Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Halliday!

May 22, 2015

Dr. Thomas Halliday successfully defended his PhD thesis against the formidable examiners Rob Asher (University of Cambridge) and Paul Barrett (Natural History Museum).  Thomas's PhD thesis involved a broad array of analyses on early placental evolution, including a massive new phylogenetic analysis of Cretaceous and Paleogene mammals, analyses of evolutionary rates and disparity through the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, and assessment of the inhibitory cascade model of molar evolution across living and extinct eutherians (placentals and their stem relatives).  Thomas is now moving on to a postdoctoral research position expanding this work with genomic data and Bayesian approaches, as well as more fossil data, on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project with myself and Ziheng Yang.  Congratulations, Dr. Halliday!  

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