Margaret Collinson


  • TW20 0EX

Personal profile

Research interests

  • Evolution of English Palaeogene land ecosystems
  • Biomolecular Palaeobotany
  • the geochemical characterisation of cuticles and propagules
  • Use of oxygen isotopes from biogenic phosphates in palaeoclimate determination
  • Taphonomy and the fate of plants, especially charcoal, in sediments
  • Tertiary floras, vegetation and climate
  • Palaeogene palynology
  • Fern Palaeobiology
  • Plant mesofossils (especially water ferns) at the K/T boundary
  • Animal/plant interactions in the fossil record
  • Global change across the K/T, Palaeocene/Eocene and Eocene/Oligocene boundaries
  • Evolution and functional biology of ancient plants
  • Evolutionary pattern in plant assemblages
  • Biological self assembly


  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year courses in Palaeobiology, Palaeoecology & history of life
  • Field courses - S. England

Expertise related to 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. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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