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Prof Susan Evans
UCL Anatomy Building
Gower Street
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  • Professor of Vertebrate Morphology and Palaeontology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

I completed  BSc in Zoology (Bedford College, University of London) followed by a PhD in Vertebrate Palaeontology (UCL) under the supervision of Kenneth Kermack, and a PGCE in Biology (Institute of Education, London). I spent three years teaching zoology and anatomy (and chasing lizards) in Bahrain, Arabian Gulf, before returning to the UK and a position at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. Following the merger between MHMS and UCL, I rejoined UCL (Department of Anatomy, now Cell & Developmental Biology). 

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Research Summary

Lepidosaurs (the reptile group including lizards, snakes and their relatives) and lissamphibians (frogs and salamanders, and their relatives) form two of the largest and most successful groups of living organisms. They include some of the most diverse and specialised body forms, and show a wide range of ecologies, reproductive strategies, and locomotor abilities. My lab focuses on the evolution of key anatomical features in these and related groups, and on the consequences of these innovations for their temporal and geographical diversification. 

Our approach is multidisciplinary, combining comparative anatomy, imaging, functional morphology, palaeobiology, development, morphometrics, and biomechanical modeling, to give an integrated perspective on morphological evolution through time. 

We are currently collaborating with researchers in the UK, USA, Canada, China, Japan, Russia, and France on a range of prjects involving both fossil and recent material.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach undergraduate (BSc) courses in human and comparative anatomy and contribute to teaching in palaeontology and zoology (BSc, MSci). In addition, I supervise research projects at Masters and Ph.D level (palaeontology, morphology, systematics).

OCT-2003 Professor of Vertebrate Morphology and Palaeontology Cell and developmental Biology University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-1997 – SEP-2003 Reader in Comparative Anatomy Anatomy University College London, United Kingdom
SEP-1992 – SEP-1997 Senior Lecturer in Anatomy Anatomy University College London, United Kingdom
SEP-1984 – AUG-1992 Lecturer in Anatomy Anatomy University College London, United Kingdom
SEP-1982 – JUN-1983 Lecturer in Life Sciences Life Sciences College of Health Sciences, Bahrain
SEP-1980 – JUN-1982 Assistant Professor In Biology Biology University College Bahrain, Bahrain
Academic Background
1980   ATQ07 - Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary edu, further edu, life long lear Institute of Education
1980   Postgraduate Certificate in Education Institute of Education
1977   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1974   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of London
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