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Doctor Jeff Thompson

Dr Jeff Thompson


Research interests

  • Evolution of animal body plans
  • Macroevolution
  • Molecular Palaeobiology

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Dr. Thompson seeks to integrate multiple lines of evidence to inform a holistic understanding of the evolution of animal morphology and development. Much of his research uses a molecular palaeobiological approach, combining techniques, analytical methods, and quesitons from palaeobiology with those from developmental biology, molecular biology, and functional genomics. As such, his work employs a diverse array of analytical techniques from statistical and phylogenetic analyses of fossil specimens in museum collections, to 3D quantification of morphology using micro-CT and synchrotron imaging, to assays of gene expression and protein localisation during development.