School of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Luke Hauser

  • Role Title: PhD Researcher
  • Address: Burnaby Building Burnaby Road Portsmouth PO1 3QL
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2418
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  • Department: SEES
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am a PhD researcher currently studying “the palaeontology and sedimentology of the Downton Bone Bed.” This projest is being supervised by Dr D.K. Loydell (UoP), Dr D. M. Martill (UoP) and Dr. Tiiu Märss (TUT).

As a component of my current research I am documenting describing a section from the late Silurian (Ludlow age) of the Welsh borderlands. The locality I am focusing my research on contains a previously undocumented bone bed. Previous studies of analogous bone beds have yielded fossil remains of jawless fish and early jawed vertebrates in addition to early plants and first land animals (Arthropoda).

I have always had an interest palaeontology, but developed an interest for micropalaeontology through studying for my BSc. In my third year I undertook my undergraduate dissertation, this involved describing a partially disarticulated fish from Blue Anchor Point in North East Somerset. An while doing this project I was also looking at the world famous Rhaetian Bone Bed and it was in doing this I decided I would like to become a micro vertebrate palaeontologist.


  • 2009-Present The Palaeontological Association, student member
  • 2012-Present The Micropalaeontological Society, student member


  • Hauser, L. 2013. The palaeontology and sedimentology of the Downton Bone Bed. IGCP 591 Lund, Sweden, 9–19 June, 124. Poster
  • Hauser, L. 2012. The palaeontology and sedimentology of the Downton Bone Bed. Oxford, England, 10–14 September. Poster


My current interests are: palaeoecology, Palaeozoic fish, early plants, arthropods, bivalves, gastropods, ostracods, sedimentology and ichnology.