For students in the Bristol MSc Palaeobiology course: I supervise thesis projects in topics related to macroevolution, particularly working with behavioural and/or morphological traits of extant species. I typically propose 1-2 projects per year, but I'm also happy to chat with any interested students about their own project ideas related to phylogenetic comparative methods, birds, mammals, and/or languages.
For students in the Bristol MSci Palaeontology and Evolution course: I can co-supervise (with Mike Benton) year 4 projects related to ecology and evolutionary biology, particularly macroecology and macroevolution. Want to learn more about phylogenetic comparative methods? Think maps are really cool? Wish there was more about sexual selection and/or behaviour and/or speciation in your modules? Really like thinking about extant birds? Something else entirely, that is somehow related to my research? It would be great to chat with you!
For Bristol students who have wandered in from elsewhere: I can also co-supervise undergrad and Master's level projects in the School of Biological Sciences or the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, if you think our research interests may align.
For prospective interns: As of 2022, all internships with the Bristol Palaeobiology Research Group will be paid. Some will be formally advertised to Bristol Earth Sciences undergrads; others will be arranged informally. Palaeo interns tend to be more interested in the fossil side of things, but if you like evolution and are interested in learning more about data analysis, I am one of several people who can serve as a supervisor. If you're interested, get it touch!
For prospective students: I don't currently have any funding for students, but if you'd like to work with me, I'd be delighted to help you apply for fellowships or to apply for grants with you. (I for example regularly mentor US students through the process of applying for UK fellowships such as Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, etc.) A prospective PhD student would typically be co-supervised by someone more senior; I can suggest folks either here at Bristol or within my network of collaborators around the UK, or I'd be very happy to hear what ideas you may have!
You can email me at catherine (dot) sheard (at) bristol (dot) ac (dot) uk.