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Biography

Employment history (academic)

2007-2008:   NERC PDRA to Paul Barrett (PI) and Angela Milner (Co-I) NE/E008380/1 (multivariate correlation of diapsid endosseous labyrinth and hearing/vocalisation capability using micro-CT analysis).

2006-2007:   University Pre-Entry Unit developer and coordinator, tutor, University of Portsmouth. Duties: design and development of a blended learning (traditional and web-based teaching) level 0 unit intended to ensure fresher-year Foundation Degree students possess the necessary maths, English and IT skills to start their degree.

2006:   PDRA to Associate Keeper of Palaeontology, the Natural History Museum, London (Micro-CT reconstruction and analysis of fossil avian brains and a Jurassic theropod skull.

2003-2006:   PDRA to the Keeper and Associate Keeper of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, London (2D and 3D morphometrics including whole surface techniques (mammals, foraminifera, gastropods among others), phylogenetic analysis (basal tetrapods), digital image analysis, micro-CT reconstruction and analysis of fossil avian brains).

Qualifications

2001: Ph.D. (vertebrate palaeontology) University of Portsmouth.

1997: B.Sc. (Hons) 1st Class (Geology) APU, Cambridge.

Professional Roles

Awards

2000: The Jones-Fenleigh Memorial Fund Prize (prize).

1997: The Palaeontological Association Prize for Meritorious Performance in Palaeontology (prize).

Grants

1999: The Percy Sladen Memorial Fund (grant).

1998: The John Ray Trust (grant).

1997: University of Portsmouth (three-year research grant).

1997: The John Ray Trust (grant).

 

External collaborations

Austria:      Dr Ursula Göhlich, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria.

Chile:         Sr. Mario Suarez, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Santiago.

Germany:   Gerald Mayr, Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Frankfurt.

Peru:          Sr. Mario Urbina, Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima.

USA:          Dr Harry Fierstine, California Polytechnic State University, California.

 

External committees

2008: Chair of the Executive Council Nomination Committee, Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution.

Curation

Special projects

Three-dimensional digital curation of zoological, palaeontological and mineralogical specimens.

Research

Interests

  • Vertebrate palaeoneurology, especially avian brain evolution.
  • Detection of palaeoclimatic upheavals through changes in marine vertebrate palaeobiogeographic patterns.
  • Algorithmic approaches to the analysis of biological shape variation (morphometrics, ANN technology).
  • The effects of taphonomic filtering on the fossil record.

Publications

Publications

WALSH, S. A. and HUME, J. P. 2001. A new Neogene marine avian assemblage from north-central Chile. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 21(3), 484-491.

WALSH, S. A. and NAISH, D. 2002. Seals from late Neogene deposits of South America: a new pinniped assemblage from Chile. Palaeontology, 45(4), 821-842.

MACLEOD, N. O’NEILL, M. and WALSH, S. A. 2003. You’ve all just been made redundant!?! Understanding (and coming to terms with) automated object recognition in palaeontology. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 54, 144-145.

EBACH, M., Humphries, C. J., Newman, R. A., Williams, D. M. and Walsh, S. A. 2005. Assumption 2 Opaque to Intuition? Journal of Biogeography. 32, 781-787.

WALSH, S. A. and SUÁREZ, M. A. 2005. First post-Mesozoic record of Crocodyliformes from Chile. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 50(3), 595-600.

WALSH, S.A. and MARTILL, D. M. 2006. A possible earthquake-triggered mega-boulder slide in a Chilean Mio-Pliocene marine transgressive sequence: evidence for rapid uplift and bonebed genesis. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 163, 297-705.

WALSH, S. A. and SUÁREZ, M. A. 2006. New penguin remains from the Pliocene of northern Chile. Historical Biology 18(2), 115-126.

KNOLL, M. A., UTHER, M., MACLEOD, N. O’NEILL, M. & WALSH, S. A. 2006. Emotional, linguistic or cute? The function of pitch contours in infant- and foreigner-directed speech. pp. 165-168 In: (Hoffmann, R. and Mixdorff, H. (eds) Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Speech Prosody, Dresden, Germany.

MACLEOD, N., O'NEILL, M. A. and WALSH, S. A. 2007. Comparison between morphometric and artificial neural net approaches to the automated species-recognition problem in systematics. pp.37-62 In Curry G. B. and Humphries C. J. (eds.) Biodiversity Databases: Techniques, Politics and Applications. Systematics Association Special Volume Series 73. CRC Press, London.

WALSH, S. A., MACLEOD, N. M. and O’NEILL, M. A. 2007. Spot the penguin – can reliable taxonomic identifications be made using isolated foot bones? pp. 225-237 In: MacLeod N., (ed.) Automated taxon recognition in systematics: theory, approaches and applications. CRC Press/The Systematics Association, Boca Raton, Florida.

KNOLL, M. A., WALSH, S. A., MACLEOD, N. O’NEILL, M. & UTHER, M. 2007. Good performers know their audience! Identification and characterisation of pitch contours in infant- and foreigner-directed speech. pp. 299-399 In: N. MacLeod, (ed.) Automated taxon recognition in systematics: theory, approaches and applications. CRC Press/The Systematics Association, Boca Raton, Florida.

MACLEOD, N., O'NEILL, M., and WALSH, S. A. 2007. Automated Tools for the Identification of Taxa from Morphological Data: Face Recognition in Wasps. pp. 153-188 In MacLeod, N., (ed.) Automated taxon recognition in systematics: theory, approaches and applications. CRC Press/The Systematics Association, Boca Raton, Florida.

