Benjamin Kear

museiintendent vid Evolutionsmuseet, Paleontologi och mineralogi

E-post:
benjamin.kear[AT-tecken]em.uu.se
Telefon:
018-471 2792
Mobiltelefon:
070-8188782
Besöksadress:
Norbyvägen 22
752 36 Uppsala
Postadress:
Norbyvägen 16
752 36 Uppsala

Kort presentation

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Dr Benjamin Kear is Docent and Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University in Sweden. He is a leading specialist on Mesozoic polar marine ecosystems, but publishes widely on topics ranging from dinosaurs to marsupial evolution. Dr Kear has conducted research programs in Australia for almost 20 years, and also coordinates major international field-based initiatives in the Scandinavian Arctic and Middle East.

Nyckelord: palaeobiology evolutionsmuséet museums evolution phylogenetics palaeoecology paleobiology

Mina kurser

Biografi

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My professional background includes an Australian Postgraduate Award PhD (1999-2003) and appointments as a Researcher in Palaeontology at the South Australian Museum (2000-2003), Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Adelaide (2004-2007) and La Trobe University (2007-2010), and Assistant Professor/Researcher in Palaeobiology at the Department of Geology, Uppsala University (2010-2015). I commenced as Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the Museum of Evolution in 2016, where my research focuses on Mesozoic polar biotas (especially marine and terrestrial vertebrates) from Australia and the Scandinavian Arctic. I also maintain an active research program investigating climate change impacts on Neogene and extant Australasian marsupial evolution, incorporating analyses of fossils and DNA.

Forskning

My primary research focus is Mesozoic Polar Palaeontology, which aims to investigate high latitude biotas and bioevents from 252-66 million years ago. I am actively engaged in studies based at the Museum of Evolution, as well as numerous externally funded international research programs.

Links

Academia.edu: http://uppsala.academia.edu/BenjaminKear

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Benjamin_Kear

Google Scholar Citations: https://scholar.google.se/citations?user=TKCFpm4AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra

Current internal projects focusing on specimens from the Museum of Evolution Palaeontological Collections include Early Triassic tetrapods from the Norwegian Svalbard Archipelago, ancient biomolecule and soft tissue preservation, historical Chinese dinosaur specimens from the Sino-Swedish expeditions, Cretaceous vertebrates from Skåne, and Holocene megafauna from Madagascar.

Externally funded international research programs

Triassic high-latitude marine reptile ecosystems

This new Nordic museum partnership links The Museum of Evolution with The University of Oslo Natural History Museum, The Swedish Museum of Natural History and Geomuseum Faxe in a major field exploration program focused jointly on Svalbard and East Greenland. Funded by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, our objective is to reconstruct the earliest marine reptile ecosystems and track their global dispersal into high northern and southern palaeolatitudes by at least 247 million years ago.

This will also integrate projects on Triassic Boreal biostratigraphy and the palaeoecology of Triassic temnospondyl amphibian assemblages.

Links

https://www.nhm.uio.no/english/research/projects/plesiosaur/index.html

First steps from & to the water

The Museum of Evolution is leading a major field exploration program in East Greenland. This initiative involves collaborators from the Subdepartment of Organismal Biology (Uppsala University), and is funded by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. The East Greenland fossil record preserves crucial timeframes in aquatic vertebrate evolution spanning the Devonian-Carboniferous (358 million years ago) and Permian-Triassic boundaries (252 million years ago).

Other collaborative projects are examining biotic recovery after the end-Permian mass extinction and the radiation of Boreal tetrapod faunas, especially dinosaurs and aquatic reptiles.

Links

http://greenlandexpedition.uu.se/

http://polarforskningsportalen.se/en/arctic/expeditions/ostra-gronland-2016

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/821172?programid=412

Mesozoic polar Australia

Australia was a polar landmass throughout the Age of Dinosaurs. The Museum of Evolution is leading investigations into earliest Triassic (250 million years ago) and Early Cretaceous (120-90 million years ago) vertebrate faunas from the Australasian region, and is also involved in collaborative projects studying Austral polar dinosaurs, and Mesozoic marine reptiles from Central and Northern Europe.

This work has been supported by the Australian Research Council and National Geographic Society, with recent discoveries including an Early Triassic polar predator ecosystem from the Sydney Basin, and new Cretaceous dinosaurs from outback Queensland.

