Current Committee Roles:
Blog Editor, and Newsletter Editor
I am the Deputy Keeper: Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London. Specifically, I am the curator responsible for the palaeontology, mineralogy, and osteology collections. My day to day role is exciting and varied! A normal week includes 2-3 days of collections management at our off-site stores, working on the development, documentation, access, and conservation aspects of the geology collections, as well as researching the Bennett Collection (ca. 175,000 fossil specimens), and managing a number of volunteers who work with me on the palaeontological material.
At the Horniman, I also provide subject specialist expertise to support other departments such as Digital and Exhibitions, answer enquiries from external researchers and the public, and give tours, talks, demonstrations and hands on sessions for our diverse public outreach programme that includes family activities, school clubs, and adult events.
My research interests are ankylosaur dinosaurs and Mesozoic marine reptiles. My MSci thesis looked at the palaeoecology of dinosaurs at Hornsleasow in the Cotswolds, whilst my MSc thesis researched the phylogenetics of fossil and modern crocodilians. My PhD was a slight tangent away from reptiles, in which I looked at the palaeoecology of elasmobranches. Post-PhD I reverted to reptiles, my true passion and academic interest! As such I am on the organising committee of the Marine Reptile Conference, due to take place at the Etches Collection in Dorset, 5th-7th May 2020.
I am a member of PalAss, PalSoc, GCG, and NatSCA, and have been on the GCG Committee since 2017. I thoroughly enjoy working with such a talented and dedicated group of professionals, and appreciate the opportunity to support the palaeontological and geological communities within the wider sector.