Iacopo Cavicchini

University of Birmingham


Tackling taxonomic and taphonomic biases in the Triassic fossil fish record


  • Dr Sam Giles (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Thomas Clements (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Zerina Johanson (Natural History Museum)
  • Dr Ivan Sansom (University of Birmingham)

PhD Summary

I will look into the Early Triassic record of fossil fishes to try and solve the problems with their interrelationships, evolution, and their peculiar modes of fossilization.

Previous activity

Undergraduate and Masters in Geology at the University of Rome La Sapienza

Why did you choose doctoral research?

I want to make a career in the academia, hopefully as a professor. So, doctoral research is the first step.

Why did you choose CENTA?

The organization, the importance given to training and to the interplay between different disciplines. Last but not least, parity of treatment for non-UK students.

Future plans

A PhD is needed for the academic career I wish to pursue and the University of Birmingham is a good place to start. Future plans include getting as much experience as possible and become a respected researcher an a professor.