- 2015 – present: Lecturer, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester.
- 2012 – 2015: 1851 Research Fellow, School of Materials / School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester.
- 2012: Research Associate in 3D and 4D Materials Imaging: Geology, The Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility, Research Complex at Harwell, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire.
- 2011 – 2012: X-ray Computed Tomography Lab Manager, IAC, Natural History Museum, London.
- 2007 – 2011: PhD Palaeobiology, Imperial College, London.
- 2003 – 2007: MSci Geology (Hons), Imperial College, London.
I grew up near Cambridge, UK, and moved to London in 2003 to study an MSci in Geology at Imperial College. I subsequently completed a PhD in Palaeobiology at Imperial, and then ran the CT lab at the Natural History Museum, London, for six months. Since then I have been a member of staff at the University of Manchester, at first splitting my time between Manchester, Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire, and London. In October 2012 I started an 1851 Research Fellowship looking at early insects, and in 2015 relocated to Manchester, and took up a lectureship in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
In addition to research, I like to spend my time doing journalism, listening to music, watching films, running, and spending time in museums and galleries. My musical tastes are varied: I listen to anything from extreme metal to jazz, with a healthy dose of electronic genres, rock, post-rock, classical, and a number of other styles thrown in. My tastes in cinema are similarly hard to tie down: I'm a big fan of horror and world cinema, and watch several films a week, spanning genres from film noir and action to drama, sci-fi, and silent movies.