Mr Mark Graham

Mr Mark Graham

Fossil Preparator

Department: Core Research Laboratories
Division: Conservation Centre
Contact: email
Phone: 02079 425979

Specialisms

Preparing fossil material for research and/or exhibition

Summary

Following an Open University short science course in palaeontology, which I undertook to progress my long-standing interest in the subject, I commenced volunteering as a fossil preparator at the museum in 2006. This was followed by an opportunity to undertake a 9 month project on contract to prepare dinosaur material from the collections for research purposes. In 2011 I was appointed as the museum's full time fossil preparator, based in the conservation centre laboratory where I work in the area dedicated to the preparation of fossils for scientific research or display purposes. My role involves the removal of the surrounding rock (matrix) from specimens in order to reveal their morphological details. The techniques employed are determined by the type of matrix, and the size, composition and condition of the fossil material. Mechanical preparation incorporates a variety of hand tools, ranging from fine steel pins used under microscopy to power driven cutters and pneumatic chisels. For some types of material, chemical preparation involving the use of acids is employed. My role also includes conducting commercial work for the museum and the replication of specimens (making moulds, casts and peels). I also participate in fieldwork and attend trade exhibitions to obtain new specimens for the museum collections. In December 2014 I helped to mount the museum's new Stegosaur specimen for public exhibition in the Earth Gallery. My interest in palaeontology is very broad based and my main area of interest lies in the reptiles of the Mesozoic era. I am an active and founding member of a research group , the 'Oxford Clay Working Group’ and regularly undertake fieldwork in the Callovian stage deposits of Peterborough, UK.

Qualifications

Degrees

Dip.M, Manchester Business School, Manchester

Employment history

Non-academic

Marketing Consultant, Paul Evans Partners Ltd, 2000 - 2008

Marketing Manager (Snr executive), Haven Leisure Ltd (Rank Group plc), Holiday Homes Marketing, 1987 - 2000

Business Programme Manager, Royal Mail Parcelforce, Marketing, 1974 - 1987

Publications

Friedman M, Johanson Z, Harrington RC, Near TJ, Graham MR (2014) On fossils, phylogenies and sequences of evolutionary change. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1784): 20140115 - 20140115. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0115

Friedman M, Johanson Z, Harrington RC, Near TJ, Graham MR (2013) An early fossil remora (Echeneoidea) reveals the evolutionary assembly of the adhesion disc. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1766): 20131200 - 20131200. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1200

Farke AA, Ryan MJ, BARRETT PM, Tanke DH, Braman DR, Loewen MA, GRAHAM MR (2011) A new centrosaurine from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada, and the evolution of parietal ornamentation in horned dinosaurs. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 56 (4): 691 - 702. doi: 10.4202/app.2010.0121

Highlighted publications

Friedman M, Johanson Z, Harrington RC, Near TJ, Graham MR (2013) An early fossil remora (Echeneoidea) reveals the evolutionary assembly of the adhesion disc. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 280 (1766): 20131200 - 20131200. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1200

Farke AA, Ryan MJ, BARRETT PM, Tanke DH, Braman DR, et al (2011) A new centrosaurine from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada, and the evolution of parietal ornamentation in horned dinosaurs. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 56 (4): 691 - 702. doi: 10.4202/app.2010.0121