DAVESNE Donald

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  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Comparative anatomy, Fossil calibration, Histology, Morphological evolution, Paleobiodiversity, Paleobiology, Phylogenetics, Systematics, Vertebrate paleontology
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I’m mainly interested in the assembly of modern vertebrate biodiversity, the reconstruction of phylogenies and the evolution of morphological and physiological traits in deep time, with a particular focus on teleost evolution. During my PhD I used a conjunction of morphological, molecular and palaeontological data to investigate the phylogeny of acanthomorphs (spiny-rayed fishes), a clade representing half of modern teleosts. My current post-doc uses synchrotron tomographic data to study bone microstructure in fossil and extant ray-finned fishes, using them to infer an array of palaeobiological and palaeogenomic traits.

2016-2019: Post-doctoral research assistant (Leverhulme Trust), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

2016: Post-doctoral research assistant (NERC), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK

2012-2015: PhD student, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France, “The phylogeny of acanthomorph teleosts: palaeontological and molecular approaches”

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