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 Manchester University, splitting my time between Manchester, Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire, and London where I live with my wife. In October 2012 I started 1851 Research Fellowship looking at early insects.
In addition to research, I like to spend my time doing journalism, listening to music, watching films, running, spending time in London's museums and galleries, and randomly wandering around the city. 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.