Welcome to the homepage of the research group of Dr Richard Butler, based within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, where we form part of the Geosystems Research Group and the Palaeobiology research theme. We are also associated with the Lapworth Museum of Geology.

Our research group focuses on major transitions in vertebrate evolution, and the long-term patterns and drivers of vertebrate diversity, macroevolution and biogeography in deep time. Current key research projects are focused on: (i) reconstructing major changes in species richness and morphological diversity of terrestrial tetrapods across the Phanerozoic; and (ii) Permian–Jurassic terrestrial ecosystems and the early evolutionary radiations of dinosaurs and their close relatives (archosauromorphs).

Our research is currently funded primarily by awards from the European Research Council (Starting Grant) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (Career Integration Grant). Recent research has been funded by the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation, and we also receive funding from a variety of other sources, including CAPES, National Geographic, Synthesys, NERC and the Jurassic Foundation.

Please follow links in the top right corner for more information on our group and our research.