Will Richardson

I am so excited to work as a Research Assistant at UCC. I've always wanted to learn about natural science, my favourite subjects being Palaeontology, Biology and Geology. My work and research topics reflect my wide interests; Investigating depositional environments, bone preservation potential and mammalian biomechanics have all been fascinating paths of research. A big motivation of mine is to share my knowledge and experience with others, I was a geological tour guide in Iceland for one year and I now help in delivering workshops about Irish fossils. I plan to partake in PhD research in the near future. My passion has brought me a long way and I am always looking to learn more!


  • “Does a Taxonomic Identification Bias Affect Diversity Analyses on Dinosaurs?” The Palaeontology Newsletter 96, Page 94-97 (2017)


  • Jan 2023 - present: Research assistant at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • Sept 2021 - Sept 2022: Lava Cave tour guide at The Cave Víðgelmir, Borgarfjörður, Iceland.
  • Sept 2020 - Dec 2021: MSc Palaeobiology at the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Thesis: "Investigating Correlations Between Body Size, Face Length and Forelimb Mobility in Mammals".
  • Sept 2015 - Aug 2018: BSc Geology at the University of Brighton. Thesis: "Reviewing the Palaeozic Depositional Environments of the Isle of Arran".

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