Gemma Louise Benevento
How did mammals evolve into their ecological niches through time? Quantitative tests of calssicmacroevolutionary hypotheses.
Gemma Benevento graduated with a first class from the University of Plymouth in 2011, where she studied for a BSc in Geology. Here, she completed a mapping dissertation on the geological evolution of Ardnamurchan, NW Scotland.
Gemma then moved to the University of Bristol to study for her MSc in Palaeobiology, graduating in 2012. Her masters thesis focused on sampling bias within the fossil record, and using statistical models to test ‘the dinosaur decline hypothesis’ once corrections for sampling biases had been applied. Whilst at Bristol she was also an active member of the science outreach team, working primarily with the ‘Bristol Dinosaur Project’.
For the last two years (2012-2014), Gemma has been working in a genetics lab in Cambridge as part of their Cloning team, before deciding to return to University to study for her DPhil.
Academic Prizes and Awards
2010 and 2011 University of Plymouth’s ‘Deans List of Academic Excellence’.
2010 ‘Palaeontological Association’ Prize.
Gemma is interested primarily in macroevolutionary palaeontology. Her work here at Oxford will be based on testing macroevolutionary processes and theories on large geological time scales, using fossil data.
Publications will be coming soon