Dr Terri Cleary BSc MSc PhD

Terri Cleary

Earth Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Terri Cleary is a quantitative palaeobiologist studying vertebrate diversity patterns in deep time. In particular she is interested in the interactions of fossil record biases and environmental influences with terrestrial ectotherm diversity.


2011 - BSc Biology – University of Sheffield

2013 - MSc Palaeobiology – University of Bristol

2018 - PhD – University College London


Fossil record biases, macroevolution, palaeodiversity, mass extinctions


Recent publications


Close, R, Benson, RBJ, Alroy, J, Carrano, MT, Cleary, T, Dunne, E, Mannion, P, Uhen, M & Butler, R 2020, 'The apparent exponential radiation of Phanerozoic land vertebrates is an artefact of spatial sampling biases', Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences.

Close, R, Benson, RBJ, Alroy, J, Behrensmeyer, A, Benito Moreno, J, Carrano, MT, Cleary, T, Dunne, E, Mannion, PD, Uhen, M & Butler, R 2019, 'Diversity dynamics of Phanerozoic terrestrial tetrapods at the local community scale', Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 590-597. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0811-8

Cleary, TJ, Benson, RBJ, Evans, SE & Barrett, PM 2018, 'Lepidosaurian diversity in the Mesozoic–Palaeogene: the potential roles of sampling biases and environmental drivers', Royal Society Open Science, vol. 5, no. 3, 171830. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.171830

Cleary, TJ, Moon, BC, Dunhill, AM & Benton, MJ 2015, 'The fossil record of ichthyosaurs, completeness metrics and sampling biases', Palaeontology, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 521-536. https://doi.org/10.1111/pala.12158

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