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Terri Cleary
I'm interested in most things concerning fossil reptiles, but my research at the moment focuses on Lepidosauria - that's the ancestors of modern lizards, snakes, amphisbaenia, and the tuatara - and their diversity from the Triassic to the Oligocene.
PhD Research
Past Life and Environments

Ectotherm diversity through time: the interplay of sampling biases, environmental drivers and macroevolution

The project documents richness for non-marine lepidosaurs and turtles using novel datasets. We construct sampling-corrected taxic-richness curves that show global and continental-level patterns of richness through time and in space, using both Shareholder Quorum Subsampling (SQS) and modelling approaches in R. These are compared to major climatic (e.g. Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum) and faunal turnover (e.g. Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction) events to examine potential causal links to patterns. We also examine the individual specimen completeness of lepidosaur species in order to assess the quality of the lepidosaur record and highlight associated problems when the record is poor. Understanding changes in past ectotherm diversity with regards to environmental factors can help us to predict the response of modern taxa to current climate change, and will also illuminate the evolutionary history of an important component of the modern biota.
Paul Barrett
Susan Evans
Cleary T.J., Moon B.C., Dunhill A.M. and Benton M.J. (2015) The fossil record of ichthyosaurs, completeness metrics and sampling biases. Palaeontology, 58(3): 521-36. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12158
Cleary T.J., Benson R.B.J., Evans S.E. and Barrett P.M. (2018) Lepidosaurian diversity in the Mesozoic–Palaeogene: the potential roles of sampling biases and environmental drivers. Royal Society Open Science, 5: 171830. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171830
Work & Volunteer Experience
Bit of a hermit, but travel (particularly roadtripping and hiking) is something I love to do when I have (ha) money. Mostly I do the hermit thing.
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