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patron, Dr David Penny


I have had a life-long fascination with all things creepy crawly and still vividly remember exactly how this came about. My qualifications include a BSc in Zoology, a doctorate (PhD) and higher doctorate (DSc) in amber palaeobiology.
I am an Honorary Lecturer in the Faculty of Life Sciences (Preziosi Lab) at the University of Manchester, UK. My expertise stems from more than two decades of research mainly in amber palaeobiology and fossil and extant spiders.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a Fellow of the Linnean Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Chartered Scientist, a corresponding member of the Arbeitskreis Bernstein (Amber Council), Hamburg, Germany and am a Patron of UKAFH.
I am available for school education visits (see relevant page on this website) and also run the book publishing company Siri Scientific Press. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and picking up very heavy things in the gym!