Dr Jack Matthews is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Research Fellow at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and a Research Associate at University College, Oxford.
He is an early career geologist, studying the Ediacaran rocks of Newfoundland and the UK. Jack is interested in questions around the first appearance of animals in the geological record, including the age of these deposits, how they are related to each other globally, and the processes that led the organisms to be fossilised.
Most recently, Jack has begun a project working with policy-makers, community groups, and businesses to better understand and improve the ways that important geological sites can be managed and protected. This work supports local communities to develop sustainable geotourism industries that enhance the protections for geological heritage while still strengthening local economies.
Jack holds a Doctorate and Masters in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. He was previously Vice President (Graduates) of the Oxford University Student Union, and current serves as a Governor of the Codsall High Federation of Schools. Jack maintains a keen interest in politics, especially at the interface been science and policy.