Miss Virginia Harvey

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Virginia Harvey is a marine biologist and a zooarchaeologist, currently studying a PhD at the University of Manchester after being awarded the prestigious Dean’s Award in 2017. The theme of her research addresses the use of biomolecular methods in the study of human impacts on biodiversity through time. Virginia analyses preserved proteins in ancient bones to acquire faunal identification to help build species presence and composition data. She uses this information to understand how the world has changed under increasing anthropogenic pressures and to assist in the reconstruction of natural baselines. Virginia’s research aims to support the education of future generations of Earth scientists to help crucially sustain the responsible stewardship of our Planet’s natural resources.

Virginia is a member of Dr. Mike Buckley’s lab group at the University of Manchester, all researchers of which are seeking to understand the physical and biological history of our Planet.

EMAIL: virginia.harvey@manchester.ac.uk

Social responsibility

During her PhD, Virginia secured funding and developed 'Carbon Literacy for Labs', a climate change learning initiative, now rolling out nationally across sereral universities in the UK. Consequently, Mike Buckley's lab is one of the first Carbon Literate labs in the world. Virginia strives to embed social responsibility in her research and beyond, in keeping with her research interests.

External positions

Project Co-ordinator and Fundraising Officer, The Carbon Literacy Project

1 Jan 201331 Dec 2018

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2017 - Master of Philosophy, Proteomic Analyses of Sub-Fossil Vertebrate Remains from the Cayman Islands, The University of Manchester (2015 - 2017)
  • 2007 - Bachelor of Science, First Class, BSc Hons, Zoology with Marine Zoology (School of Biological Sciences), Bangor University (2004 - 2007)

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