Donoghue Lab

Our research is focussed on inferring evolutionary history, from fossils and their living relatives, integrated using morphological and molecular phylogenetics, to elucidate the timing and tempo of major evolutionary transitions, from the origin of vertebrates, to the origins of animals and plants. Much of this work is empirical, establishing the timing and sequence of molecular and anatomical innovations that underpin the assembly of bodyplans. However, we also have a strong focus on research exploring ways in which palaeontological data can be used to restore fossils to the Tree of Life, and how they can be used to establish accurate evolutionary timescales using the molecular clock