Tiffany Slater

I am a palaeobiologist interested in the preservation potential of soft tissues. For my PhD I am investigating the preservation potential of keratin and pigmentation in feathers and hair. This research will aid in the interpretation of fossils and help inform the evolution of these epidermal structures. My previous work focused on the evolution of Heterodontus, the primitive bullhead shark.


Whitington, L., Slater, T., 2017. The ‘Amateur’ lives on! Geoscientist, 27.

Slater, T., 2016. Sharks with question marks: Investigating the placement of a new bullhead shark fossil. Palaeontology Newsletter, 93.

Slater, T., Duffin, C.J., Hildebrandt, C., Davies, T.G., Benton, M.J., 2016. Microvertebrates from multiple bone beds in the Rhaetian of the M4-M5 motorway junction, South Gloucestershire, U.K. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 127, 464–477. DOI: 10.1016/j.pgeola.2016.07.001.


July 2017 – present: PhD (Geology) student at University College Cork, Ireland. PhD thesis: “Taphonomy of Pigmentation and Keratin in Feathers and Hair”.

June 2016 – July 2016: Visiting undergraduate researcher at the University of Vienna, Austria.

May 2015 – July 2015: Summer intern for “At the Feet of Dinosaurs”, supervised by Mike Benton at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

September 2014 – May 2017: BSc (Hons) 1st class in Biology at University of Worcester, United Kingdrom. BSc Thesis: “Sharks with question marks: Examining the intrarelationships of bullhead sharks (Chondrichthyes: Heterodontiformes)”.

December 2013 – May 2014: Undergraduate researcher at University of Cincinnati, USA.