadrupedal animals sometimes have differently sized fore- and hind-limbs, and what this means for their biomechanics.
Ryan Marek (University of Liverpool): Evolution of necks in birds and dinosaurs (Start Sept 2015)
His previous work has focused on ichthyosaur neurobiology and pliosaur dental ontogeny. Ryan has also been extensively involved with the Bristol Dinosaur Project during his time at the University of Bristol, both behind the scenes as a fossil preparator and as part of the project’s outreach scheme.
Ikuko Tanaka: Bird footprints
Ikuko is joining the lab for 6 months on her Japanese fellowship scheme.