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Anjali Goswami

Professor Anjali Goswami is a Research Leader in Palaeobiology and Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Natural History Museum, London and an Honorary Professor of Palaeobiology at University College London. She is also President of The Linnean Society of London, where Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was first presented in 1858.

She grew up around Detroit, Michigan (USA), but spent long periods in India growing up, where her love of nature was first sparked by seeing a tiger when she was 4 years old. She studied Biology and Geology at the University of Michigan and conducted her PhD research on mammal evolution at the University of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History before moving to London to take up a research fellowship at the Natural History Museum. Before coming back to the Natural History Museum as a research leader, she lectured at the University of Cambridge and University College London.

Anjali specialises in the evolution of animal shape, especially skulls, and she has led expeditions to search for fossils all over the world, especially India, Argentina, and Svalbard. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Palaeontological Association’s President’s Medal, the Linnean Society’s Bicentenary Medal, the Zoological Society of London’s Scientific Medal, and HumanistUK’s Darwin Day Medal.

She is passionate about inspiring people around the world to explore, study, and protect nature and hopes everyone will get out and get their hands and feet dirty while learning more about this amazing planet we live on.