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 Duncan Hawley

Duncan Hawley (Chairperson)

Duncan first encountered the ‘greats’ of the heroic age of geology at school, He studied geology at UCL and recalls lectures featuring tales of early pioneers, and drawing rocks and fossils collected by Greenough in ‘practicals’. 

He has subsequently enjoyed a career as a geography and geoscience educator; working in schools, inspection services, fieldwork, teacher education and curriculum development. 

He is a past chair of the Earth Science Teachers’ Association and a Geographical Association Award winner.

Duncan has worked and published on the Old Red Sandstone and contributed to the BGS maps for Brecon, Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye. He has explored the work of geological pioneers in mid-Wales and traced the footsteps of Murchison to establish the site of ‘The first true Silurian’ in the Wye Valley.

He has a particular interest in the development of geological maps.

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Martina Tully (Secretary)

Martina is originally from Westmeath, Ireland. Martina completed her undergraduate degree in Geology at the University College Cork. She went on to study at the University of Edinburgh, completing an MSc by Research, for which her project focused on volcanism on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Following her graduation, she worked in heritage tourism and volunteered extensively in collections and visitor engagement in the museum sector. This experience led to her appointment as Geological Collections Assistant at the British Antarctic Survey. Martina is currently the Assistant Curator at the Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham. She has a particular interest in the history of women in geology and development of early geological maps.

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Consuelo Sendino

Consuelo, originally from Madrid, Spain, has a significant background in collection digitisation and has worked at various institutions. Her education combines informatics and geology. She finished her PhD in 2008, when she moved to London and started to work for the Natural History Museum as curator of palaeoinvertebrates. She oversees the core Fossil Historical Collections, including those made by Sir Hans Sloane (the founder of the British Museum), Charles Koenig (first Keeper of the Department of Natural History and Modern Curiosities) and Thomas Pennat (an 18th century naturalist, antiquarian and collector) along with fossil bryozoans, sponges and worms. Although her main work includes specimen and collection research, she is particularly interested in the history of geology and the contribution made by women in science. She aims to highlight historical collections, built by women, that have since been forgotten.


Cherry Lewis

Cherry has an academic background in geology and geochemistry and for many years worked in the exploration side of the oil industry, but now her interests now lie in the history of geology. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

Cherry has written popular science books, ‘The Dating Game: One Man's Search for the Age of the Earth’ (2000) and) ‘The Enlightened Mr Parkinson’ (2017) which is a biography of James Parkinson (1755-1824) who gave his name to Parkinson's Disease. 

Cherry co-edited ‘The Making of the Geological Society of London’ SP 371 (2000) She has also researched the geological work of David Mushet (1772-1847) who, well known for his experiments on the manufacture of iron and steel, also demonstrated considerable geological expertise. Cherry was Chair of HOGG from 2004-2007.

Cherry co-edited ‘The Making of the Geological Society of London’ SP 371 (2000) She has also researched the geological work of David Mushet (1772-1847) who, well known for his experiments on the manufacture of iron and steel, also demonstrated considerable geological expertise. Cherry was Chair of HOGG from 2004-2007.

 Peter Riches

Peter Riches

Peter is interested in the development and history of geology within and about Norfolk and Suffolk, particularly during the Nineteenth Century. He spent most of his career working in the oil and gas industry. He has an MSc in Quaternary Science and a PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London) for research on the Crags of East Anglia. 

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society, former Vice President of the Geologists’ Association and past editor of the Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.

 Cythia Burke

Cynthia Burek

Cynthia is Professor of Geoconservation at the University of Chester. Her interests include many aspects of conservation, sustainable development, science communication and the history of geoconservation, the history of women in geology and the roles they have played.

In 2005 Cynthia organised the conference “The Role of Women in the History of Geology” and co-edited the subsequent Geological Society Special Publication, SP281 (2007). 

Her interest in the contribution of women to the development of geology continues as co-convenor of the 2019 conference celebrating the centenary of the first female Fellows of the Geological Society. This is Cynthia’s second term on the HOGG committee.

 Tim Carter

Tim Carter

Tim is by background a medic, but one with a rather unusual career that has had a number of links to both geology and history. He fitted in one year of a geology course while a medical student and spent a summer as an assistant on a geological expedition to Spitsbergen.

Later he worked for the Health and Safety Executive, where he was concerned with health risks from mineral dusts such as asbestos and silica. For a while he managed field inspection services, including those for quarries. On leaving HSE, he spent a year funded by DIFD on Montserrat in the Caribbean, responsible for revising health care arrangements on an island with an erupting volcano and high ambient levels of silica dust.

Subsequently he has worked for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as their medical adviser, but has found time to do a Master's course in maritime history and to write a book about merchant seamen's health. He has also studied the history of a range of occupational health risks, including a part-time pre-retirement PhD on anthrax in Edwardian Worcestershire. He has been a member of HOGG for around five years and enjoyed both conferences and field trips.

Peter Lincoln

Peter Lincoln

Peter retired from careers in shipbuilding and school science-teaching to pursue his interests in history of science. An MSc dissertation project on the foundation of Ipswich Museum lead to a fascination with the person and character of William Buckland, whose life and work now form the focus of his further studies.

Devoid of any geological knowledge, Peter has nevertheless enjoyed and benefited from attendance at HOGG meetings, and hopes to be able to make some small contribution to the group during his term on the committee.

 Jill Darrell

Jill Darrell

Jill is a curator in the Earth Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum, London. She is responsible for the Cnidaria (corals, etc.) collections and the William Smith Collections of fossils and rocks. She has served on the HOGG committee previously.

Jill is one of the authors of the book ‘William Smith’s Fossils Reunited’ (2018), which links the illustrations in Smith’s publications ‘Strata Identified by Organized Fossils’ and ‘A Stratigraphical System of Organized Fossils’ with photographs of his original specimens.

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Andrew Hopkins

Following his graduation in Geology from Imperial College, Andrew has spent most of his career in the (largely fruitless) search for oil and gas on behalf of various companies. He has also lectured in Further Education colleges. He completed a part-time PhD on Namibian contourites and eventually left the oil industry to undertake an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science, following which he joined a research project at the LSE looking at how narrative is employed in scientific practice. Andrew is currently an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at UCL. He is particularly interested in the history of ideas in geology, and in understanding how we reconstruct the past on the basis of the often meagre evidence available to us in the present.

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Stephen K. Donovan

Stephen studied at the universities of Manchester (B.Sc.) and Liverpool (Ph.D., D.Sc.). He was formerly Professor of Palaeozoology at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and returned to Europe to be Keeper of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum (1998-2001). Until recently he was a researcher at the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden, but has now retired to Manchester. His research interests have included Palaeozoic crinoids and trace fossils, and Caribbean geology and its history. He edited Jamaican Rock Stars 1823-1971: The Geologists who Explored Jamaica (2010), a Geological Society of America Memoir.


Sarah Scott

Sarah is the Geological Society Science Committee representative attached to the HOGG Committee. She is a practising hydrogeologist and has been working at the Environment Agency for over 29 years. She is responsible for ensuring that we regulate activities in order to protect groundwater resources and quality - much of this is related to oil and gas industry activities. Sarah joined the Geological Society as a Fellow in 2005 and became Chartered in 2012. She serves on the Hydrogeological Group's committee, for the past three years as Treasurer. Her previous interest in the history of geology was ‘casual’ in the way of many working geologists but is now more informed by her attachment to the HOGG Committee.