Tom Sharpe

Naturalist

Tom’s interest in geology began at just 10 years old when he found fossils near his home in Glasgow, Scotland. He went on to graduate from the University of Glasgow and the University of Leicester before embarking on a career as a geology curator at the National Museum of Wales. He also taught geology at Bristol University and Cardiff University. 

Through talks, lectures, field trips, exhibitions, publications, and the media, Tom has talked rocks to a wide range of audiences. He is enthusiastic about teaching geology in the field rather than in the lecture room, and his fieldwork and teaching have taken him to many parts of the world. He was involved in setting up new geological museums in the United Arab Emirates and in Newfoundland, and he lectures to, and leads field trips for, various groups around the U.K. and elsewhere. 

Tom has worked in expedition travel since 2007, traveling mainly in the Arctic, Antarctic, North Atlantic region, Patagonia, and occasionally somewhere warm. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has a particular interest in dinosaur trackways, the history of geology and geological mapping in the early 19th century and the development of our understanding of Antarctic geology. 

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