About me

Deltaic sediments in North China

I currently work at the Yorkshire Museum as the Curator of Natural Science, using my research and museum experience to develop and promote the biology and geology collections.

I am also a palaeontology researcher at the University of Birmingham, focussing on late Palaeozoic (300-250 million years ago) wetland plant ('coal swamp') communities. My research involves the use of many museum collections, and I have given back to the sector by volunteering in museums over many years. My experience on both sides of the display cases has given me unique perspective on the value of collections, and I am passionate about raising the profile of the collections with which I am involved, and increasing their use by both researchers and the public. 

I am also an experienced surveyor, through my previous role as a geophysical data project manager. 

 

I am highly adaptable, having worked in a wide range of conditions, with a diverse range of people in teams of all sizes. I am approachable, diplomatic and efficient in achieving  common goals. This has been demonstrated through several overseas fieldtrips, being on the organising board of both the Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting, and Progressive Palaeontology, in Birmingham in 2009, and coordinating out-of-hours roadside radar data collection. 

I am proficient in handling large amounts of data systematically and accurately, whether in databases for my research or for individual museums, and I use a range of well-known and bespoke software to do this. I also produce high quality digital photographs and diagrams, using appropriate software. 

On fieldwork at opencast mines, southern Illinois

My academic career has involved much written work, for which I have consistently received the highest marks, and I have presented talks and posters to specialist and non-specialist audiences. I have published peer reviewed and generalist articles, and produced technical reports. I also promote museums and collections through  museum outreach days, have successfully written several grant applications, and have been involved in undergraduate teaching for many years. 

I managed my PhD project independently from the beginning, coping with multiple concurrent strands of planning, data collection, processing and writing, and planned and budgeted successful international fieldtrips from my awarded grants. Whilst working as a data manager, I consistently met tight project deadlines. Both of these roles required initiative and problem-solving in order to maintain project momentum to completion. 

I have completed risk assessments, notably for the use of hydrofluoric acid (in processing fossilised plant cuticles), am first aid trained (Emergency First Aid at Work/Outdoor First Aid) to 2014, and briefed in current Fire Safety Standards (Apr 2012).

 

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