About Me

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I’m Dr Tori Herridge, a palaeobiologist at the Natural History Museum in London. I specialise in fossil elephants, particularly those species which lived in Europe during the Ice Age: mammoths and straight-tusked elephants.

My research focuses on the evolution of dwarf elephants — sadly now extinct — on Mediterranean islands.

I’m the co-founder of TrowelBlazers, an organisation dedicated to telling the stories of pioneering women in palaeontology, geology and archaeology, and addressing gender disparity in these fields today. See trowelblazers.com, or join TeamTB (me, Suzie, Brenna & Becky) and the rest of the TrowelBlazers community on twitter, facebook and tumblr.

Plus, I am the co-founder and joint Editor-in-Chief of the brand new #openaccess scientific journal Open Quaternary. Submit your papers here, and read our blog.

I have made a few TV programmes (Woolly Mammoth: The Autopsy, Dino Autopsy — there’s a theme emerging). My latest are Walking Through Time and Britain at Low Tide for Channel 4. They don’t feature any autopsies.

Oh, and I’m writing a book for Bloomsbury Sigma. It’s called the World’s Smallest Mammoth. It’s a bit of a work in progress at the moment, I must admit.

You can find me on twitter as @ToriHerridge, and keep up with what I’m up to on my Blog and Events pages on this website.


For non-academic talk requests and media enquiries please contact Aoife Rice at United Agents — email arice@unitedagents.co.uk. Otherwise fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can:


  1. Andrew Bond · September 24, 2016

    Very much enjoying your programme ‘Walking Through Time’. Reminds me alot of previous fieldwork to Oban and the Lake District, studying the Lewisian and Torridonian lithologies.

    As a third year geologist with connections to the Natural History Museum I also deeply appreciate that you’re a palaeobiologist, particularly as I hope to go into Invertebrate Palaeontology specialising in Arthropods.

    It’s great to see Geology and Palaeontology being represented and publicised. Especially for today’s youth.

    Keep up the great work.


    • toriherridge · September 30

      Thanks Andrew! Good luck with your degree and career — sounds like you are doing all the right things!


  2. Beverley Ballin Smith · September 26, 2016

    Just wanted to say that your programme ‘Walking Through Time: Scotland’s Lost Asteroid’ was about the best thing we had seen on tv for a while. It was also a brilliant piece of research, lab and fieldwork by Amor and Simms and others to join up the evidence. Thanks for the links to the published information.


    • toriherridge · September 30

      Thanks Beverley! So glad you enjoyed the programme. And I totally agree about Ken and Mike — so chuffed I got to share their research more widely, as it deserves to be widely applauded!


  3. Richard Hemus · April 29

    I must have missed it first time over. ( Scotlands lost Asteroid )….I’ve watched on Channel 4 + 1. Absolutely fascinating. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

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