Plant Palaeobiology Research Group

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The study of fossil plants in the Department of Earth Sciences involves interdisciplinary research with several areas of geology, biology and chemistry. Current major fields of research interest include:

  The history and impact of fire

   Terrestrial palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimate proxies

   Molecular palaeobiology

  Events at the Cretaceous-Tertiary, Palaeocene/Eocene and Eocene/Oligocene boundaries

  The evolutionary interaction of animals and plants

   Ecology and evolution of Carboniferous vegetation

   Evolution of Tertiary terrestrial ecosystems

   Palynology and palynofacies as palaeoenvironmental indicators

   Land plants as sources of oil and coal and the evolution of coal-forming vegetation

   Entombment of vegetation by pyroclastic flows

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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