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Leila Battison – Curriculum VitaeD.O.B.: 23-07-1986; Nationality: British; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My research interests lie primarily in the enigmatic micropalaeontology of the Precambrian period of Earth’s history. However, having received formal training in all aspects of palaeontology, including the philosophical implications of early life studies and of evolutionary theory, I cannot fail to be fascinated by these topics as well. Fundamentally, I am attracted to large scale unsolved problems within the field of science, and explore these as my knowledge base and training allows. I am always looking to expand my horizons, and the relatively young science of Astrobiology, combined with questions on the origins of early life in Earth, hold particular appeal for me. Within the scope of my DPhil I was able to explore such questions as the timing and process of the evolution of eukaryotes, the transition from unicellular to multicellular forms, and the changing nature of the fossil record through Earth’s history. In my future academic career, I intend to investigate the mineral and organic signs that life leaves in rocks on Earth, and expand this information to studies on other planets.
Communication of Science to a wider public audience is critical, and a central motivation to my life as a scientist. In my day-to-day life as a researcher, I strive to make my own work accessible to the layperson (both interested and uninterested), and in my spare time, I hope to make a difference in making the work of other academics similarly understandable. Good practice in science communication is key, as well as searching for new ways to engage the public with the fascinating and important work being done by academics worldwide.
2012 Bebout Lab, NASA Ames Research Centre, CA PBI program investigating ways of detecting life on other planets.
2008 – 2012 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford DPhil in Palaeobiology.
Title: Remarkable Preservation of Cells in Phosphate and the Early Evolution of the Biosphere
2004 – 2008 Hertford College, University of Oxford MESci in Earth Sciences, first class.
2002 – 2004 King Edward VI Sixth Form College, Stourbridge Six A-Levels at grade A.
1997 – 2002 Summerhill School, Kingswinford Thirteen GCSEs all at grade A-A*
Summer 2009 Fieldwork in Ontario, Canada D.Phil research
Summer 2008 Trip to Indian Himalaya Demonstrator for A-level field trip
Summer 2008 Fieldwork in Newfoundland D.Phil research
Summer 2007 and Summer 2008 and Summer 2010 Fieldwork in NW Scotland Masters and D.Phil research
Summer 2006 Independent mapping project in SW Sardinia Part of Undergraduate Course
Summer 2005 Expedition to Madagascar Research Assistant
Summer 2003 Expedition to Greenland Research Assistant
2000 – 2004 Duke of Edinburgh Award To Gold Award Level
2011 – Present Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford Course Coordinator for Masters Astrobiology Series
2010 – Present Oxford Summer Academy Evolution and Earth Sciences Tutor
2008 – Present Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford Tutoring in Palaeobiology and Sedimentology
2008 – Present Department of Earth Sciences, Univeristy of Oxford Practical Demonstration in Palaeobiology, Sedimentology and Mapping
2007 – 2009 Oxford Science Studies Biology and Geography tutor
August 2011 What Goes Up with PassiveAggressiveProductions at C Venues, Edinburgh Fringe Festival Lighting design
August 2010 Now is the Winter with Alarum Theatre at the Vault (Venue 29), Edinburgh Fringe FestivalStage Manager, Lighting and Sound Technician, Publicity
Summer 2010 Isobel’s War and The Mary Rose with Alarum Theatre at Tooleys Boatyard Theatre, Banbury Stage Manager and Lighting Technician
Spring 2010 Antigone at Oxford Playhouse with Oxford Theatre Guild Technical Stage Manager, Props and Programme Co-ordinator
Autumn 2009 Alice’s Adventures Underground at Old Fire Sation, Oxford, with Oxford Theatre Guild Stage Manager
EDITING AND CREATIVE DIRECTION
2011 – Present Broadway Baby Section editor at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, year-round London editor
2011 – Present Stallard Scientific Editing English Language Editor
2010 – 2011 Oxford Summer Academy Editor and Creative Director of fortnightly magazine
2009 – 2011 Bang! Science Magazine Editor in Chief and Creative Director
Where did Sex come from? Au Science Magazine, Issue 3, March 2012
Interview with Material World, BBC Radio 4 – March 2011
Astrobiology article ‘Intelligent Life: Apply Elsewhere” Bang Science Magazine, Issue 5, Summer 2010
PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS
Battison, L., McMahon, S. and Brasier, M. D. (in revision) Sedimentary phosphate in the 2 Ga Gunflint Formation, Ontario. Geobiology.
Battison, L. and Brasier, M. D. (2012) Remarkably preserved prokaryote and eukaryote microfossils within lake phosphates of the Torridon Group, NW Scotland. Precambrian Research, 196-197, 204-217.
Callow, R. H. T., Battison, L. and Brasier, M. D. (2011) Diverse microbially induced sedimentary structures from 1 Ga lakes of the Diabaig Formation, Torridon Group, northwest Scotland. Sedimentary Geology, 239 117-128.
Strother, P. K., Battison, L., Brasier, M. D. and Wellman, C. H. (2011) Earths earliest non-marine eukaryotes. Nature, 473, 505-509.
Battison, L. (2011) Niche habitats for extra-terrestrial life: the potential for astrobiology on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter. Journal of Cosmology, 13, 3790-3799.
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Battison, L. How the early Earth can guide our search for life elsewhere Oral Presentation at AbGradCon, Pasadena, CA, August 2012
Battison L. Taphospace: Using taphonomy to decode early diversity and preservation. Poster presentation at LIO Origin of Life Meeting, Lyon, June 2012
Battison L. Oceans in Icy Bodies – Our best chance at finding extraterrestrial life? Oral presentation at Oceans in Icy Planetary Bodies meeting, October 2011
Battison L. and Brasier, M. D. Ecological Adaptation of Algal Communities in Billion-year-old Lake Basins. Oral Presentation a IPC3, London, June 2010
Battison, L. and Brasier, M. D. Ecological Adaptation of Algal Communities in Billion-year-old Lake Basins. Oral presentation at Progressive Palaeontology, Bristol, May 2010
Battison, L. – Before the Birds and the Bees: The Origin of Sex in the Fossil Record. Poster presentation at Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting, Birmingham (2009)
Battison, L. and Brasier, M. D. – Exceptional Preservation of Early Terrestrial Communities in Lacustrine Phosphate One Billion Years Ago in Smith, M. R., O’Brien L. J., Caron, J-B. International Conference on the Cambrian Explosion (Walcott 2009) Abstract Volume. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: The Burgess Shale Consortium. (31st July 2009)
Battison, L., Brasier, M. D., and Ancliffe, J. B. – The Earliest Fossil Evidence for Life on Land and the Freshwater Origin of Algae? Oral presentation at Progressive Palaeontology, Birmingham (2009)
Battison, L., Brasier, M. D., and Antcliffe, J. B. – The Earliest Fossil Evidence for Life on Land and the Freshwater Origin of Algae? Oral presentation at EGU General Assembly, Vienna (2009)
Brasier, M. D., Battison, L., Callow, R.H., Antcliffe, J. B. – Towards a solution for Darwin’s Dilemma: remarkable preservation in one-billion-year-old lake ecosystems in NW Scotland. Poster presentation at Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting, Glasgow (2008)