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Dr. Robin M. D. Beck

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Mammalogy, American Museum of Natural History

Research Interests

  • Phylogeny and functional morphology of mammals, particularly marsupials and metatherians
  • Biogeography of Gondwanan mammals
  • Combining molecular and morphological data in phylogenetic analyses
  • Dating phylogenies
  • Phylogenetic methodology in general

Academic Career

2009-2011: Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Mammalogy, American Museum of Natural History; Research project: 'Craniodental morphology and phylogenetic relationships of living and extinct marsupials' - supervised by Dr. Robert Voss

2005-2008: PhD (Biological Sciences), Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales; Research project: 'Form, function, phylogeny and biogeography of enigmatic Australian mammals' — supervised by Prof. Michael Archer, Dr. Suzanne Hand and Dr. Olaf Bininda-Emonds

2002-2003: MSc DIC (Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity), Imperial College and the Natural History Museum, London; Research project: 'The issue of poor quality data in supertrees: the interordinal phylogeny of the placental mammals as a case study' — supervised by Dr. Andy Purvis

1999-2002: MA (Natural Sciences), Pembroke College, University of Cambridge; Research project: 'A cladistic analysis of the strepsirhines using osteological characters, with specific reference to the phylogenetic position of the cheirogaleids and the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)' — supervised by Dr. Adrian Friday

Research grants, awards, scholarships, etc.



 CREATE PhD scholarship: 2007 Best student presentation, 11th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS): 2007 Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship: 2005-2006. Best student presentation, 10th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS): 2005

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