Dr Christopher Dean PhD

Dr Christopher Dean

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact details

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

Christopher Dean is a quantitative palaeobiologist studying diversity patterns in deep time. He is particularly interested in the spatial expression of fossil record biases and the impact these have on our understanding of ecology in deep time.


  • 2013 - MSci Geology – Imperial College London
  • 2018 – PhD – Imperial College London


Dr Dean completed his PhD at Imperial College London in 2018, researching spatial patterns in the palaeoenvironment, palaeoecolgoy and taphonomy of the Western Interior Seaway, USA. He has subsequently taken this current postdoctoral position working under the ERC project TERRA, where he will be applying new techniques in order to understand the impacts of biases on the North American mammal fossil record. 


Research Interests: 

  • Fossil Record Bias
  • Macroevolution
  • Spatial Diversity
  • Epicontinental Seas

Research Group:

Vertebrate Palaeontology Research Group

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Dean, C.D., Allison, P.A., Hampson, G.J., Hill, J. (in review).Aragonite bias exhibits systematic spatial variation in the late Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway, North America. Paleobiology.

Dean, C.D., Mannion, P.D. and Butler, R.J., 2016. Preservational bias controls the fossil record of pterosaurs. Palaeontology59(2), pp.225-247.

Dean, C.D., Sutton, M.D., Siveter, D.J. and Siveter, D.J., 2015. A novel respiratory architecture in the S ilurian mollusc A caenoplax. Palaeontology58(5), pp.839-847.