About Me

Research  ~  Blog

I’m Dr Tori Herridge, an evolutionary biologist and Daphne Jackson Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum in London. tori-herridge-018-081214.jpg

My research addresses big evolutionary and environmental questions using a broad range of lab and field methods, all underpinned by the rich fossil record from the Quaternary Period (aka “The Ice Age”). I am an expert on fossil elephants, particularly those species which lived in Europe during the Ice Age: mammoths and straight-tusked elephants.

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 instagram.

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

I also make TV programmes: Ice Age: Return of the Mammoth? (Channel 4/Science Channel), Woolly Mammoth The Autopsy (Channel 4/Smithsonian), T. rex Autopsy (National Geographic), Hannibal’s Elephant Army (Channel 4/PBS), as well as the series Bone Detectives, Britain at Low Tide, and Walking Through Time for Channel 4.


Bone Detectives, Channel 4. With Carla Valentine (left) and Raksha Dave (right)

I present the Natural History Museum’s podcast Wild Crimes. New episodes weekly — subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!

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


Wild Crimes, the new Natural History Museum Podcast.


If you want to get in touch, 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, 2016

      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, 2016

      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. NEIL2629@BTINTERNET.COM. · October 1, 2016

    Fantastic programme.
    Well done.


  4. Andrew Livesey. · October 1, 2016

    Just seen your recent (today) Mammoth programme, loved it, and last weeks Scottish Asteroid, a great bit of research and so well presented.

    I recently visited the NHM as a guest of Caroline Smith as my hobby is Meteorites and Astronomy, I wanted to see all the Meteorite falls ever recorded as ‘finds’ in the UK, Caroline and Natasha treated us all so well.
    We look forward to seeing you more often on TV (more Meteorites please) !!

    Best wishes,

    Andrew Livesey and family,


  5. SMcCandlish · October 14, 2016

    Enjoyed ‘Walking Through Time’ quite a lot. You’re a very engaging narrator, and make the sandstone and glacial boulders sound as exciting as pliosaurs and mastodons. Since that series was all but dominated by geology, it would be interesting to see you do one more tightly focused on paleontology, given the chance. I’ve not seen the two “Autopsy’ episodes yet. (For my part, I’m an anthropologist by training, but a systems and network engineer, and a technical and activism writer, by profession. Have half an idea of going to grad school in genetics and/or computational biology, to work on sequencing cat genomes, though it would require a lot of undergrad catch-up work; my anthro degree is on the cultural not physical side.) Anyway, glad to have made your one-way televised acquaintance.


  6. Mark Bourner · November 19, 2016

    Liked Britain at Low Tide. Nice to see a different take on archaeology,especially being a lover of the coast. So much publicity of the rest of the world, yet so much of interest right here at home to explore. Love to see more.


  7. Harry Wright · November 20, 2016

    I’ve just watched the first episode of “Britain at Low Tide” and I am totally hooked! As a history graduate, I try to watch as many programmes on history and history related topics as possible. What I find most positive though is the number of female historians and related specialists now presenting television programmes. Lucy Worsley, Suzannah Lipscomb, Alice Roberts, Kate Williams, Bettany Hughes, Janina Ramirez, and yourself among them. Although academics, the presentation styles mean that history is no longer perceived as a ‘dry and boring list of Kings and Queens’. I am looking forward to Episode 2, and hope that we will see much more of you on our screens.


  8. Richard Hemus · April 29, 2017

    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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  9. Peter Twycross · April 4, 2018

    Just finished watching the whole series of ‘Britain at Low Tide’…amazing!! I live in Weymouth and work in Portland dockyard on the Jurassic coast, so am very familiar with the tidal ‘reveals’ when the water goes out 🙂
    I think my favorite was the Severn estuary. I went to watch the Severn Bore one time, what an amazing trick of nature that is! Hope you’ll make more of these programmes. Thank you.


  10. swiftandskein · September 29, 2018

    Please share the names of the knitting patterns for your wonderful cardigans and jumpers worn in Britain at Low Tide. My entire knit group are talking about you! Great programme, so interesting and engaging. Cat x


    • toriherridge · February 20, 2019

      thanks Cat! I wish i had the knitting patterns, because I love knitting (though I am S…L…O…W…!). But sadly I bought these when I was on holiday in Iceland, and they are my favourite things to wear in the world, and — thanks to their magical norse temperature regulating properties — just happen to be super convenient for wearing on outdoor shoots, where weather can switch from chilly to scorching in a matter of minutes.


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