Dr Fiona Fearnhead

Dr Fiona Fearnhead

Earth Sciences Enquiries Officer

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Angela Marmont Centre
Contact: email
Phone: 0207942 5703
Crinoid GeoBlitz
Towards a systematic standard approach to describing fossil crinoids, illustrated by the redescription of a Scottish Silurian Pisocrinus de Koninck

Specialisms

British Devonian Crinoidea, British Silurian, Crinoids

Summary

My major research centres on the taxonomy and palaeobiology of British Palaeozoic crinoids. Geology is one of the few sciences where amateurs of all ages can make a significant and valuable contribution. The true value of fossils lies in the clues they give us for understanding the history of past life. I am passionate about communicating the importance of recording information with every specimen collected – in particular, locality data and whether dug up or found loose on the ground. Clear and correct locality data enables important amateur finds to make a valuable contribution to science. I am committed to engaging with the public in this joint adventure and extending our knowledge of Earth history.

Qualifications

Degrees

B.Sc. Geology (Hons.), University of London, United Kingdom, 2005 - ongoing

Ph.D, University of London, United Kingdom

Cert.Ed. Music, Trinity College, London., UK

Cert. Ed. (CNAA) Teaching, Cheltenham (University of Gloucestershire)., United Kingdom

Employment history

Academic

Identification & Advisory Service Palaeontologist, The Natural History Museum, London, UK, Angela Marmont Centre, Life Sciences, UK, 2012 - ongoing

Teaching/Demonstrating, University of London, Birkbeck College,, Earth & Planetary Sciences, UK, 2009 - ongoing

Curatorial Assistant, The Natural History Museum, London, Palaeontology, United Kingdom, 2011 - 2012

Lecturer in Education, Barnet College of Further Education, Health, Education and Social Science, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2005

Publications

Donovan SK, Fearnhead FE (2014) A dearth of diplobathrids (Crinoidea) from the type Devonian System, SW England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, 60 (2): 91 - 97. doi: 10.1144/pygs2014-345

Donovan SK, Fearnhead FE (2014) The British Devonian Crinoidea. Part 1. Introduction and Camerata. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, London. Donovan, S.K. & Fearnhead, F.E. 2014. The British Devonian Crinoidea. Part 1, introduction and Camerata. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, 168 (643): 1-55+i-viii, 15 pls.. Palaeontological Society, (643): 1 - 55.

Donovan SK, Fearnhead FE (2015) Exceptional fidelity of preservation in a reworked fossil, Chalk drift, South London, England. Geological Journal, 50 (1): 104 - 106. doi: 10.1002/gj.2539

Fearnhead FE, Donovan SK, Ewin TAM (2013) Palaeobiology of Floricolumnus (col.) girvanensis Donovan & Clark (Crinoidea; Silurian) from the Girvan district, Ayrshire. Scottish Journal of Geology, 49 (1): 1 - 7. doi: 10.1144/sjg2012-447

Fearnhead FE, Donovan SK (2012) Two Wenlock crinoids, one registration number and a monograph: a tale.. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society, 17 : 4 - 6.

Widdison RE, Donovan SK, Lewis DN, Fearnhead FE (2012) The British Silurian Crinoidea. Part 3. Addendum to Parts 1 and 2, Camerata and columnals. Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society, London.. Palaeontographical Society, 166 (638): 135 - 259.

Donovan SK, Lewis DN, Fearnhead FE (2012) Crinoid localities of the Silurian of the British Isles. Geology Today, 28 (6): 230 - 237. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2012.00856.x

DONOVAN STEPHENK, FEARNHEAD FIONAE, CLARKSON EUANNK, DONOVAN MARK (2011) Aspects of crinoid palaeontology of the North Esk Inlier, Scotland (Silurian, Llandovery, Telychian). Palaeontology, 54 (2): 241 - 252. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00982.x

Donovan SK, Widdison RE, LEWIS DN, Fearnhead FE (2010) The British Silurian Crinoidea. Part 2, Addendum to Part 1 and Cladida Part 2. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, 164 : 47 - 133.

