Daniel is an evolutionary biologist and palaeontologist interested in the evolution of birds and other vertebrates. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Daniel studied Zoology as an undergraduate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and received his PhD in Geology and Geophysics from Yale.

Daniel is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge, and the Strickland Curator of Ornithology at the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology.

He is a Research Associate in Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum (London), and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.


Selected Publications:

Benito, J., Kuo, P.-C., Widrig, K.E., Jagt, J.W.M., Field, D.J. 2022. Latest Cretaceous ornithurine supports a neognathous crown bird ancestor. Nature 612: 100-105.

Field, D.J., Benito, J., Chen, A., Jagt, J.M.W., Ksepka, D.T. 2020. Late Cretaceous neornithine from Europe illuminates the origins of crown birds. Nature 579 397-401.

Saupe, E.E., Farnsworth, A., Lunt, D.J., Sagoo, N., Pham, K.V., Field, D.J. 2019. Climatic shifts drove major contractions in avian latitudinal distributions throughout the Cenozoic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116:26 12895-12900. 

Field, D.J., Hanson, M., Burnham, D., Wilson-Brantley, L., Super, K., Ehret, D., Ebersole, E., Bhullar, B.A-S. 2018. Complete Ichthyornis skull illuminates mosaic assembly of the avian head. Nature 557: 96-100.

Field, D.J., Bercovici, A., Berv, J.S., Dunn, R., Fastovsky, D., Lyson, T.R., Vajda, V., Gauthier, J.A. 2018. Early evolution of modern birds structured by global forest collapse at the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Current Biology 28(11): 1825-1831.e2.


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