I am a palaeontologist investigating how fossils form and how soft-tissues can fossilise.
The interplay between decay and geological processes are vital for understanding and interpreting ancient life and my research investigate this by designing decay experiments.
I work on all sorts of fossil animals, ranging from polychaete worms, crustaceans, chitons, cephalopods, fish, amphibians and enigmatic creatures like the Tully Monster.
My PhD focused on the 300 million year old fossil bed in Illinois, USA: the Mazon Creek Lagerstätte. My postdoctoral research focuses on the preservation of colour in fossil insects.
I’m also really passionate about outreach and science communication, especially if it involves palaeontology. I hope to create a video series soon on my research.
Please feel free to browse the site or contact me with any queries about my work, outreach or any general palaeontology questions.