I’m currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Natural History Museum in London, where I’m living with my wife and son.
I class myself as both a biologist and a palaeontologist because I need to understand the living species in order to interpret the fossils. In doing so I have realised that there is an awful lot we don’t know about the species alive today! This results in a lot of my research being biology rather than palaeontology, which is by no means a bad thing!
I am interested in the evolutionary history of marine tetrapods and aim to understand the anatomy, morphology and ecology of fossil species by comparing them to living animals. I use cutting-edge imaging and data visualisation techniques paired with both traditional comparative and more recent quantitative analytical methods. My current research is looking at the earliest members of the two living groups of whales, the mysticetes (baleen whales) and the odontocetes (toothed whales), where I am investigating what drove the evolution of their markedly different auditory systems. I am a strong advocate of science communication to all age groups and enjoy informing the public about the wonders of the natural world.