BA, MA, PhD
Director of Studies
- Director of Studies in Natural Sciences Physical (Earth Sciences Parts IB, II & III)
- Postgraduate Mentor
- Honorary Professor at Department of Earth Sciences
- Curator of the Sedgwick Museum
Telephone: 01223 332846
Prof Liz Harper is an paleobiologist.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Geological Sciences in which I specialized in Part II in Palaeobiology. I moved to the Open University in Milton Keynes to explore how oysters attach to hard surfaces, a combination of biology and mineralogy, before returning to Cambridge first as Research Fellow at Caius College and then a Royal Society Research Fellow, before finally becoming a College Lecturer. I lecture in the Department of Earth Sciences and am an Honorary Fellow of the British Arctic Survey.
I use a range of zoological and palaeontological techniques to unravel the intrinsic and extrinsic controls that have shaped evolution. I am particularly interested in biomineralization and am currently very involved in looking at the impact of ocean acidification on shelled organisms.
A list of recent publications is available on her Departmental research page.