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Chris Mays

Postdoctoral Researcher.


Phone: +46 (0)8 519 551 61
E-mail: chris.mays@nrm.se

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BSc (Hons) University of Melbourne, Australia, 2007

PhD Monash University, Australia, 2012

Research Interests

Polar terrestrial ecosystems during global greenhouse intervals (e.g., the Mid-Cretaceous Thermal Maximum). South polar forests at these times were thriving in conditions unlike any today: extreme seasonal light regime, very high carbon dioxide and atmospheric oxygen, and relatively warm temperatures. This research has important implications for the modern context, as it will offer clues about how plants and animals may adapt to a warming world.

Major mass extinction events, their associated climatic changes and their impacts on terrestrial floras, including the most devastating of all: the end-Permian Mass Extinction Event. Was this really a single event, or a combination of two or more smaller stages that compounded the stress on the ecosystem? Were the terrestrial extinctions of the same magnitude as, and simultaneous with, the mass die-off in the oceans?

Digital 3-D tomographic techniques (e.g. neutron or synchrotron x-ray) for examining internal anatomy of fossils, or for “virtual extraction” of fossils from their host rocks. These non-destructive techniques allow for the imaging and preservation of rare or unique fossils, which may not survive physical extraction.

My research is presently funded by the National Science Foundation, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and National Geographic.


Project I. Causes and effects of the Permian-Triassic biotic crisis inferred from continental margin sections and modeling

Project II. Identifying the Source of the Oldest Known Amber of Southern Gondwana 

Other Professional Roles

  • Associate Editor, Alcheringa