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Dr Steve Brusatte

Chancellor's Fellow in Vertebrate Palaentology

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Area of Expertise

Research expertisePalaeontology, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Geology


Steve is a vertebrate palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist who specialises in the anatomy, genealogy, and evolution of dinosaurs and other fossil organisms. He has written over 60 scientific papers, published five books (including the coffee table book Dinosaurs and the technical volume Dinosaur Paleobiology), and has described over 10 new species of fossil animals. He has done fieldwork in Britain, China, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and the United States. His research is profiled often in the popular press and he is a “resident palaeontologist” and scientific consultant for the BBC's Walking With Dinosaurs team.


2013   PhD, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University (USA)

2011   MPhil, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University (USA)

2008   MSc, Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (UK)

2008   MSc, Palaeobiology, University of Bristol (UK)

2006-2008   Marshall Scholarship, United Kingdom

2006   BS, Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago (USA)


Current Research Interests

Steve is broadly interested in the anatomy, genealogy, and evolution of fossil vertebrates. Particular research interests are the origin and early evolution of dinosaurs in the Triassic, the anatomy and genealogy of the carnivorous theropod dinosaurs (T. rex and kin), the evolution of birds from theropod dinosaurs, the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, the recovery and radiation of mammals after the end-Cretaceous extinction, and the evolution of marine crocodylomorphs during the Mesozoic. He currently does fieldwork in the Triassic of Portugal and Poland, the Cretaceous of Romania, and the Cretaceous-Paleogene of New Mexico (USA), aimed at understanding major evolutionary radiations and extinctions. His work has appeared in journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Nature Communications, and Evolution, as well as more specialist journals. He is the author of the recent textbook Dinosaur Paleobiology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), meant for higher-level undergraduates and graduate students.

My research in a nutshell

In this video Stephen describes his work as a vertebrate palaeontologist who studies dinosaurs and other fossils to better understand how life changes over time, and in relation to an ever-changing planet. Much of his research is on dinosaurs.

Research activities & awards

  1. Filmclub: Walking With Dinosaurs

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Science Fantastic with Michio Kaku

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

  3. A Makeover for Big Screen Dinos

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

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