Richard Butler

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

  • Systematics, taxonomy, and anatomy of archosaurs, particularly dinosaurs, and closely related groups
  • Terrestrial recovery from the Permo-Triassic mass extinction event
  • Phanerozoic and Mesozoic diversification patterns among vertebrates, and fossil record quality
  • Late Palaeozoic–Mesozoic vertebrate biogeography
  • Body size evolution and its drivers in deep time
  • Early evolution of the avian respiratory system, and lung ventilation among fossil archosaurs

Biography

  • 2017–. Professor of Palaeobiology and Academic Keeper of the Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham.
  • 2015–2017. Senior Birmingham Fellow, University of Birmingham.
  • 2013–2015. Birmingham Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • 2011–2013. Junior Research Group Leader, Emmy Noether Programme (DFG), GeoBio-Center, LMU, Munich, Germany. 
  • 2009–2011. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship. Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie, Munich, Germany
  • 2008–2009. NERC Researcher Co-Investigator. Natural History Museum London. 
  • 2006–2008. NERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant. Natural History Museum, London. 

Qualifications

  • 2002–2007. Ph.D. (NERC-CASE funded). University of Cambridge and Natural History Museum, London. 
  • 1999–2002. BSc. Geology (First Class Honours). Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

Willingness to take PhD. students

Yes

PhD projects

Richard Butler has research interests in the following subjects:

Systematics, taxonomy, and anatomy of archosaurs, particularly dinosaurs, and closely related groups

Terrestrial recovery from the Permo-Triassic mass extinction event

Phanerozoic and Mesozoic diversification patterns among vertebrates, and fossil record quality

Late Palaeozoic-Mesozoic vertebrate biogeography

Early evolution of the avian respiratory system, and lung ventilation among fossil archosaurs

Professor Butler leads a highly active research group including postdoctoral, PhD, and MSci and BSc researchers.

Keywords

  • QE Geology - Vertebrate palaeontology, Biogeography, Systematics, Macroevolution