Dr Tim Astrop

I am a palaeobiologist currently looking into the biology, palaeontology and taphonomy of pigment preservation in the cephalopoda. I have previously worked on projects concerning computational fluid dynamics and extinction selectivity in ammonoids, diversification of the Anomura through geologic time, the evolution of sexual systems in branchiopod crustacea and the morphometry and phylogeny of Mesozoic decapod crustacea.

Selected Publications

Davis, K. E., Hill, J., Astrop, T., Wills, M. A., 2016. Global cooling as a driver of diversification in a major marine clade. Nature Communications, 7.

Iskandar, J., Eliason, C., Astrop, T., Maia, R., & Shawkey, M. D., 2016. Morphological Basis of Glossy Red Plumage Colours. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 119(2), 477–487.

Astrop, T.I., Hegna, T. A., 2015. Phylogenetic Relationships Between Living and Fossil Spinicaudatan (CRUSTACEA: Branchiopoda) Taxa: Reconsidering the Evidence. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 35(3), 339–354.

Astrop, T. I., Park, L. E., Brown, B., Weeks, S. C., 2012. Sexual discrimination at Work: Spinicaudatan Clam Shrimp (Crustacea: Branchiopoda) as a Model Organism for the Study of Sexual System Evolution. Palaeontologia Electronica, 15(2).


2013 – 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Bath, United Kingdom.

2008 – 2013: PhD in Integrated Bioscience, University of Akron, Ohio, USA.

2006 – 2007: MSc in Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity, Imperial College and the Natural  History Museum, London, United Kingdom.

2005: BSc Biology, University of Northampton, United Kingdom.