Sam Giles

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Sam Giles is a vertebrate palaeontologist with an interest in the anatomy, relationships, and macroevolution of Palaeozoic and Mesozoic fossil fishes. Her research uses x-ray imaging (CT scanning) to unlock the external and internal anatomy of living and fossil vertebrates. She is interested in the origins and evolutionary success of different bony vertebrate groups and the evolution of key features in the vertebrate body plan. Her work has led to major revisions in our understanding of origins of gnathostomes, osteichthyans, and teleosts, some of the most species-rich vertebrate clades.


2015 – PhD, University of Oxford
2011 – MSci Geology, University of Bristol


2018 – Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of Birmingham and Academic Keeper (Research) of the Lapworth Museum of Geology

2017  2018 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of Oxford

2015  2019 Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford


Willingness to take PhD students