Current Committee Role:
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator (co-opted position)
I am a Visiting Academic at The University of Manchester where I graduated with a Master of Earth Sciences degree in 2019. I specialise in palaeontology with a broad range of interests in anatomy, systematics, evolution, biogeography, and biostratigraphy, and my current research is on the biogeography and speciation of Aptian (Cretaceous) ammonites, which includes the care of a collection containing approximately 2000 specimens. I am also independently documenting Lower Jurassic marine reptile specimens from Yorkshire in public British collections to increase accessibility and sample size for researchers, and possibly provide funding opportunities for the museums themselves.
I joined the GCG in 2021 because I thrive in large geological collections, and I wanted to make a difference. The pandemic hit just a few months after I graduated, and I found myself navigating hardships which really opened my eyes to the need for more inclusion and diversity in the sector. In my role as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Co-ordinator I am passionate about supporting every member of the geoscience community no matter what their need and uplifting the voices of a whole range of people from historically excluded groups.
I would love to hear any suggestions you have as to how the GCG can be even more inclusive and bring about more support, so please do not hesitate to drop me a line.