The UK's Nationwide Geology Club for Children

David Bone
Feb06

David Bone

I started out as a teenage fossil collector in West Sussex and, although I never took up geology as a career, I have always been passionate about our landscape, rocks and fossils. My later interests have moved on to the study of historic building stones and the overlap between geology and archaeology. Fortunately, I am now retired from work, which enables me to spend even more time on geology. I give frequent talks, lead field trips...

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John Crocker
Jul06

John Crocker

Part of my Chemistry degree was a course in Geology. Ever since I have been fascinated by Geology – mainly rocks and minerals. It’s great to go out into the field and collect specimens and ‘read’ the landscape. The picture shows me looking at a mineral at the Natural History Museum in London where I am a volunteer.

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Seabury Salmon
Apr24

Seabury Salmon

I spent years writing about nature conservation and wildlife and reporting on environmental projects in towns and cities. While researching an article about The Lizard peninsula, Cornwall, I found the varied wildlife there was directly related to the soil and rock types of this small area. Ever since, I have seen geology as the most important influence on, not just our plants and animals, but also on where and how we live. I have also...

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Michael Oates
Apr24

Michael Oates

I have been a rock and fossil enthusiast since primary school and followed this calling via batchelor and doctorate degrees in Geology from London University. Employment as a geologist in the petroleum industry naturally followed as a new graduate and I thoroughly enjoyed this career, when no two days were alike and which enabled me to visit lots of unusual places worldwide, at someone else’s expense. In 2015 I became...

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Roger Le Voir
Apr24

Roger Le Voir

I became interested in geology whilst at school and then, when living in Worcestershire, attended geology evening classes on the Malvern Hills. I went on to study with the Open University, concentrating on Earth Sciences, and after getting a degree worked as a part-time tutor for ten years. Now I live in Devon and I am Sidmouth Museum’s resident fossil expert and responsible for all things geological. In my photograph I am...

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Jonathan Larwood
Apr24

Jonathan Larwood

I could say I have geology in my blood; my father was a geologist and I have followed in his footsteps. I studied geology in London, followed by Aberystwyth, which provided a world of geological contrast from the building stone trails, museums, and Crystal Palace dinosaurs of the city to the dramatic Palaeozoic cliffs and mountains of mid Wales. I am a palaeontologist working with Natural England, a government organisation responsible...

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Wendy Kirk
Apr24

Wendy Kirk

I have worked in the Earth Sciences Department (formerly the Geology Department) at University College London since 1976.  Originally I worked as Curator of the many thousands of specimens of rocks, minerals and fossils in the Geology collections, and spent a number of years teaching in the classroom and in the field, collecting a PhD on the way. I have co-authored the Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals of the World, published by...

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Alan Holiday
Apr24

Alan Holiday

I graduated with a degree in geology and geography, trained to be a teacher and spent thirty seven years as a teacher of geography and geology in the Weymouth area. I also had a year in the oil industry as a mud logger. More recently I have been chairman of the Dorset Geologists’ Association Group and Dorset’s Important Geological Sites group (geological conservation). In my ‘spare time’ I lead field trips for interested parties in...

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Peter Doyle
Apr24

Peter Doyle

I started out collecting fossils in North Wales as a boy. With time my collection grew and so did my interest, and I was lucky enough to study geology at university before eventually going on to teach geology at university. Geology has taken me to some amazing places and I love nothing more than to share my enthusiasm in this amazing subject.

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Susanna van Rose
Apr24

Susanna van Rose

I studied geology at St Andrews University, which was a wonderful opportunity to get to know Scotland’s scenery and to contemplate its complex structure.  At that time plate tectonics had hardly entered geologists’ thinking, so it was during the next decades, whilst on the staff at the Geological Museum in London’s South Kensington that I looked for innovative ways to open up this novel concept to the public, through the Museum’s new...

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Geraldine Marshall
Apr24

Geraldine Marshall

My background is economics and journalism so Rockwatch can only be described as a late found passion. I have four children, all of who, when young, liked scrabbling around on beaches hunting for fossils, which I believe does qualifies me for being part of the team! I strongly believe in getting children out and about – fresh air and exercise – and Rockwatch is perfect for that. The club has also succeeded in making me look...

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Susan Brown
Apr24

Susan Brown

When I was a little girl my grandfather, who was a hydrologist and an amateur geologist, used to tell me stories about dinosaurs and share his fossil finds with me. He taught me how to look at fossils and rocks using his special hand lens – a great treat! And my favourite ‘picture’ hanging in his dining room was a large geological map of the British Isles. He died, I moved on to other interests but when my own children were little my...

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