Imran A. Rahman
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
The origin of animals was one of the most significant events in the evolutionary history of life, but the mechanism by which this occurred is unclear. Study of the fossil record of early animals, dating back over half a billion years, is key to uncovering the pattern and process underlying this fundamental episode. The student will be part of a group that is carrying out research on the anatomy, function and evolution of early animals, especially echinoderms (sea urchins, starfish and the like) and other marine invertebrates. The details of any DPhil project would be defined in discussion with the student, but are likely to entail study of fossil specimens in museum collections, and could also involve the application of novel computational methods (e.g. X-ray tomography, 3-D visualization, computer simulation) to extinct organisms.
Associated Research Streams
palaeobiology, evolution, animal origins, echinodermata, tomography, 3-d visualization