Below you will find the 2022 list of Council members of the Palaeontological Association:
Patrick J. Orr ‡ - University College Dublin; e-mail email@example.com
Paddy is at the School of Earth Sciences, University College Dublin. His research interests are in taphonomy and what the trace fossil record tells us about organisms’ activities in early Phanerozoic environments. Away from work enjoys playing and watching football (soccer).
Paddy was honoured to be elected President of the Palaeontological Association for 2021-2023. He would welcome suggestions and feedback from members on the Association’s activities
Paul Barrett - Natural History Museum, London; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul is an Individual Merit Researcher based at the Natural History Museum, London. He is a specialist on the taxonomy, biology and evolution of non-avian dinosaurs and he also works with other Mesozoic reptile groups. This research is international in scope and his many collaborations bring insights into palaeontological research on the global stage.
As one of the Vice-Presidents, Paul sits on Council to provide independent input on all matters, based on his previous experience with other related societies and editorial matters, as well as with the palaeontological community. He is expected to lead and/or participate in important sub-committees, particularly those tasked with making recommendations for grants and awards, and has strong interests in professional ethics.
Richard J. Butler - University of Birmingham; e-mail email@example.com
Richard is Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on Palaeozoic and Mesozoic tetrapod evolution, particularly early archosaurs, as well as reconstructing large-scale patterns and drivers of biodiversity change in the fossil record. He conducts much of his research internationally, and also has extensive experience of working for and with the museum sector.
Jo Hellawell ‡
As Executive Officer of the Palaeontological Association, Jo is employed full-time to oversee and manage things day-to-day. Jo facilitates the smooth running of the Association by assisting the Council with delivery of its key aims and strategy. Her duties are varied and include aspects of finance, sales, meetings organisation and logistics, public engagement and outreach, and website maintenance. If members need any assistance they can get in touch with her, preferably via e-mail.
Jo’s research background is in geochemistry and palaeontology. She has previously held various technical and administrative posts, and has been in this role since 2016.
Manabu Sakamoto ‡ - University of Lincoln; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Manabu Sakamoto is Senior Lecturer of Zoology at the University of Lincoln. His research focuses on revealing hidden evolutionary patterns in the tree of life, particularly in dinosaurs, using phylogenetic and data science approaches.
As Treasurer, Manabu's role on Council is to oversee the financial management of the Association, providing an independent sounding board for financial matters and being the link between the Executive Officer and the Trustees on finance. Manabu is keen to support palaeontologists in vulnerable positions and increasing DEI.
Alan R.T. Spencer - Natural History Museum London/Imperial College London; e-mail email@example.com
Alan is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London and Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum London. He is interested in the early development of seed plants and plant-fungi interactions. Specializing in non-destructive visualization techniques he can — when not teaching or wandering around mountainsides — be found sitting behind a computer screen with coffee in hand, staring at overly pixelated fossilized plant/fungi data while simultaneously contemplating the meaning of life. Alan has been involved with Council for more years then he cares to admit (or remember!). His most recent role, before becoming scretary, was as a Trustee and Internet Officer and then as (the unofficially titled) “Emeritus Internet Officer”.
The Secretary has a wide range of duties and responsibilities. In addition to preparing agendas and keeping the minutes of all the Association’s meetings, the Secretary also has a major role in keeping written records up to date, such as drafting the annual Trustees Report, recording results of elections at Annual Meetings, and drafting changes to the Constitution. The Secretary also acts as line manager for the Association Officers and has oversight on major new initiatives that Council members propose. The Secretary works closely with the President, Vice Presidents and Executive Officer on the workings and policies of the Association.
Chair of the Editorial Board
Paul D. Taylor ‡ - The Natural History Museum; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Taylor is a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum, London, following retirement from his post as an Individual Merit Researcher at the end of 2018. Paul’s research focuses on the palaeobiology and systematics of bryozoans and the palaeoecology of hard substrates. He also has an interest in fossil folklore.
Paul is Editor-in-Chief for the Association’s journals Palaeontology and Papers in Palaeontology.
