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University of Lincoln
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United Kingdom

About Marcello Ruta

I joined the University of Lincoln School of Life Sciences on 3rd September 2012 as a NERC Advanced Research Fellow. I shall take a position as Senior Lecturer in the School starting in January 2014. I graduated in Natural Sciences (Systematic Zoology) from University of Bari, Italy, and received my PhD in Palaeontology from Birkbeck College (Biology Department), University of London, and the London Natural History Museum (Palaeontology Department). I carried out postdoctoral research at University College London (Department of Biology), University of Chicago (Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy), the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (Geology Department), and University of Bristol (School of Earth Sciences).

Department Responsibilities

Research, teaching, supervision of MSc, PhD, PDRA.

Subject Specialism

Analytical Evolutionary Palaeobiology


  • Oct 1994 - May 1998 PhD (Palaeontology; Distinction)
  • Title of thesis: Interrelationships of the anomalocystitid mitrates
  • Institutions: Department of Biology, Birkbeck College, University of London, and Department of Palae
  • Sep 1987 - July 1992 BSc (Zoology; Honours)
  • Title of thesis: I Kinorhyncha della Secca d’Amendolara [ Kinorhyncha from the Amendolara Shoal ]
  • Institutions: Istituto di Zoologia e Anatomia Comparata, Universitá degli Studi, Bari, Italy


  • 2010 - 2012 BBSRC Standard Grant / New Investigator ( £ 235,927.20 ) - Principal Investigator
  • Title: Multidisciplinary approaches to the evolutionary history of felids: phylogeny,
  • disparity, and biomechanics in living and fossil cats
  • School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol
  • 2009 - 2013 NERC Advanced Research Fellowship ( £ 415,972 ) - Principal Investigator
  • Title: Global catastrophe or random decline? Evolutionary perspectives on the fall and
  • rise of tetrapods across the Permo-Triassic boundary
  • School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, transferred to University of Lincoln in
  • September 2012
  • 2004 - 2006 John Caldwell Meeker Postdoctoral Fellowship ( $ 30,000 ) - Principal Investigator
  • Title: Interrelationships of Permo-Carboniferous temnospondyls
  • Department of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
  • 1996 - 1998 Training And Mobility Of Researchers Grant ( £ 50,000 ) - Principal Investigator
  • Marie Curie Fellowship, European Community, IV Framework Programme
  • Title: Palaeontological studies on the evolutionary origin of the vertebrates
  • Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, London


(i) Peer Reviewer for Scientific Journals [number of refereed papers to date reported in brackets] Acta Zoologica (3); Alcheringa (2); Annals of Carnegie Museum of Natural History (2); Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (1); Biology Letters (3); Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History (1); Comptes Rendus Palevol (2); Evolution (9); Evolution and Development (3); Evolutionary Biology (1); Fossil Record (2); Genesis: The Journal of Genetics and Development (1); Geological Journal (1); Geology (1); Journal of Anatomy (3); Journal of Evolutionary Biology (1); Journal of Paleontology (7); Journal of Systematic Palaeontology (4); Journal of Theoretical Biology (1); Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (6); Lethaia (1); Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (1); Palaeontology (6); Paläontologische Zeitschrift (1); Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences (2); Systematic Biology (1); Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Earth Sciences (1); Zoology (1). (ii) Peer Reviewer for National and International Government Agencies Mar 2006 National Science Foundation, USA Apr 2006 Natural Environment Research Council, UK Sep 2006 National Science Foundation, USA Apr 2008 National Research Foundation, South Africa Aug 2008 Grant Agency, Ministry of Education and Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia Sep 2009 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK Jan 2011 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada July 2011 Grant Agency, Ministry of Education and Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia Apr 2012 German Research Foundation, Germany

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Research Interests

  • Analytical Palaeobiology

  • Morphometrics

  • Phylogenetic Comparative Methods

  • Systematics

  • Vertebrate Palaeobiology

  • Phylogeny Reconstruction

  • Palaeobiology Of Early Tetrapods

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository

PhD Supervisor

I would be interested in talking to, and taking on, Uruguayan scholarship students who are interested in developing a paleontological and/or macroevolutionary research project

Module Responsibilities

  • Module Leader - Palaeobiology — 2016 to Present
  • Module Leader - Vertebrate Zoology — 2014 to Present

Professional Affiliations

  • Jan 2008 to date The Palaeontological Association, UK