About Me

Prospecting in a river in Romania...
I am a palaeontology PhD student at the University of Southampton in the UK, known as Liz Martin-Silverstone in the real world (although more people know me as just Liz Martin). Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I started my interest in palaeontology at a young age being surrounded by dinosaur fossils, and eventually ending up doing an undergrad in palaeo with Dr. Phil Currie on Centrosaurus apertus. After moving to the UK to do my MSc on pterosaur bone mass in Bristol, I moved to Southampton to start a PhD on the same topic. I now work on pterosaur biomechanics and mass estimation using CT scans, working with Gareth Dyke (UoS), Colin Palmer (UoS/UoB), Mike Habib (USc), and Emily Rayfield (UoB) (with some help from the imaging department in UoS from Philippe Schneider) and hoping to finish my PhD by September 2017. I've done several fieldwork trips focusing in Alberta with the U of A Vertebrate Paleontology group headed by Phil Currie, and Romania with the University of Southampton Vertebrate Paleontology Group.

You can follow me on Twitter (@gimpasaura) where I talk mostly about science, but also bits about other things that are important or interest me, especially regarding Canada and palaeontology. I also am a producer for Palaeocast, where we produce educational podcasts based on palaeontology, and also share interesting palaeontology-related stories and publications. My blog is part of ScienceBorealis, a Canadian blogging community that focuses on Canadian science or science done by Canadians.
Looking at a pterosaur jaw at the AMNH
You can also see my profiles at the University of Southampton, ResearchGate, and Academia.edu if you're interested in things like publication lists.

My research is funded primarily by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Graduate School of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, with additional support from the Geological Society of London, the Palaeontological Association, and an external funder.
View from one of the sites in Alberta. Not a bad view!