Dr James Neenan

Research summary

Dr Neenan is a palaeontologist and his research mostly concerns the evolution of the inner ear in both extinct and living vertebrates. The inner ear, which contains the organ of balance and orientation, is a useful structure that can inform us about how an animal may have moved and interacted with its environment. Using cutting-edge X-ray scanning, 3D visualisation and biomechanical modelling techniques, Dr Neenan is interested in how the inner ear evolves when tetrapods transition to completely different lifestyles, particularly from terrestrial to aquatic habitats.

Related research interests include the anatomy, evolution and palaeoecology of extinct marine reptiles and dinosaurs.