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.
- Evolutionary Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Developmental Biology
I currently 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.
Neil has taught Evolution and Palaeobiology for over 14 years, creating and delivering modules from first-year undergraduate to Masters level, innovating in education, and publishing highly cited educational research.
Neil has received both the Faculty and Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching and SUSU Academic Award for teaching, as well as the SUSU Most Engaging Lecturer award two years in a row.
Neil leads the MRes Programme in Evolution.
External roles and responsibilities
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
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