2011 - present: Museum Scientist (Level 3), The Natural History Museum
2008 - 2011: Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, Bath Spa University
2006 - 2008: Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity,
University of Birmingham
2011: CPLHE Certificate in Professional Learning in Higher Education, Bath Spa University
2005: PhD University of the West of England, Bristol
2001: BSc University of Liverpool
Based in Micropalaeontology, my role at NHM comprises a number of duties, which include the development and delivery of education and training, research, stakeholder engagement, advising on collections development and income-generation. With my colleague Stephen Stukins, we work with external stakeholders to explore potential ways in which the NHM micropalaeontology collections, and the expertise of NHM staff, can be of use to the wider micropalaeontological community in terms of research, education and commercial contexts.
2008-2011 Senior Lecture in Physical Geography at Bath Spa University, Bath, covering Level 4, 5 and 6 undergraduate teaching. Specialist modules included L6 Quaternary Environments. L5 Coastal Systems and Management Issues, L5 Geographic Research Methods, L4 Introducing Physical Landscapes.
2011 Diatom analysis of ancient sediments from the coastline of Wadi Debayan, NE Qatar, to investigate proxy preservation and quantify sea-level change during the prehistoric period.
2006-2008 Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, working within Birmingham Archaeo-Environmental (Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity). Responsible for the planning, development and execution of geoarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental investigations for a variety of clients, with specific focus on development/planning applications (to adhere to PPG16/PPS5 guidelines)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Quaternary Research Association
The Micropalaeontological Society (Publicity Officer)
The Palaeontological Association
AASP - The Palynological Society
Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee
My main research interests lie in the reconstruction of Quaternary palaeoenvironments. I have specific expertise in late Quaternary climate change, with focus on the transition from the Devensian Late-glacial to the Holocene period. I have experience in the application of pollen, diatom and particle size analyses to palaeoenvironmental reconstructions.
I also have interests in contemporary and ancient coastal lowland systems and the use of microfossils, including diatoms and foraminifera preserved in coastal sedimentary archives as a quantitative tool for reconstructing sea-level change during the Holocene. My most recent work builds on a strong interest in geoarchaeology and the use of palynology and stratigraphy to study the impact of human activity on the landscape change during the prehistoric period.