Dr. Daniel Field, University Lecturer at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Cambridge (UK), is a leading expert on bird evolution. He studied zoology at the University of British Columbia (Canada), followed by a masters in vertebrate paleontology at Yale University (USA). In 2016, Daniel acquired his PhD at Yale, with a thesis on macroevolutionary patterns in birds. During his PhD research, he published several publications on the complex evolution of avian biogeography, and the origin of avian flight, in high-ranking journals such as Nature and PNAS.
Nowadays, he works at the University of Cambridge (UK), both a Fellow in Natural Sciences at Christ’s College and a University Lecturer at the Department of Earth Sciences. From 2018 onward, he is also affiliated to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Colorado, USA) as a Research Associate at the Department of Earth Sciences.
Daniel is fascinated by Earth’s modern biodiversity. In his research, he aims to use the vertebrate fossil record to help answer questions about how, where, and when this biodiversity arose. He is passionate about natural history, evolution, and science outreach, and enjoys studying and photographing Earth’s vertebrate biodiversity in the field.