Dr Roger Close PhD

Dr Roger Close

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
ERC Research Fellow

Contact details

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

Dr Roger Close is a quantitative palaeobiologist. His research interests focus on macroevolutionary patterns, particularly those related to phenotypic evolution and taxonomic diversity.


BA/BSci (Hons), PhD.


Recent publications


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

Close, R, Evers, S, Alroy, J & Butler, R 2018, 'How should we estimate diversity in the fossil record? Testing richness estimators using sampling-standardised discovery curves', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 1386-1400. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12987

Dunne, E, Close, R, Button, D, Brocklehurst, N, Cashmore, D, Lloyd, G & Butler, R 2018, 'Diversity change during the rise of tetrapods and the impact of the ‘Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse’', Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences, vol. 285, 20172730. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2730

Close, R, Benson, R, Upchurch, P & Butler, R 2017, 'Controlling for the species-area effect supports constrained long term Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate diversification', Nature Communications, vol. 8, 15381. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms15381

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