Dr Fiona Fearnhead FGS

Dr Fiona Fearnhead
  • Earth Sciences Enquiries Officer
  • Life Sciences department
  • Angela Marmont Centre
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Qualifications

2009     Ph.D.                Palaeobiology, Birkbeck, University of London.
2004     B.Sc.                Geology, Honours, Upper Second. University of London,
1997     Cert.Ed.           Music, Trinity College, London.
1978     Cert. Ed.          (CNAA) St. Mary’s College, Cheltenham (University of Gloucestershire).

Professional Roles

Professional Assessor Training

2012     AQA Examiner – GCSE

Training Development Lead Body (TDLB) units:

2001     D32. Assessing candidate’s performance
1997     D33. Assessors qualification, Barnet College, London

Grants and Awards

2013     The Richard Owen Award of the Palaeontographical Society
2007     E.J. Garwood Fund of the Geological Society
2006     SYNTHESYS grant for Silurian crinoids research in the Geological Museum, University 
             of Copenhagen, Denmark
2005     3 year Research Studentship to pay for my Ph.D fees (Birkbeck College)
2004     Fay Hicks Award - Birkbeck College

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Geological Society, London
  • Member of the Palaeontological Association
  • Member of the Palaeontographical Society
  • Member of the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Member of the Highgate Scientific and Literary Society

Honorary positions and affiliations

Scientific Associate     Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
                                           Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands

Outreach

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.

Research

My major research centres on the taxonomy and palaeobiology of British Palaeozoic crinoids.

Publications

Monographs (Peer reviewed)

Donovan, S.K. & Fearnhead, F.E. (in review) The British Devonian Crinoidea. Part 1. Introduction and Camerata. Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society, London.

Donovan, S.K., Lewis, D.N., Widdison, R.E., Fearnhead, F.E. 2012. The British Silurian Crinoidea. Part 3. Addendum to Parts 1 and 2, Camerata and columnals. Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society, London, 635, 135-259, pls 37-62.

Donovan, S.K., Lewis, D.N., Widdison, R.E. & Fearnhead, F.E. 2010. The British Silurian Crinoidea. Part 2. Addendum to Part 1 and Cladida. Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society, London, 635, 47-133, pls 7-36.

Donovan, S.K., Lewis, D.N., Fearnhead, F.E. & Widdison, R.E. 2009. The British Silurian Crinoidea. Part 1. Introduction and Disparida. Monographs of the Palaeontographical Society, London, 632, 1-45, pls 1-6.

Book chapters

Donovan, S.K, Lewis, D.N., Fearnhead, F.E & Widdison, R.E. 2008. Ever since Ramsbottom: Silurian crinoids of the British Isles since 1954. In Ausich, W.I. & Webster, G.D. (eds), Echinoderm Paleobiology, 330-345. Indiana University Press, Bloomington.

Donovan, S K., Fearnhead, F.E. & Lewis, D.N. Crinoids. 2007. In Clarkson, E.N.K., Harper, D.A.T., Taylor, C.M. & Anderson, L.I. (eds), Silurian Fossils of the Pentland Hills, Scotland. Palaeontological Association Field Guides to Fossils, 11, 172-180.

Journal articles (Peer reviewed)

Donovan, S.K. & Fearnhead, F.E. (in review) A dearth of diplobathrids (Crinoidea) from the type Devonian, south-west England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society.

Donovan, S.K. & Fearnhead, F.E. 2013. Exceptional fidelity of preservation in a reworked fossil, Chalk drift, South London, England. Geological Journal, 3 pp. DOI: 10.1002/gj.2539

Fearnhead, F.E., Donovan, S.K. & Ewin, T.A.M. 2013. Palaeobiology of Floricolumnus (col.) girvanensis Donovan & Clark (Crinoidea: Silurian) from the Girvan district, Ayrshire. Scottish Journal of Geology, 49, 1-7.

Donovan, S.K., Fearnhead, F.E., Clarkson, E.N.K. & Donovan, M. 2011. Aspects of echinoderm palaeontology of the North Esk inlier, Scotland (Silurian, Llandovery, Telychian) Palaeontology, 54, 241-252.

Donovan, S.K., Fearnhead, F.E. & Clarkson, E.N.K. 2009. The ichnofossils Gordia Emmons and Chondrites von Sternberg from the Deerhope Formation, North Esk Inlier (Silurian, Llandovery). Scottish Journal of Geology, 45, 83-87.

 Fearnhead, F.E. 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, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. A robust crinoid from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of Norbury, Shropshire: systematics, palaeoecology and taphonomy. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 118, 339-345.

Donovan, S.K. Fearnhead, F.E. & Underwood, C.J. 2007. Lined borings in limestone cobbles from the Recent of Marloes Bay, southwest Wales: a case of identity. Lethaia, 40, 233-236.

Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. A cladid crinoid (Echinodermata) from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of the Girvan District, southwest Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, 43, 79-82. [2007. Corrigendum. Scottish Journal of Geology, 43, 180.]

Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2007. New crinoids (Echinodermata) from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian) of the British Isles. Palaeontology, 50, 905-915.

Fearnhead, F.E. & Harper, D.A.T. 2007.Petalocrinus (Echinodermata; Crinoidea) from the Llandovery (Lower Silurian; Rhudannian) of the Girvan district, southwest Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, 43, 69-74.

Other journal articles

Donovan, S.K., Lewis, D.N. & Fearnhead, F.E. 2012. Classic localities explained 10. Crinoid localities of the Silurian of the British Isles. The Geological Society of London, Geology Today, 28(6), 230-237.

Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2012. Two Wenlock crinoids, one registration number and a monograph: a tale. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society, 17, 4-6.

Published abstracts of papers presented at meetings

Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2013. A dearth of diplobathrids (Crinoidea) from the type Devonian, south-west England. Palaeontological Association Newsletter (supplement), 84: 69.  [Poster.].

Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K.. 2007. Star gazing. Palaeontological Association Newsletter (supplement), 66: 71. [Poster.].

Fearnhead, F.E. 2006. The Lower Silurian (Llandovery) Crinoidea. Palaeontological Association Newsletter (supplement), 63, 53. [Poster].

Donovan, S.K, Lewis, D.N., Fearnhead, F.E & Widdison, R.E. 2005. Ever since Ramsbotton: Silurian crinoids of the British Isles since 1954. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 37(7), 61.

Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2005. Tales of the unpublished: ‘new’ crinoids from the Llandovery of Britain. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 37(7), 368. [Poster].

Fearnhead, F.E. & Donovan, S.K. 2005. New and ‘forgotten’ crinoids from the Llandovery (early Silurian) of the British Isles. Palaeontological Association Newsletter (supplement), 60, 40 [Poster].