Interdisciplinary paper published

Mathematicians and Statisticians are important collaborators in many scientific projects because they often develop methodology that helps the science to happen.

An example of this is a paper published today (1st July 2019) in the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience in which our Julian Stander, working with palaeontologists from Plymouth, Germany and Norway,developed and implemented statistical methodology that detected a global change in evolution that took place around 170 million years ago that led to one of the most prominent diversifications of marine life in the history of the Earth.  Before the change, evolution was controlled by non-biological factors such as ocean chemistry,while after the change it was controlled by biological factors such as predator-prey relationships.

See the press release and video from the University of Plymouth.