Barry Thomas
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Research interests

My main area of research is in Carboniferous palaeobotany especially the taxonomy, geographic and stratigraphic distribution and ecology of the lycophytes and calamites. I am a participant of of IGCP 575: Pennsylvanian terrestrial habitats and biotas of southeastern Euramerica. My other research interests are geoconservation (currently working at a Carboniferous exposure (GCR and SSSI) at Brymbo, Wrexham) and living pteridophytes.


  • Lord Adams Research Fellow (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)
  • Head of Life Sciences & Dean of Science and Mathematics, Goldsmiths' College, London. Keeper of Botany, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Professor, Geography department, University College Lampeter.
  • Lecturer, Cape Coast University Ghana
  • Research Fellow of the National Museum of Wales.
  • Winstone Churchill Felllow 1995
  • Trustee of: the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, British Institute for Geological Conservation, Pensions Committee of the National Museum of Wales.
  • Member of the Advisory Group to the National Library.
  • Past President of the British Pteridological Society.
  • Lead member for long term conservation and interpretation of a Carboniferous plant fossil site at Brymbo, Wrexham.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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