After doing a PhD on Lower Carboniferous coral faunas at the University of Durham, and a post-doc in Trinity College Dublin, I worked in the museum sector for nearly a quarter of a century both in Trinity College Dublin and latterly as Keeper of Geology at Manchester University Museum. In 2003 I moved across the road from Manchester Museum to the University's Department of Earth Sciences as Senior Lecturer in Palaeontology.
My research interests have since expanded to include exceptional fossil preservation and Fossil Lagerstätten, on which I have co-authored a number of leading textbooks, which have been translated into several languages. I also direct an international team of specialists working on dinosaur embryology, and still work on Lower Carboniferous faunas and stratigraphy.
I have published 2 books on exceptional preservation of fossils and have worked recently on dinosaur embryos from China and Argentina, and the new dinosaur from Wales.