Chris Mays.

Lecturer in Palaeontology.

School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

University College Cork, Ireland.

Palaeobotanist. Palaeontologist. Science Educator.

Environmental change, both past and present, is imprinted on the plants. By studying the plants of prehistory, I aim to uncover how life on Earth has responded to past intervals of extreme warming.

I received my Ph.D. in 2012 from Monash University, Australia.

From 2012 to 2017, I was Associate Lecturer of Palaeontology and Sedimentary Geology and Postdoctoral Researcher at Monash University.

From 2017 to 2021, I was a researcher at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Stockholm, Sweden), where I explored the responses of fossil plants to extreme environmental changes.

Since early 2022, I have been based at University College Cork, where my team and I have been investigating the extinction and recovery trends of flora during the most devastating mass extinctions of all time.

I am Associate Editor for Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.

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