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Jordan is a NERC-CENTA PhD student based at the University of Leicester. Jordan completed his integrated Master’s (MBiol, BSc) degree in Zoology at the University of Leeds, in addition to working with postdoctoral researchers from Leeds and Bath on a project examining dinosaur biogeographic structure throughout the Mesozoic. Jordan’s PhD is focused on pterosaur ecology through examination of tooth microwear patterns and skull biomechanics. This project is supervised by Dr David Unwin and Prof. Mark Purnell (University of Leicester), with co-supervision from Dr Don Henderson (Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada) and from Richard Butler.



Dunhill, A.M., BESTWICK, J., Narey, H. & Sciberras, J. 2016. Dinosaur biogeographical structure and Mesozoic continental fragmentation: a network-based approach. Journal of Biogeography.

BESTWICK, J. & Smith, A.S. 2015. Creswell Crags fossil material in the Nottingham Natural History Museum, Wollaton Hall, UK. The Geological Curator 10: 181–192.


BESTWICK, J., Unwin, D.M. & Purnell, M.A. 2016. Inferring the diets of pterosaurs and extant analogues using a quantitative 3D textural analysis of tooth microwear [talk]. Progressive Palaeontology, Oxford, UK.  

BESTWICK, J. & Smith, A.S. 2015. Assessment of the Creswell Crags fossil material at Nottingham Natural History Museum, Wollaton Hall, UK [poster]. Palaeontological Association 59th Annual Meeting, Cardiff, UK.

BESTWICK, J., Little, C.T.S., Gill, F.L. & Kiel, S. 2014. Cenozoic hydrocarbon seep molluscs from the Caribbean region [poster]. Palaeontological Association 58th Annual Meeting, Leeds, UK.