MACLEOD, N., O'NEILL, M., and WALSH, S. A. 2007. Automated tools for the identification of taxa from morphological data. In Wheeler, Q. (ed.) The New Systematics. CRC Press/The Systematics Association, Boca Raton, Florida.

WALSH, S. A. 2008. A palaeontologist digs the foundations. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 67, 73-76.

WALSH, S. A. and SÁNCHEZ, R. 2008. The first Cenozoic fossil bird from Venezuela. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 82(2), 105-112.

WALSH, S. A., MACLEOD, N. M. and O’NEILL, M. A. 2008. Analysis of spheniscid humerus and tarsometatarsus morphological variability using DAISY automated image recognition. Society of Avian Palaeontology and Evolution 2004 Meeting. Oryctos 7, 129-136

MILNER, A. C. and WALSH, S. A. In press. Avian brain evolution: new data from Palaeogene birds (Lower Eocene) from England. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

MILNER, A. C., MILNER, A. R. and WALSH, S. A. In press. A new specimen of Baphetes from Nýřany, Czech Republic and the intrinsic relationships of the Baphetidae. Acta Zoologica.

MILNER, A. C. and WALSH, A. In press. Reptiles of the Dorset Coast. In DAVIS, P. (ed.) Liassic Fossils of the Dorset Coast. Palaeontological Association Field Guides to Fossils.

 

Abstracts of Meetings

WALSH, S. A. 1999. A New Mio-Pliocene bone-bed from north-central Chile. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 19 Supplement to Number 3, 82A.

WALSH, S. A. 1999. A new Neogene avian assemblage from north-central Chile. Abstracts of the 47th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Edinburgh.

WALSH, S. A. 2000. Big-chested birds: exiting new avian material from the Neogene of Chile. in A. WALSH (ed.) Abstracts of the 48th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Portsmouth.

WALSH, S. A. 2002a. Taphonomy and genesis of the Neogene Bahía Inglesa Formation bonebed, northern Chile. pp. 43-44 in D. B. NORMAN and P. UPCHURCH (eds) Abstracts of the 50th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Cambridge.

WALSH, S. A. 2002b. Taphonomy and genesis of the Neogene Bahía Inglesa Formation bonebed, northern Chile. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 22(3), 117A.

WALSH, S. A. 2003. Palaeoecology of the Neogene Bahía Inglesa Formation, Chile. p. 33 in BARRETT, P. M. (ed.) Abstracts of the 51st Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Oxford.

MACLEOD, N. O’NEILL, M. and WALSH, S. A. 2003. palaeoDAISY: an adaptive and integrative system for the automated recognition of fossil species. Geological Society of America, Abstracts and Programs, 35(6), 316.

WALSH, S. A. 2004. New penguin remains from the Neogene of Chile. p. 58 in Buffetaut, E. and LeLoeuf, J. (eds). Abstracts of the Sixth International Meeting of the Society of Avian Palaeontology and Evolution, Quillan, France.

WALSH, S. A., MACLEOD, N. and O’NEILL, M. 2004. Analysis of Spheniscid tarsometatarsus and humerus morphological variability using DAISY automated digital image recognition. p. 57 in Buffetaut, E. and LeLoeuf, J. (eds). Abstracts of the Sixth International Meeting of the Society of Avian Palaeontology and Evolution, Quillan, France.

WALSH, S. A., MACLEOD, N. and O’NEILL, M. 2004. Darwin versus The Matrix: does artificial intelligence have a place in vertebrate palaeontology? p. 28 in Evans, M. and Forrest, R. (eds) Abstracts of the 52nd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Leicester.

MACLEOD, N. WALSH, S. A. and O’NEILL, M. 2004. The automated recognition of vertebrate fossils: methods, applications, and implications. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.24(3), 86A-87A.

WALSH, S. A., MACLEOD, N. and O’NEILL, M. 2005. Using the DAISY uANN to solve problems in fossil penguin identification. p. 8-9 In MacLeod, M. (ed.). Abstracts of the 1st Symposium of Algorithmic Approaches to the Automated Identification Problem in Systematics, the Natural History Museum, London.

MACLEOD, N. WALSH, S. A., and O’NEILL, M. 2005. Forging a link between 3D object ordination and 3D object recognition. p. 5 In MacLeod, M. (ed.). Abstracts of the 1st Symposium of Algorithmic Approaches to the Automated Identification Problem in Systematics, the Natural History Museum, London.

KNOLL, M., UTHER, M., MACLEOD, N. O’NEILL, M. and WALSH, S. A. 2005. Novel approaches to pitch NaturalHistory Museum, London.contour analysis of infant- and foreigner-directed speech. p. 4-5 in MacLeod, M. (ed.). Abstracts of the 1st Symposium of Algorithmic Approaches to the Automated Identification Problem in Systematics, the

WALSH, S. A. and Sánchez, R. 2005. Long legged South American birds and the first avian fossils from Venezuela. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 60, 59.

MILNER, A. C. and WALSH, S. A. 2006. New data on avian brain evolution from fossil birds from the Lower Eocene of England. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 26(3) 101A.

WALSH, S. A. and MILNER, A. C. 2007. Wise as an owl - 147 million years of avian brain evolution. Abstracts of the 55th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Glasgow.

Milner, A. C., Milner, A. R. and WALSH, S. A. 2007. A new specimen of Baphetes from Nýřany, Czech Republic and the intrinsic relationships of the Baphetidae.  Ichthyolith Issues Special Publication 10: 69.

WALSH, S. A., Milner, A. R., Barrett, P., Manley, G. and Witmer, L. 2008. Can hearing and vocalization capacities be estimated from cochlear duct endocasts? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(3): 157A.