ERC Research Fellow

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

Roger joined the group at the beginning of 2016 as the lead postdoc on our ERC grant. Roger is a quantitative palaeobiologist with research interests in macroevolutionary patterns, particularly those related to phenotypic evolution and taxonomic diversity.



CLOSE, R. A., Alroy, J., Evers, S. W., Butler, R. J. In press. How should we estimate diversity in the fossil record? Testing richness estimators using sampling-standardised discovery curves. Methods in Ecology & Evolution.

Dunne, E. M., CLOSE, R. A., Button, D. J., Brocklehurst, N., Cashmore, D. D., Lloyd, G. T., Butler, R. J. 2018. Diversity change during the rise of tetrapods and the impact of the ‘Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse’. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20172730.

Benson, R. B. J., Starmer-Jones, E., CLOSE, R. A., Walsh, S. A. 2017. Comparative analysis of vestibular ecomorphology in birds. Journal of Anatomy 231:990–1018.

CLOSE, R. A., Benson, R. B. J., Upchurch, P., Butler, R. J. 2017. Controlling for the species-area effect supports constrained long-term Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate diversification. Nature Communications 8: 15381.

CLOSE, R.A., Johanson, Z., Tyler, J.C., Harrington, R.C. & Friedman, M. 2016. Mosaicism in a new Eocene pufferfish highlights rapid morphological innovation near the origin of crown tetraodontiforms. Palaeontology 59:499-514.

CLOSE, R.A., Davis, B.M., Wolniewicz, A., Walsh, S., Friedman, M. & Benson, R.B.J. 2016. A lower jaw of Palaeoxonodon from the Middle Jurassic of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, sheds new light on the diversity of British stem therians. Palaeontology 59:155-169.

CLOSE, R.A., Friedman, M., Lloyd, G.T. & Benson, R.B.J. 2015. Evidence for a mid-Jurassic adaptive radiation in mammals. Current Biology 25: 2137-2142.

Friedman, M., Beckett, H.T., CLOSE, R.A. & Johanson, Z. 2015. The English Chalk and London Clay: two remarkable British bony fish Lagerstätten. Geological Society Special Publications 430, 165-200.

CLOSE, R.A. & Rayfield, E.J. 2012. Functional morphometric analysis of the furcula in Mesozoic birds. PLoS ONE 7: e36664.

CLOSE, R.A., Vickers-Rich, P., Trusler, P., Chiappe, L.M., O’Connor, J.K., Rich, T.H., Kool, L. & Komarower, P. 2009. Earliest Gondwanan bird from the Cretaceous of southeastern Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29: 616-619.