It was almost a disaster. For 5 whole days Fossil Hunter Lottie appeared to be lost in the post. But a spot of sleuthing and a few phone calls later, and PHEW! She turned up safe and sound in the University of Leeds post room, ready for her next adventure… spending the day at work with micropalaeontologist Dr Tracy Aze!
Over to Tracy (& Fossil Hunter Lottie) with a post that also has the #girlswithtoys hashtag totally covered…
I recently moved to the University of Leeds to take up a post as a lecturer in Marine Micropalaeontology having previously been working as a Research Fellow in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. My research is principally focused on a group of tiny, single-celled organisms that live in the oceans called planktonic foraminifera. They have an exceptional fossil record and I use it to investigate how evolution works over long time-scales, what past environments were like and how biodiversity has responded to climate change. One of my current research projects has been to test Cope’s rule (the idea that the body size of ancestor-descendant populations gets bigger over time) and has involved the analysis of over 30,000 individual planktonic foraminifera fossils! A new project is going to be working on cores from the Uruguayan Shelf (from the sea bed just off the coast of Uruguay in South America) to investigate plankton evolution and climatic change in this region.
I took Fossil Hunter Lottie into my lab, to show her what happens after the fieldwork is over and the all-important analysis begins…
So, properly chuffed with with a day of actual real-life lab work under her belt, Fossil Hunter Lottie is off to her next #realfossilhunter tour stop: Oxford University where she’ll meet Dr Allison Daley and some *extremely* old (and weird) fossil creatures.
Written by Tracy Aze (@Tracy_Aze). Al photos (c) Tracy Aze.