Sally J. Thomas; e-mail email@example.com
Sally is the Publications Officer of the Palaeontological Association, a full time role that involves managing the journals Palaeontology and Papers in Palaeontology. She works with authors, editors and the production team at Wiley to see papers through from submission to publication.
Sally’s background is in geology and palaeontology, and worked on Devonian tetrapods before moving to Cambridge University Press. She took on her present role in 2013.
Nicholas J. Butterfield - University of Cambridge; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick is Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge. His specimen-based research is focussed on Proterozoic and Cambrian microfossils, but he spends rather more time thinking about the early evolution of eukaryotes/multicellularity/animals, the means by which they have been captured in the fossil record, and their co-evolutionary implications for planetary function. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Association journals Palaeontology and Papers in Palaeontology.
Susannah C.R. Maidment - The Natural History Museum; e-mail email@example.com
Susannah Maidment is a Researcher in dinosaurs and Curator of non-avian archosaurs at the Natural History Museum, London. Susannah’s research focuses on the palaeobiology of the bird-hipped dinosaurs, dinosaur locomotion, and the geological context of dinosaur evolution.
Susannah sits on Council as a member of the Editorial Board of the Association journals Palaeontology and Papers in Palaeontology.
Emilia Jarochowska ‡ - Utrecht University; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Emilia is an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University. She studies conodont ecology, which is broad enough to allow her to sneak into areas as unrelated as biomineralization, sclerochronology and stratigraphic palaeobiology. Emilia grew up and studied in Warsaw before moving to Germany for her PhD. Most of her fieldwork took place in the Ukraine, Estonia, Sweden and the UK.
Emilia has been the Association's Newsletter Editor since the beginning of 2021. She works with other Council members and Association members on identifying and soliciting contributions concerning topics which are important for the palaeontological community, including career perspectives, new methods, EDI, outreach and many others. If you are interested in contributing to the Newsletter or have a topic that you would like to see covered, please e-mail Emilia
Thomas Clements ‡ - University of Birmingham; e-mail email@example.com
Thomas is a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Birmingham. His research is focused on understanding the processes of soft-tissue preservation (particularly phosphatization and concretion formation), mainly through the use of decay experiments. Outside of work, Thomas enjoys hiking, making videos and sports.
As the Reviews Editor, Thomas’ role is to solicit reviews of media from the membership for the Newsletter. Traditionally, these have been in the form of book reviews, but we are now branching out into all types of media from video games, films, and even software packages. If you are interested in contributing a review or to ask for a review of particular media, please contact Thomas at the e-mail address above.
Nicola Vuolo ‡ - Independent; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick’s main research interest is in conodont morphology and evolution. For his PhD at University of Milan, Italy, he did Carboniferous and Permian conodont biostratigraphy. He worked on 3D reconstruction of conodont feeding apparatus as a visiting researcher at University of Bristol (UK) and he explored conodont disparity at the P/T boundary during his post-doc at University of Lyon (France). In 2021 he did a master’s in science communication at SISSA University in Trieste (Italy). He is currently working as a project manager for Research and Development European project communication at ICONS foundation (Italy) while collaborating with Italian scientific schoolbook publishers.
As Publicity Officer, Nick will drive the Association’s social media, raising awareness towards Association’s events and initiatives, promoting the Association and palaeontology among experts and general public. He will work closely with the other members of the Council’s Public Engagement Group to develop and deliver our programme of public engagement work.
Russell "Garfield" Garwood ‡ - University of Manchester; e-mail email@example.com
Russell is a palaeontologist based at the University of Manchester. He uses X-ray and computational approaches to study fossils, evolution, and the origins of a range of different groups of organisms (though his first and true love is the arachnids).
As Internet Officer, Russell’s role is to run the Association’s web infrastructure: its website, web shop and e-mail system, for example.
