MSci and MSc

Graduation at RHUL

I read the four year undergraduate degree in MSci Geoscience at Royal Holloway, University of London (2003), achieving first class honours. This provided an excellent grounding in all aspects of earth science, from sedimentology to volcanology, and from oceanography to planetary geology, and included fieldwork in classic locations such as Pembrokeshire in south Wales, Almeria in southern Spain, and Cyprus, and three weeks independently mapping in northern Nova Scotia.

My final year project studied the ecology of Jurassic bivalves, quantifying the effects of substrate on several different species from a collection of over 300 specimens. 


Earth Sciences Department, Will Memorial Building, BristolAfter my tenure at Impulse Geophysics Ltd, I returned to academia to read the Masters in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol (2007), achieving a distinction. This brought me to the cutting edge of palaeontological research and techniques, with courses spanning science communication to biomechanics, microfossils to research methods, being taught by the leaders in their respective fields, such as Prof Michael Benton, Dr Emily Rayfield, Dr Marcello Ruta, Prof David Siveter, and Prof Charles Wellman

The final 6 months of the 12 month course were spent on my research project on the Carboniferous Cumberland Basin of Nova Scotia, synthesising and assessing the known fossil record and the range of facies present in the area from an extensive data search on more than 200 sites within the basin. This basin contains the famous UNESCO Joggins Fossil Cliffs, and more knowledge on the environments, ecosystems and ecology of the surrounding areas is vital to understanding this uniquely valuable site. At this point in time, this information is sorely lacking.