About the group

The Macroevolution research team is led by Dr Gavin Thomas, and consists of 3 post-doctoral researchers (Dr Chris Cooney, Dr Joseph Brown and Dr Jon Kennedy), 3 PhD students (Frane Babarovic, Yichen He and Emma Hughes) and 1 research assistant (Zoë Varley).

For further information on each of the team members profiles, please select their name below or from the drop down menu bar above.



Dr Gavin Thomas is the lab PI. General hinderer of productivity.

Dr Chris Cooney is an evolutionary biologist and macroecologist, specialising in speciation.


Angela Chira is a PhD student. Working on the dark side of comparative methods


Yichen He is a PhD student.


Emma Hughes is a PhD student. Loves birds, dead or alive.

Zoë Varley is an RA. Museologist masquerading as a scientist.

PhD Students

Magnus Clarke:  Evolutionary models with ecological interactions  (lead supervisor Rob Freckleton)
Emma Jardine (lead supervisor Colin Osborne) http://osbornelab.group.shef.ac.uk/people/emma-jardine/
Kim Mullins (lead supervisor Colin Osborne) http://osbornelab.group.shef.ac.uk/people/kimberley-mullins/


Dr Jen Bright
Elliot Capp
Dr Thanh-Lan Gluckman
Michael Jardine
Dr Anna Krystalli
Chris Moody
Lara Nouri
Dr Mark Puttick