Illiam Jackson

Postdoctoral Scholar


I was born in the Isle of Man but grew up in Sweden. I’ve always had a fascination for evolution, both in terms of the processes by which it operates as well as the patterns and forms it creates.

I received my Masters in evolutionary biology from Uppsala University in 2012 and went on to also complete my PhD there supervised by Graham Budd, finishing in 2017.

During my PhD I worked with fossil material from the Cambrian, mainly trilobite-like arthropods, and directed my research towards understanding the relationships between environment, development and evolution in a palaeontological context.

After my PhD I spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Lund University, where I mainly worked with Nathalie Feiner and Tobias Uller approaching these same relationships from a neontological perspective using the Anolis lizards as model organisms.

I’m intrigued by the expanding scope of evolutionary biology and feel a strong affinity with the extended evolutionary synthesis.