Pedro Godoy

Pedro Godoy

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Pedro is undertaking doctoral research on fossil crocodyliforms. His project aims to investigate the amazing ecological diversity of the group through its 200 million-year evolutionary history, and seek for correlations with events such mass extinctions, climate changes and geographic distribution.


  • 2014 - MSc in Comparative Biology - University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil
  • 2011 - BSc in Biological Sciences - University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil


Pedro completed his undergraduate studies on Biological Sciences in Brazil (Ribeirão Preto city), in the University of São Paulo (USP). His education in this university includes a Bachelor-level degree and a "Licence" degree, which allows the professional to teach in primary schools.

During his Bachelors, Pedro developed a scientific initiation on fossil crocodyliforms, that culminated in bachelor's thesis to complete the degree in 2011. After that, Pedro started his Masters on Comparative Biology, in the same institution.

His research encompassed the description and phylogenetic analysis of a new baurusuchid species (a fossil crocodyliform group from the Cretaceous of Brazil), and the morphological reassessment of a previously described species of caiman.

During his Masters, Pedro spent six months in New York, at the American Museum of Natural History, for an internship under the supervision of Dr Mark Norell.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Tracking changes in the ecological diversity of Crocodyliformes through deep geological time
Professor Richard Butler


Research interests

  • Anatomy and systematics of fossil crocodyliforms
  • Ecological diversity of fossil crocodyliforms

Archosauromorph Research Group website


Godoy, P.L., Montefeltro, F.C., Norell, M.A., Langer, M.C. (2014) An Additional Baurusuchid from the Cretaceous of Brazil with Evidence of Interspecific Predation among Crocodyliformes. PLoS ONE, 9(5): e97138. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097138