The Stamford and District Geological Society are truly honoured to have Jeff Liston as patron.
Jeff has had a long and successful career working with the National Museums of Scotland and the University of Bristol, but he pinpoints his eighteen years spent at the Hunterian Museum, during which time he worked as Curator of the Alfred Leeds collection of 650 fossil vertebrates, as when he first encountered the Oxford Clay fossils from around the Peterborough area. This led to his association with John Hudson’s Oxford Clay Working Group, through which he first met Alan Dawn, and guided his choice of PhD to the Middle Jurassic suspension-feeding fish Leedsichthys.
Speaking about why he has agreed to put his name behind our society, Jeff says:
“Considering the global significance of the material found in this area, it is a truly remarkable local resource, yet so few people from the area realise the importance of the animals in the clay that they walk upon. Leicester’s Arthur Cruickshank first introduced me to Alan Dawn and the Oxford Clay collections in Peterborough Museum eighteen years ago. And even then it was clear to me that the fossil material that comes from here even puts grand and revered localities like Lyme Regis into the shade.
I am more than happy to do whatever I can to help promote the work of SDGS to promote the geological heritage of the area, in no small part as a tribute to the memory and legacy of Alan Dawn.”
You can also find many publications penned by Jeff and his colleagues on his page at Academia.edu.