Dr Phil Manning
Dr. Phil Manning is Professor of Natural History and Director of the cross-faculty Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life (ICAL) at the University of Manchester (UK). Phil is also a Fellow (International) of the Explorer’s Club (New York, USA) and a Research Associate of the American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA). The University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA) appointed Phil as a visiting scholar in 2013 where he still regularly visits to lecture and supervise graduate students. He has a BSc from Leicester University in Earth Sciences, an MSc from the University of Manchester in Geology and a PhD from the University of Sheffield in Paleontology.
Phil has worked as a paleontologist for over 25 years, including positions in museums and universities, working in both the laboratory and the field. A pivotal theme of his research is the study the multiple contemporary problems of natural-resource conservation and environmental quality and how they relate to the history of life on Earth. His work explores both the past and present interactions of processes that integrate the four terrestrial spheres: lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Phil’s research is both broad and interdisciplinary with active research topics including: biomechanics, geobiology, taphonomy and soft tissue preservation, synchrotron-based imaging and spectroscopy, de novoapplications of LiDAR-based imaging (including landscape and skeletal modeling), x-ray microtomography, as well as the application of numerical modeling techniques to biomaterials. Phil and his team have extensively explored new field sites in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota and Montana, but his field exploration program also extends sites in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Phil has presented many television documentaries including a recent series for National Geographic Channel (‘Jurassic CSI’) that showcased the application of new technologies in paleontology and he has also contributed to many BBC, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and History Channel TV documentaries. He is currently filming two new National Geographic documentaries that will be transmitted in the summer of 2015. Phil plays an active role in the University of Manchester’s public programs, contributing to open-days, public lectures, workshops and fieldwork. He has authored both children’s and popular science books and is a regular contributor to public speaking programs around the world, promoting the public engagement of science. Phil was appointed as the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Public Engagement Fellow (2013-2017), so as to further promote science and technology to as wide an audience as possible.