received his PhD from Plymouth University, UK, and an integrated Masters from the University of Hull, UK. William is a paleoecologist primarily interested in the recovery of marine invertebrates following the late Permian mass extinction event. His research focuses on how subsequent environmental change following the late Permian mass extinction led to shifts in the recovery of the benthos and if wave-aerated settings provided a ‘habitable zone’ allowing diverse benthic life to survive and recover following major climate warming.

Areas of Expertise

Palaeoecology; Palaeontology


Geo.X Postdoctoral Fellowship - Geo.X (2017)

Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Texas at Austin (2015)

Oxford award for Malacology - Malacological Society of London (2014)

Callomon Award - Palaeontological Association (2014 - 2015)

JSPS Summer Programme - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2014)

Best Oral Presentation - Geological Society of London (2013)

Best Oral Presentation - PLYMSEF (2013)

NERC-funded PhD - Plymouth University (2011 - 2015)

Merchant Prize - University of Hull (2011)

Research Asistant, Natural History Museum, London (2015)

Subsequent biotic crises following the late Permian mass extinction, Geological Society of America, Baltimore (2015)