I am a vertebrate palaeontologist at Imperial College London and a scientific associate at the Natural History Museum, UK. My work examines the origins and early diversification of vertebrate animals—particularly those with jaws, teeth, and paired appendages. To understand the origins of these traits, my research interrogates the fossil record of fishes from the Silurian and Devonian periods (approximately 440 to 365 million years ago). I am also interested in the development of computational tools that allow us to understand the evolution of morphology and better reconstruct evolutionary histories from that data. I am an avid fieldworker and have explored areas such as Mongolia and the Canadian Arctic in search of fossils that will re-shape our understanding of early jawed vertebrate life.