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Dr Naomi Apostolaki

Dr Naomi Apostolaki

Dr Naomi Apostolaki

Research Associate

Area of research

The evolution of pneumaticity in Sauropodomorpha and its correlation with body size (primary supervisor: Prof. Michael Benton)

Office LS109
Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41345


My research focuses on the various parameters that affected dinosaurian body sizes, particularly on pneumaticity, functional morphology of the vertebrae, social behaviour, predator-prey ratios, gegographical distribution, continental vs insular taxa and niche occupation and antagonism.


I finished my Bachelor's Degree in Biology-Biochemistry (Valedictorian, Magna Cum Laude) in Athens, Greece in 2009. I continued with a Master's Degree in Palaeobiology (Merit) in the University of Bristol, UK (2011) and now I am on my PhD (University of Bristol, Palaeobiology and Biodiversity Research Group) investigating the parameters that affected Sauropods achieving their gigantic sizes, with a focus on vertebral pneumaticity.

My key interest is Palaeontology, with particular fervent interest in Dinosaurian Palaeobiology and Evolution, Anatomy, Pneumaticity, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Astronomy, and Psychology. Other interests are cooking, music, meditation, and chess.


I have been employed as a teaching assistant by the Access Unit of the Disability Services in the University of Bristol since October 2011. It is a part-time job with which I am able to pay for my tuition fees. The job involves taking manual notes, laboratory support, exam scribe and 1-1 mentoring for deaf and disabled students. So far, I have worked on the following courses: Cystic Fibrosis, Calcium Channels, Vascular Biology, Geochemistry, Physical & Chemical Geodynamics, Imaging and Mapping the Earth, Geology, Mineralogy & Petrology, Biomechanics, Vertebrate Palaeontology & Evolution, Scientific Communication, Evolution of the Biosphere, Geomicrobiology, Dynamic Surface, Soils & Environmental Analysis, Sedimentology, Taphonomy & Palaeoecology, Research & Systematic Methods, and Micropalaeontology.

In addition, this year (2014) I have also worked as an invigilator for the Exams Office.


  • dinosaur palaeobiology
  • sauropods
  • morphological diversification
  • anatomy
  • body size
  • social behaviour
  • pneumaticity
  • ecology
  • evolution.

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