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Dr Neil J. Gostling BSc, PhD

Senior Teaching Fellow

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Dr Neil Gostling joined Biological Sciences in January 2016 as a Senior Teaching Fellow. Neil is an evolutionary-developmental biologist (Evo-Devo) by training and a palaeontologist by research. He uses innovative methods to answer questions from the evolution of animals to the development of root systems. Neil will contribute to the teaching of evolution and development across the Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Career History:

2016-present: Senior Teaching Fellow. Biological Sciences, The University of Southampton, UK
2013-2015: Teacher of Science. Redbridge Community School and Chamberlayne College of the Arts, Southampton, UK
2011-2013: Research Fellow in Plant Development. Biological Sciences, The University of Southampton, UK
2008-2010: Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Zoology and Developmental Biology, Biological Sciences, SUNY Oswego, NY, USA
2005-2008: Research Associate in Palaeobiology. The University of Bristol, UK

Academic Qualifications:

2013-2014: PGCE (and QTS). The University of Southampton, UK
2000-2004: Ph.D. Evolutionary Developmental Biology. The University of Reading
1997-2000: BSc. Joint Hons. Botany and Zoology. The University of Reading


Research interests

I am an evolutionary biologist with experience in molecular and developmental biology and palaeontology. I use techniques from experimental taphonomy to high resolution CT scanning, to answer questions about the veracity of the fossil record; and molecular biology to look at gene expression patterns and gene sequences for phylogenetic analysis.

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Affiliate research groups

Developmental Biology, Foundation Year in Science

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Foundation Year in Science (Biology/Zoology)
BIOL1001 First Year Field Course (Spain)
BIOL1003 Ecology and Evolution
BIOL1004 Patterns of Life
BIOL2001 Evolution
BIOL2007 Plant Development and Function
BIOL2014 Second Year Field Course (New Forest)
BIOL3059 Bioscience Education


Dr Neil J. Gostling
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85/4041

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