Dr Tori Herridge

Tori Herridge discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Dr Tori Herridge is an evolutionary biologist and Daphne Jackson Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum in London.

Her research addresses big evolutionary and environmental questions using a broad range of lab and field methods, all underpinned by the rich fossil record from the Quaternary Period (aka “The Ice Age”). She is an expert on fossil elephants, particularly those species which lived in Europe during the Ice Age: mammoths and straight-tusked elephants.

She is the co-founder of TrowelBlazers, an organisation dedicated to telling the stories of pioneering women in palaeontology, geology and archaeology, and addressing gender disparity in these fields today.

She also makes TV programmes: Ice Age: Return of the Mammoth? (Channel 4/Science Channel), Woolly Mammoth The Autopsy (Channel 4/Smithsonian), T. rex Autopsy (National Geographic), Hannibal’s Elephant Army (Channel 4/PBS), as well as the series Bone Detectives, Britain at Low Tide, and Walking Through Time for Channel 4.

  1. Finger limes https://www.riverford.co.uk/organic-fruit-veg-and-salad/fruit/finger-limes
  2. Shropshire https://www.investinshropshire.co.uk/relocate-to-shropshire/shropshire-at-a-glance/fascinating-facts/
  3. Trowelblazers https://trowelblazers.com/
  4. The lost diversity of elephants https://theecologist.org/2016/jan/22/last-time-earth-was-hot-britain-was-land-hippos-and-elephants
  5. Diana Wynne Jones https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2011/0404/In-appreciation-of-Diana-Wynne-Jones
  6. The Ice Age wasn’t always cold https://www.climate.gov/news-features/climate-qa/hasnt-earth-warmed-and-cooled-naturally-throughout-history

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