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Sam is a third year PhD student investigating the evolution of locomotion in ancient whales. Using a variety of biomechanical techniques including multibody dynamic analysis and computational fluid dynamics, he aims to quantify the changes associated with the transition from land to water in a range of early whale species.

Previously, he used finite element analysis to investigate the feeding mechanics of Devonian placoderms.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Palaeobiology, University of Bristol

18 Sep 20173 Sep 2018

Award Date: 19 Feb 2019

Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Bristol

Sep 2014Jun 2017

Award Date: 20 Jul 2017

Areas of expertise

  • QH301 Biology
  • Biomechanics
  • Functional morphology
  • Evolutionary biology


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