Zoë E. Hughes - Natural History Museum, London; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoë is Curator of Fossil Invertebrates (Brachiopods and Cephalopods) at the Natural History Museum in London. Given the breadth of the collections her interests are also broad, but her main interest is evolving to be Jurassic brachiopods of the UK. As part of her role at the NHM she participates in many forms of outreach and is always willing to give most things a try at least once! Outside of the Museum she likes to make things and is currently enjoying making model tanks (though knows nothing about them).
As Outreach Officer on council Zoë is involved with the Association’s outreach programmes and administering the Engagement Grants. If you have ideas about outreach or need some outreach support, please e-mail her.
Uwe Balthasar ‡ - University of Plymouth; e-mail email@example.com
Uwe is a Lecturer in Palaeontology at the University of Plymouth with a background in early Palaeozoic brachiopods and fossil preservation. His current research interests are more about the formation of calcium carbonate and the evolution of biomineralisation through time.
In his role as Meetings Coordinator, Uwe ensures that the Association is present at most of the major international meetings in the wider Earth Sciences domain. He also coordinates the Association’s Postgraduate Travel Fund and the Exceptional Lecturer Scheme and works with the organizer of the Annual Meeting to put in place mechanisms that ensure diversity and delegate safety.
Farid Saleh ‡ - Yunnan University; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Farid is a postdoc at Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology at Yunnan University. His research focuses on exceptional preservation, particularly organism-mineral interactions, and preservation biases in the fossil record. Outside of work Farid enjoys painting and cooking.
Farid is the Association's Diversity Officer. His role is to make sure that our palaeontological community continues to become more diverse and inclusive.
Sam Giles ‡ - University of Birmingham; e-mail email@example.com
Sam is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. She is a vertebrate palaeontologist and uses x-ray imaging (CT scanning) to unlock the external and internal anatomy of Palaeozoic and Mesozoic fossil fishes.
Sam is an Ordinary Member, and has remit to get involved across Council's activities. She works particularly closely with the Diversity Group, which aims to remove barriers to participation in palaeontology. Sam also sits on the Undergraduate Research Bursary committee.
Tom H.P. Harvey - University of Leicester; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom is a Lecturer in Geoscience at the University of Leicester. His research focuses on using exceptionally preserved fossils to explore the history of life through the Proterozoic--Phanerozoic transition.
As an Ordinary Member, Tom helps with reviewing grant applications and judging presentations.
Liz A. Hide ‡ - Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences; e-mail email@example.com
Liz is Director of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. She is interested in ways in which museum collections can better support research and teaching, and in addressing the barriers that prevent people from engaging with palaeontology. This includes investigating the legacies of empire within our palaeontological collections, role models and representation in museums, and how public engagement with palaeontology can address social inequality and disadvantage.
As an Ordinary Member of Council, Liz contributes to the Association’s work on Public Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion.
Robert Theodore ‡ - Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob is the Exhibitions and Display Coordinator at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. Rob’s work involves engaging with academics, students and the local community to make Earth Sciences research accessible and diversify the stories and voices found in the museum through co-curated exhibitions, displays and other gallery interventions. Rob is actively engaged in investigating the legacies of Empire within palaeontological collections and is part of the University of Cambridge Museum’s Changemakers Action Group.
Rob was recently elected an Ordinary Member of the Council. He is aiming to contribute to the Association’s work on Public Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion. He is a member of the council’s Diversity Group.
Rachel A. Wood** - University of Edinburgh; e-mail email@example.com
Rachel is based in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. Her main research interests are in the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition, the history of reef-building, and carbonate sedimentology and petrography. She tries to integrate palaeobiological data with geochemical indicators of environmental change and sedimentology. A key joy in her professional life has been working with talented students and international colleagues.
Rachel is delighted and honoured to be elected President of the Palaeontological Association for 2023-2025.
- Sean Smart, Emily Green & Shane Wheatley** - UCL (Progressive Palaeontology 2022 representatives; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Maria McNamara** - University College Cork (Annual Meeting 2022 representative; email: email@example.com)
Past Council Members
- Elspeth Sinclair - Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (Education Officer; stood down September 2022)