As part of my work, I undertake a variety of projects as a palaeontological consultant and science communicator. This includes, but is not restricted to, the assessment of palaeontology collections (e.g. identifications, documentation and research), the development and creation of exhibitions, TV, radio and author consultancy, public lectures, and specialist advice/training. In addition, I also manage fieldwork projects and have led teams in the UK, Europe and the USA.
I am incredibly passionate about science communication and work as a consultant palaeontologist (and presenter) for various media outlets, see the media page for more details. Furthermore, I lead fossil hunting trips and give talks/lectures at museums, institutions, societies, organisations and schools etc. See the events page for details.
A Selection of Consultancy Projects:
2019. NHK, TV Production: Consultant palaeontologist, providing scientific input and filming presenter-led scenes for a primetime dinosaur documentary series, first aired in Japan.
2019. Doncaster College: Special lecture for students and teachers regarding my work in palaeontology, writing books and how I have overcome adversity.
2019. Lapworth Museum of Geology: Special public lecture about ichthyosaurs, including handling real specimens with the public.
2019. Western Interior Paleontological Society: Fieldtrip leader for members of WIPS, which included a trip to the Yorkshire Coast (Whitby) and an introduction to the geology and identification of fossils.
2019. Audible: Expert consultant for a series on dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Aired first in 2019.
2018. First News and VUE Cinemas (in association with Edelman and OnlyBeattie): Special public event for children held in VUE Cinema, London, in conjunction with the release of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.
2018/9. Dorling Kindersley: Author and consultant for a children’s book, ‘Dinosaurs Discovered’.
2017/8. Jurassic Kingdom: Consultant palaeontologist for educational materials for a travelling dinosaur exhibition in the UK and Europe.
2017. The Royal Society/Doncaster Museum: Exhibition design and science communication project regarding the ‘Local Science Heroes’ funding stream from The Royal Society.
2017. Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team: Expert consultant tasked in creating and delivering a workshop for teachers, revolving around a scientific discovery.
2016–19. Dragonfly Group Ltd: Consultant palaeontologist for a series of children’s dinosaur books (‘What’s so Special about? and ‘The Bone Wars’), authored by Nicky Dee.
2015. Maverick TV production (for ITV): Series advisor and on-screen expert presenter for Dinosaur Britain. Providing scientific input for script and CGI reconstructions with Jellyfish Pictures.
2015. Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery (Education Department): Consultant palaeontologist – exhibition design, development and creation of new palaeontology gallery, Fossil Wonders.
2015. Thinktank Museum, Birmingham Museums, Birmingham: Consultant palaeontologist – Specialist research, identification & assessment, culminating in a 3D ichthyosaur being displayed.
2014. Abingdon County Hall Museum, Oxfordshire: Consultant palaeontologist – Collections review of ~900 fossils & exhibition design.
2012–2014. Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery – CIRCA Project (funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation): Freelance Curator of Palaeontology, including assessment of ~12,000 fossils, including identification and re-storage of specimens.
2013. Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter: Consultant palaeontologist – Collections review of 1000+ fossils, including identification.
2011. Menat Quarry, central France: Consultant field palaeontologist and quarry manager for a Palaeocene-aged Lagerstätte, which included collecting and curating a collection of 262 specimens.