Dr Sarah C King

Dr Sarah C King

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Honorary Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Sarah King is an expert in the biogeography of late Palaeozoic wetland plant communities from the ancient European and Chinese landmasses. Her research covers ecological, evolutionary and migrational processes, as well as the quality of the fossil record. She is also interested in the accessibility and utility of geological and natural history museum collections, both to academic researchers and the public, and currently works at Yorkshire Museum, as a Collections Facilitator for Natural Science.


PhD Palaeobotany (2012)
MSc (with distinction) Palaeobiology (2008)
MSci Geoscience (1st class hons; 2003)


Teaching assistance (demonstrating, marking, feedback) on a range of undergraduate courses including:

  • Mapping skills
  • Mineralogy
  • Sedimentology
  • Field skills (10 day residential course in Pembrokeshire)

Other activities

Employed at Yorkshire Museum. Previous to this, volunteering at several museums, including the Lapworth Museum of Geology, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, and the National Museum, Wales. Work has including consultancy on fossil redisplays, outreach activities, documentation and preventative conservation. Cataloguing the natural history collections of Thinktank (Birmingham science museum).

Co-organiser of Progressive Palaeontology and the Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting (both 2009).

Membership of:

  • The Geological Society of London (Fellow)
  • The Palaeontological Association
  • The Paleontological Society
  • Museums Association
  • Natural Sciences Collections Association
  • Geological Curators’ Group


Recent publications


King, S, Cleal, CJ & Hilton, J 2011, 'Common ground between two British Pennsylvanian wetland floras: Using large, first-hand datasets to assess utility of historical museum collections', Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, vol. 308, no. 3-4, pp. 405-417. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.05.048