About Me

I am a palaeontologist currently working at the University of Bristol. I’ve been especially excited about marine reptiles for many years and have been lucky enough to work on them for my PhD and first postdoctoral position. Mostly I research ichthyosaurs – fish-like marine reptiles alive at the same time as dinosaurs – but more recently have been looking at the evolution of other marine reptiles.

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Curriculum Vitae

Present

Postdoctoral Senior Research Associate

–present Research position University of Bristol

I am a senior research associate at the University of Bristol on the NERC funded BETR project examining the recovery of tetrapods after the end-Permian extin...

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2020

Ichthyosauria

Book or book chapter Fossils of the Kimmeridge Clay

A long time coming, but hopefully should be a useful addition. Darren Naish and I contributed a chapter to the Kimmeridge Clay volume of the Palaeontological...

Some Exciting Evolution of Marine Reptiles

Invited talk University of Bonn

The joy of a lockdown and online working is being able to invite and speak around the world in places you otherwise might not be able to get to. Sure you mis...

Exploring Ichthyosaurs in the 21st Century

Invited talk Bath Geological Society

I was invited to talk to Bath Geological Society on 5 November 2020 – fireworks night and the beginning of Lockdown 2 (this time it’s personal) – an auspicio...

Ordinary Committee Member

Professional engagement Palaeontographical Society

I’ve been a member of the Palaeontographical Society Committee since 2017, contributing to the running of the society.

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2019

Phylogenetics in Palaeobiology Workshop

Teaching or workshop Nanjing University

In late 2019 I was asked to help lead a workshop at Nanjing University entitled Phylogenetics in Palaeobiology alongside Mike Benton and invited and hosted b...

Edward Forbes Prize awardee

Award or prize Palaeontographical Society

I was awarded the 2019 Edward Forbes Prize by the Palaeontographical Society for my monograph Ichthyosaurs of the British Middle and Upper Jurassic. Part 2. ...

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research position University of Bristol

My first postdoctoral position was part of a Leverhulme Trust funded project to research the palaeontology of the Strawberry Bank lagerstätte, a Toarcian (Ea...

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2018

Attenborough and the Sea Dragon, Scientific Advisor

Public engagement and outreach BBC One

I was invited to advise and contribute to this documentary during the proposal stage, and following commission, further advised on the anatomy, scanning, and...

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2017

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2016

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2015

PhD Geology

Research position University of Bristol

My PhD thesis is entitled “Ichthyosaurs of the British Middle & Upper Jurassic & the Evolution of Ichthyosaurs”. My three chapters covered distinct q...

Progressive Palaeontology, Co-organiser

Professional engagement University of Bristol

I got to help our with the organising of the 2015 ProgPal conference, mostly in making the booklet for the conference (PDF) and driving for the field trip to...

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2014

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2013

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2012

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