Donovan SK, Fearnhead FE (2009) The ichnofossils Gordia Emmons and Chondrites von Sternberg from the Deerhope Formation, North Esk Inlier (Silurian, Llandovery).. Scottish Journal of Geology, 45

Donovan SK, Lewis DN, Fearnhead FE, Widdison RE (2008) Ever since Ramsbottom: Silurian crinoids of the British Isles since 1954. , Ausich WI, Webster, GD, Echinoderm Paleobiology., pp. 330 - 345. Indiana University Press, Bloomington.. Bloomington..

Fearnhead FE (2008) Towards a systematic standard approach to describing fossil crinoids, illustrated by the redescription of a Scottish Silurian Pisocrinus de Koninck. Scripta Geologica, 136 : 39 - 61.

Fearnhead FE, Donovan SK (2007) A cladid crinoid (Echinodermata) from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of the Girvan District, southwest Scotland.. Scottish Journal of Geology, 43 (1): 79 - 82. doi: 10.1144/sjg43010079

Donovan SK, Fearnhead FE, Underwood CJ (2007) Recent borings in limestone cobbles from Marloes Bay, southwest Wales.. Lethaia, 40

FEARNHEAD FIONAE, DONOVAN STEPHENK (2007) NEW CRINOIDS (ECHINODERMATA) FROM THE LLANDOVERY (LOWER SILURIAN) OF THE BRITISH ISLES. Palaeontology, 50 (4): 905 - 915. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00681.x

Donovan SK, Fearnhead FE, LEWIS DN (2007) 15. Crinoids. , Clarkson ENK, Harper DAT, Taylor CM, Anderson LI, Silurian Fossils of the Pentland Hills, Scotland., pp. 172 - 180. The Palaeontological Association. London.

Fearnhead FE, Donovan SK (2007) A robust crinoid from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of Norbury, Shropshire: systematics, palaeoecology and taphonomy. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 118 (4): 339 - 345. doi: 10.1016/S0016-7878(07)80002-2

Donovan SK, Fearnhead FE (-1) Cramped conditions: notes on Recent borings infesting mobile chalk cobbles.. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association,

Highlighted publications

Donovan SK, Fearnhead FE (2014) The British Devonian Crinoidea. Part 1. Introduction and Camerata. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, London. Donovan, S.K. & Fearnhead, F.E. 2014. The British Devonian Crinoidea. Part 1, introduction and Camerata. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, 168 (643): 1-55+i-viii, 15 pls.. Palaeontological Society, (643): 1 - 55.

Fearnhead FE, Donovan SK, Ewin TAM (2013) Palaeobiology of Floricolumnus (col.) girvanensis Donovan & Clark (Crinoidea; Silurian) from the Girvan district, Ayrshire. Scottish Journal of Geology, 49 (1): 1 - 7. doi: 10.1144/sjg2012-447

Widdison RE, Donovan SK, Lewis DN, Fearnhead FE (2012) The British Silurian Crinoidea. Part 3. Addendum to Parts 1 and 2, Camerata and columnals. Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society, London.. Palaeontographical Society, 166 (638): 135 - 259.

Donovan SK, Widdison RE, LEWIS DN, Fearnhead FE (2010) The British Silurian Crinoidea. Part 2, Addendum to Part 1 and Cladida Part 2. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, 164 : 47 - 133.

Fearnhead FE (2008) Towards a systematic standard approach to describing fossil crinoids, illustrated by the redescription of a Scottish Silurian Pisocrinus de Koninck. Scripta Geologica, 136 : 39 - 61.

FEARNHEAD FIONAE, DONOVAN STEPHENK (2007) NEW CRINOIDS (ECHINODERMATA) FROM THE LLANDOVERY (LOWER SILURIAN) OF THE BRITISH ISLES. Palaeontology, 50 (4): 905 - 915. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00681.x