Welcome to the blog of Emily Rayfield, Professor of Palaeobiology in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. I study the function of living and extinct animals. In my lab we use imaging methods such as X-ray CT scanning to digitise skeletons of fossils and living animals. Using biomechanical analysis, including the engineering technique finite element analysis (FEA) we then work out how these skeletons function. From this we can infer and estimate the function of living and extinct animals and explore the evolution of form and function, for example, in response to major environmental change and across evolutionary transitions.
You can read more about my research and access my publications via my official University of Bristol webpage: http://www.bris.ac.uk/earthsciences/people/emily-j-rayfield/index.html
Also, find out more about my lab including information on joining the lab at my personal webpage: https://seis.bristol.ac.uk/~glejr/index.html