Henslow Research Fellow in Earth Sciences
Degrees and Honours
BSc Physics (London)
MSc Theoretical Physics (London)
MPhil (Mathematics) (York)
MRes Ecology (St Andrews)
PhD Palaeobiology (Cambridge)
The focus of my research is on understanding the ecology and biology of the oldest large, complex organisms in the fossil record – Ediacaran macro-organisms. These organisms differ fundamentally from those found in any other time periods, making it difficult to resolve their basic biology such as their phylogenetic relationships or their ecology. However, the in-situ preservation of thousands of these sessile organisms across hundreds of bedding planes provides a near-census record of these first macro-organism communities. My research utilises spatial statistics and theoretical models to extract biological and ecological information from fossil spatial patterns. These analyses require large datasets, which I record from field sites in Newfoundland, Canada and Charnwood Forest, UK using a laser scanner to create high-resolution 3D maps. The combination of these rich datasets, coupled with spatial point process analyses, enables me to test detailed hypotheses relating to Ediacaran life.