Links

http://www.uu.se/en/media/news/article/?id=7478&area=2,10,15,16&typ=artikel&lang=en

Other funded research projects cover a diverse range of topics from ancient ecosystems and palaeopathology to the molecular systematics of modern Australasian marsupials.

Ancient marine ecosystems in Tunisia

Field exploration program focusing on marine vertebrate evolution during the Triassic, Cretaceous and Palaeogene. Funded through Uppsala University and in collaboration with the Subdepartment of Organismal Biology (Uppsala University).

Ichthyosaur palaeopathology

Using ancient marine reptile fossils to assess population health in the deep past. Funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) in collaboration with the Museum Am Löwentor | Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart.

Climate change impacts on Australasian marsupial evolution

Combining fossils with DNA from living and recently extinct species to determine the pattern and timing of Australasian marsupial radiations. Funded by the Vetenskaprådet with work principally in collaboration with La Trobe University (Australia).

A major goal of my research is to contribute to public education initiatives and the promotion of science in the media.

Selected recent media

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/when-did-kangaroos-start-hop

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2192710-australia-has-been-home-to-hopping-kangaroos-for-20-million-years/?utm_campaign=RSS%7CNSNS&utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_content=home

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47130734

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/12/incredible-jurassic-ichthyosaur-fossil-preserves-skin-blubber/

https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/new-archaeopteryx-species-confirms-they-were-the-ancestors-of-birds/

https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=7018987

http://www.scinexx.de/wissen-aktuell-22640-2018-04-17.html

https://derstandard.at/2000077822465/Forscherin-macht-sich-an-Wiederentdeckung-des-Urkaengurus

https://phys.org/news/2018-04-primitive-kangaroo-ancestor-rediscovered-years.html

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=6833318

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=6813709

https://mp.uu.se/en/web/info/vart-uu/aktuellt/universen/universen-arkiv

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/132-million-year-old-sea-monster-has-been-identified-new-species-1636962

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4832808/132-million-year-old-sea-monster-identified-new-species.html

http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/lagenanectes-richterae-05173.html

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=6657459

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/vetenskap/ny-fagelliknande-jattedinosaurie-hittad

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/vetenskap/har-ar-fagelns-hittills-aldsta-forfader

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/vetenskap/dinosauriernas-livskarta-skakas-om

http://www.heritagedaily.com/2016/11/endangered-australasian-marsupials-are-ancient-survivors-of-climate-change/113381

https://www.earth.com/news/australasian-marsupials-climate-change/

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/10/31/Greenland-fossils-showcase-recovery-from-extinction-event-252-million-years-ago/8361477920414/

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/821172?programid=412

http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/savannasaurus-elliottorum-dinosaur-australia-04303.html

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/vetenskap/mangfald-hos-daggdjur-langt-fore-dinosauriedod?gmenu=search&mobillokalmeny=1&mobilmeny=0&lokalmeny=0

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/uppsala/uppsalaexpedition-pa-upptacktsfard-till-gronland?mobilmeny=1&gmenu=open

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=6414202

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=6339936

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=6256720

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=406&artikel=6581095

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/vetenskap/tyrannosaurus-vegetariska-slakting-upptackt

Recent press releases

https://newsroom.taylorandfrancisgroup.com/new-species-of-the-first-bird-archaeopteryx-uncovered/

https://www.uu.se/en/news-media/press-releases/press-release/?id=4402&typ=pm

https://www.uu.se/en/media/news/article/?id=9176&typ=artikel

https://www.uu.se/en/media/press-releases/press-release/?id=3620&area=3,8&typ=pm&lang=en

http://www.uu.se/en/media/news/article/?id=7478&area=2,10,15,16&typ=artikel&lang=en

http://www.uu.se/en/media/news/article/?id=7556&typ=artikel

Recent public education

http://pintofscience.se/

http://www.scifest.uu.se/

https://forskarfredag.se/

http://wahlstroms.se/vaar-utgivning/boecker/alla-tiders-dinosaurier/13110

http://kulturhusetstadsteatern.se/Bibliotek/Rum-for-Barn/Evenemang/2017/Alla-tiders-dinosaurier/

http://www.dinosaurgeorgepodcast.com/108-saudi-arabian-dinosaurs-discovery/

Publikationer

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