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, vol. 287, no. 1924, 20200372. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.0372

Cleary, TJ, Benson, RBJ, Holroyd, PA, Barrett, PM & Mannion, P 2020, 'Tracing the patterns of non‐marine turtle richness from the Triassic to the Palaeogene: from origin to global spread', Palaeontology. https://doi.org/10.1111/pala.12486

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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