Thomas A. Püschel

Thomas A. Püschel

Postdoctoral researcher

The Venditti group - Reading University

Biography

I am a palaeoprimatologist and vertebrate palaeobiologist mainly focused on primate and mammalian evolution. My main interest is to study organismal evolution by reconstructing and comparing the palaeobiology of fossils to their living ecological relatives. In order to do this, I apply a combination of predictive modelling, 3D morphometrics, virtual biomechanical techniques, computational simulations, phylogenetic comparative methods, and fieldwork. I have recently joined the Venditti group, University of Reading, within the framework of the Leverhulme project: ‘The evolutionary and biogeographical routes to hominin diversity’. I am also a research affiliate at the Institute of Human Sciences, University of Oxford, where I work together with the Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa, Mozambique.

Interests

  • Primate evolution
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Vertebrate palaeontology
  • Mammalian evolution
  • Morphometrics
  • Biomechanics
  • Phylogenetic comparative methods
  • Palaeoecology

Education

  • PhD in Adaptive Organismal Biology, 2018

    The University of Manchester

  • MSc in Anatomy and Evolution, 2013

    The University of York, Hull York Medical School

  • BSc in Biological Anthropology, 2011

    Universidad de Chile

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Researcher - Leverhulme Research Leadership Project

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Division, University of Reading

May 2021 – Present Reading, UK.
Project: ‘The evolutionary and biogeographical routes to hominin diversity.’
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Research Officer- Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford

Oct 2018 – May 2021 Oxford, UK.
Project: ‘This study has teeth: exploring human origins and Climate Change through time.’
 
 
 
 
 

College advisor

St Antony’s College

Oct 2018 – May 2021 Oxford, UK.
Pastoral duties at St Anthony’s College where I advise students, both at the levels of MSc and DPhil.
 
 
 
 
 

Research Officer

The University of Manchester

Apr 2018 – Sep 2018 Manchester, UK.
Postdoctoral position within the NERC project: ‘The co-evolution of human hands and tool using behaviour’ led by Prof. William Sellers.

Recent Posts

PCA 3D

Contact: Email: thomas.puschelrouliez@anthro.ox.ac.uk Web: thomas.puschel.com Yesterday I received an email asking me how did I generate the 3D plots displayed in this preprint so I decided to share the process in this post.

S4. Landmark and semi-landmarks used in 'Characterizing the body morphology of the first metacarpal in the Homininae using 3D geometric morphometrics'

Paper authors: Jonathan Morley, Ana Bucchi, Carlos Lorenzo, Thomas A. Püschel Link to preprint Corresponding author: Thomas A. Püschel Contact: Email: thomas.

Intervals' method tutorial

Tutorial: How to use R to analyse data from FEA using the intervals’ method We have developed a new method, named the intervals’ method, to analyse data from finite element models in a comparative multivariate framework.

Intervals' method tutorial Part2

Tutorial: How to use R to analyse data from FEA using the intervals’ method Part2: Convergence procedure to estimate an appropiate number of intervals This script corresponds to the convergence procedure used to estimate an appropiate number of interval variables.

Collecting data in Nairobi

Whilst the field season may be over, work on the Gorongosa fossil collection continues. I have been working on photogrammetry for many of the Gorongosa fossils and building 3D models of them. I recently spent several weeks at the Nairobi National Museum in Kenya studying comparative collections and scanning material for comparison.

Research

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African Miocene mammals

I am currently analising different Miocene mammal fossils from Gorongosa, as well as comparing them with fossil materials from other African regions in order to better characterise the fauna from the southernmost point of the East African Rift System

African palaeoecology

Understanding the relationship between ecosystem dynamics and hominin palaeobiology is fundamental to test hypotheses that attempt to elucidate the influence of the environment on the morphological and behavioural adaptations of early hominins.

New morpho-functional tools

One of my long-standing aims is to understand the relationship between form and ecological function. In order to do this, some colleagues and I are currently developing new methods and approaches in comparative functional morphology to contribute towards this effort.

Primate morphology

An important part of my research has been devoted to the study of the key adaptations defining different stages of anthropoid morphological evolution.

Paleo-Primate Project

Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, represents the last unstudied link in the great African Rift that runs across eastern Africa, wherein lie the “cradles of humankind”. This project seeks to shed light on the origins and evolutionary success of the human lineage.

Talks and Social Media

Primate evolutionary morphology Assessing ecomorphological questions in extant and extinct anthropoids

Talk at the Oxford Palaeoclub about how to assess ecomorphological questions using the virtual morpho-functional toolkit

Paleontología virtual un conjunto de herramientas emergente para análisis morfo-funcionales en contextos evolutivos

Plenary speaker at the XIII Jornada Chilena de Anatomía

A discussion of human paleontology and the scientific career for high school students

On 11th June 2020, I will lead Acción Conciencia’s first Ñuble and Biobio (Chile) talks with a conversation on human paleontology …

Virtual ecomorphology

I Congreso Iberoamericano de Morfometría Geométrica

Elucidating Paralouatta’s semi-terrestriality using the virtual morpho-functional toolbox

AAPA 2020 podium presentation

Contact

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Reading, School of Biological Sciences · Philip Lyle Building, RG6 6BX, UK
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