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


Dr Cleary completed her PhD in 2018 at UCL, studying the diversity of lepidosaurs (lizards and snakes) and turtles from the Triassic-Paleogene. She subsequently took this postdoctoral research position, and is studying the diversity patterns of Cenozoic¬ Recent lepidosaurs, examining these alongside fossil record biases and environmental factors.


ORCID: 0000-0003-0424-8073

Research Interests

Fossil record biases, macroevolution, palaeodiversity, mass extinctions


Cleary, T.J., Benson, R.B., Evans, S.E. and Barrett, P.M., 2018. Lepidosaurian diversity in the Mesozoic–Palaeogene: the potential roles of sampling biases and environmental drivers. Royal Society open science, 5(3), p.171830.

 Cleary, T.J., Moon, B.C., Dunhill, A.M. and Benton, M.J., 2015. The fossil record of ichthyosaurs, completeness metrics and sampling biases. Palaeontology, 58(3), pp.521-536.

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