Current Committee Roles:
Vice-Chair and Blog Editor
I am the Senior Curator of Natural Sciences at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London. Specifically, I am the curator responsible for the palaeontology, geology, and osteology collections. My day to day role is exciting and varied! Alongside collections care, research, and internal/external access responsibilities, I provide subject specialist expertise to support other departments at the Museum such as Exhibitions, Digital, Schools and Family Learning, and the Object in Focus Loans Project. I also gives tours, talks, demonstrations and hands on sessions for our diverse public outreach programme that includes family activities, school clubs, members’ events, and Museum Lates for adults. Most recently, I acted as Scientific Advisor to Gondwana Studios to update and deliver the exhibition Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs.
I am a vertebrate palaeontologist with a specific research interest in sharks and marine reptiles of the Mesozoic. My MSci thesis looked at the palaeoecology of vertebrate faunas at Hornsleasow in the Cotswolds which included dinosaurs, sharks and pterosaurs, whilst my MSc thesis was a comparative study of supertrees and supermatrices, using crocodilians as a case study. My PhD research involved the novel approach of dividing fossil and modern elasmobranches into eco-groups based on diet and life habit, and then comparing patterns in co-habiting eco-groups both geographically and across geological time.
I have been on the GCG Committee since 2017 in a variety of roles. I thoroughly enjoy working with such a talented and dedicated group of professionals, and welcome the opportunity to support the geoscience community within the wider sector. I am also on the organising committee of the Marine Reptile Conference, the steering committee for the Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, and the organising committee for the Symposium on Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation.
Further affiliations include being a member of the Paleontological Society, Palaeontological Association, Paleontological Society, Palaeontographical Society, and Natural Sciences Collections Association. At the Horniman Museum and Gardens, I am on the Staff Council, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group, and the Climate and Ecology Action Group which is dedicated to helping the Museum meet the specific commitments outlined in our Climate and Ecology Manifesto.