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Dr Neil J Gostling BSc, PhD

Lecturer in Evolution and Palaeobiology

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Dr Neil Gostling is a Lecturer in Evolution and Palaeobiology. He is an evolutionary-developmental biologist (Evo-Devo) by training and a palaeobiologist by research. He has used this diverse background to answer questions from the evolution of animals to the development of root systems. Currently, Neil is working to address questions about the origins of avian flight, and the diversity of dinosaurs in southern England.  Neil contributes to the teaching of evolution and development across the Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences and leads the MRes Programme in Evolution.

Career History:

2019-present: Lecturer in Evolution and Palaeobiology
2016-2019: 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: PhD. 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.

I also have a couple of PhD students, which I supervise:

ProjectSupervisorsStudent
A Description of new baryonychine (Theropoda:
Spinosauridae) material and assessment of trigeminal
(palaeo) neuroanatomy in extinct and extant archosaurs
Dr Neil J. Gostling (FELS),
Dr Claire Clarkin (FELS),
Dr Philip Schneider (FEPS)
Chris T. Barker
Plant-Microbe interactions in a
changing climate
Dr Neil J. Gostling (FELS),
Dr Bjorn Robroek (FELS),
Prof Pete Langdon (FELS),
Prof Paul Hughes (FELS)
Magdalena Steele
Investigating the role of the hindlimb
in the evolution of avian flight
Prof Markus O. Heller (FEPS),
Dr Neil J. Gostling (FELS),
Dr Colin Palmer (University of
Bristol)
Erik Meilak

Former PhD students

Student (graduation year)ProjectSupervisors
Dr Elis Newham (2018)
Faculty of Engineering and
Physical Sciences
School of Engineering
Exploring the Use of Tomography
for the Quantification of Cementum
Growth Patterns Across the
Mammal Phylogeny
Primary Supervisor
Dr Philipp Schneider (FEPS),
Co-supervisor
Dr Neil J. Gostling
Dr Katharine A. Williams
(2019)
Faculty of Engineering and
Physical Sciences
School of Engineering
The bone microstructure of
living and fossil birds: high-
resolution 3D imaging for
enhanced avian palaeobiology
Primary Supervisor
Dr Philipp Schneider (FEPS),
Co-supervisors
Prof. Richard Oreffo (FOM)
Dr Neil J. Gostling

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Affiliate research groups

Developmental Biology, Foundation Year in Science

Research project(s)

Comparative placentology using nanoscale and three-dimensional imaging 

A Description of new baryonychine (Theropoda: Spinosauridae) material and assessment of trigeminal (palaeo) neuroanatomy in extinct and extant archosaurs

Investigating the role of the hindlimb in the evolution of avian flight

Plant-Microbe interactions in a changing climate

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Articles

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
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85/4041

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