Dr. Gavin Thomas
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, S10 2TN
+44 (0)114 2220136

My research focuses on modelling the diversification of species and traits at a macroevolutionary scale. I am particularly interested in how we can use information on the phylogenetic relationships among species to infer how present day biodiversity has arisen over time and ask:

  • How and why do lineages and traits diversify?
  • What are the consequences of varying tempo and mode of lineage and trait evolution for temporal and spatial patterns of diversity

Recently I have been most occupied with constructing and analysing a global phylogeny of birds to understand avian diversity in space and time. The tree(s) in various forms can be downloaded from