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John Joseph Cawley, MSc Palaeobiology



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Education

09.2011 MSc of Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Thesis: The actinopterygian Pachycormus (Pachycormiformes: Pachycormidae) from the Upper Lias of Strawberry Bank, England
10.2010-09.2011 MSc-student at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom
06.2009 BSc of Zoology at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
09.2004-06.2009 BSc student at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
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Professional Background

Since 10.2015 Prae Doc/Assistant at the Department of Paleontology, University of Vienna
11.2013-09.2015 Fish Keeper at Bristol Museum, Bristol, United Kingdom
08.2013-11.2013 Data Entry for Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC), Bristol, United Kingdom
04.2008-09.2008 Tour Guide at the National Aquarium of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
06.2006 Fish keeper at Seahorse Ireland, Galway (now located in Dublin), Ireland
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Research Statement

For my MSc in Bristol, I studied in detail the anatomy of exquisitely preserved specimens of the genus Pachycormus, from the Upper Lias of llminster, Somerset. This revision of the family Pachycormidae allowed the revision of the phylogeny of basal teleosts. The work involved systematic description and detailed drawing of the anatomy of these fishes and cladistic analysis. The results showed that aspi-dorhynchids were basal teleosts with pachycormids as the closest sister group.
The focus of my research is the systematic description of fossil specimens of pycnodont fishes from the Negev desert in Israel. These fishes were collected in the 1970s and are only now being studied. Alongside a description of the morphology of these fossils will be a phylogenetic analysis to see what position these fishes occupy among pycnodont fishes. Another component of my research involves investigating the first appearance of ice fishes (Nototheniidae) in Antarctic waters. This will be done by looking at piston cores which have collected deep sea sediments from the site of the "Eltanian impact"; an asteroid that hit the Bellingshausen Sea in the Late Pliocene at 2.5 Mya. Within these sediments are ichthyoliths; fragments of fish jaws and teeth that can be used to age the sediment they are deposited in. By looking at the ichthyoliths and seeing if they could be linked to certain taxa such as ice fishes we can identify what taxa are present before and after the asteroid impact to see if that was the event to trigger the radiation of this specialised group.
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Miscellaneous

  • MSc thesis (2011, unpublished)
    The actinopterygian Pachycormus (Pachycormiformes: Pachycormidae) from the Upper Lias of Strawberry Bank, England
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Contact

Department of Paleontology
University of Vienna
Geozentrum
Althanstrasse 14
1090 Vienna
Austria
fax: +43 (0)1 4277 9535



mail: john.cawley@univie.ac.at