I've loved natural history since I was a wee lad, collecting fossils on the beach or looking for bugs on the moors. My favourite part was always geology though, the processes and timescales involved are beyond human imagination. The world has changed so much that, by studying rocks, you can travel to an alien world. I also like stories and geology allows me to read the stories written in the rocks.
After school I worked in a variety of jobs, from crisp factories to call centers, for around ten years before starting a part time distance learning undergrad through Birkbeck College, University of London. They encrouaged me to develop a career in science which led to me applying for my current PhD position at Oxford.
Now instead of making crisps or selling car insurance, I get paid to travel the world doing what I love and unraveling ancient mysteries from the antedeluvian past! :D
Ancient Mysteries in Marvellous Mud
It took over a billion years for life to transition from simple eukaryotic cells, like primitive algae, to simple animals like sponges or jellyfish. But, why did it take such a long time?