Christopher Rogers

Christopher Rogers

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Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr Maria McNamara

Christopher Rogers



2012-2016: Geology PhD, University of Bristol
2011-2012: Palaeobiology MSc, University of Bristol
2008-2011: Geology Biology BSc (Joint Hons), University of Bristol.


I’m generally interested in all aspects of palaeobiology, specifically taphonomy (the processes that an organism undergoes after death). I investigate taphonomy through decay experiments on modern organisms and chemical analysis of fossil material using methods such as X-ray fluorescence and mass spectrometry. As part of a larger group project on the preservation of colour in animals I am investigating the taphonomy of colour and the preservation of melanin in basal vertebrates and chordates.


2016 PhD thesis “The taphonomy of dinosaurs and birds of the Jehol Biota.”
2015 Rogers, C.S., Hone, D.W.E., McNamara, M.E., Zhao, Q., Orr, P.J., Kearns, S.L. and Benton, M.J., The Chinese Pompeii? Death and destruction of dinosaurs in the Early Cretaceous of Lujiatun, NE China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 427, 89-99.
2012 MSc thesis “Retreat and decline: Mesozoic patterns of hybodont diversity.”

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K