Dr Alex Dunhill

Dr Alex Dunhill


I am an Associate Professor of Palaeobiology in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.

My research focuses on large scale macroevolutionary and macroecological processes through deep time with a particular emphasis on late Palaeozoic and early Mesozoic mass extinction events and the accuracy of biodiversity data obtained from the fossil record. I am a member of the Earth Surface Science Institute and the Palaeo@Leeds Research Group.

I have a PhD from the University of Bristol and I am a graduate of the University of Sheffield. Prior to my faculty appointment, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Leeds and was previously a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow in the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath.


  • Programme Leader for Environmental Science

Research interests

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  • PhD in Geology (University of Bristol)
  • MEnvSci (1st class) University of Sheffield

Professional memberships

  • The Palaeontological Association (Ordinary Council Member)
  • Yorkshire Geological Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Palaeo@Leeds

Current postgraduate researchers

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