Dr Jess Franklin

I am the science engagement officer for Ireland’s Fossil Heritage. I completed my PhD in geology at the National University of Ireland, Galway with a specific focus on the origins of sedimentary rocks in the ancient past. I am is fascinated with the natural world and want to know more about how it formed and how it changes through time. As a science engagement officer, I hope to inspire others to become curious about the ground beneath their feet.

"Rocks tell the story of our planet, I love that no matter where you go in the world you can read the landscape and understand a part of its epic tale."


  • Franklin, J., Henry, T., Kindermann, G., Carlin, C., 2021. Trust and Perception: Key Challenges Facing Geoscientists in Practice and in Irish Society. Irish Journal of Earth Sciences, 39, pp. 29-45. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3318/ijes.2021.39.2.
  • Franklin, J., Tyrrell, S., O'Sullivan, G., Nauton-Fourteu, M., Raine, R., 2020. Provenance of Triassic sandstones in the basins of Northern Ireland—Implications for NW European Triassic palaeodrainage. Geological Journal55 (7), pp. 5432-5450. DOI: 10.1002/gj.3697.
  • Franklin, J., Tyrrell, S., Morton, A., Frei, D., Mark, C., 2019. Triassic sand supply to the Slyne basin, offshore western Ireland – new insights from a multi-proxy provenance approach. Journal of the Geological Society176(6), pp. 1120-1135. DOI: 10.1144/jgs2019-085.

Maria McNamara Research Group

Experimental and analytical taphonomy

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork (UCC), Butler Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30, Ireland