School Of Geological Sciences
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I grew up in the county of South Staffordshire, England, attending schools and a sixth form centre, near the town of Wolverhampton. During a gap year I enrolled in a geology evening class which visited many important rock and fossil localities locally. I followed this interest through the University of Leicester (MGeol), University of Bristol (MSc) and into my current research at University College, Dublin (PhD). I still enjoy field work and regularly hike to places of geological interest. Volunteer work has taken me to excavations in Winterswijk (Middle Triassic, Netherlands) and the Solnhofen area (Jurassic, Germany). Longer term, since 2003, I have been a volunteer for the Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, aiding vertebrate (dinosaurian) excavations in Cretaceous rocks of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
| Year 2007 Institution: University of Bristol
Qualification: MSc Subject: Palaeobiology
My current research (PhD) is on taphonomy of Triassic vertebrates from Monte San Giorgio, Southern Switzerland, which has expanded to include localites from Central Europe (Winterswijk and the Germanic Basin) and North America (Upper Cretaceous dinosaurs). Outside of university I continue my interest in the Lower Palaeozoic of the Welsh Borderlands, England, particularly trilobites and the effects of ash falls on ancient biota.