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Susannah Lydon

Outreach Officer, Faculty of Science



Dr Lydon is Admissions Tutor for Plant Science, and co-ordinates outreach activities within the School of Biosciences. She is the Outreach Officer for the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology, and co-ordinator of the UK Plant Phenomics Network. She gained her PhD in Palaeobotany at the University of Manchester, and undertook postdoctoral research in biodiversity informatics (at Manchester) and Earth science education (at Keele) before joining the School of Biosciences in 2007.

Expertise Summary

Science communication, palaeobotany, teaching & learning in Earth & plant sciences.

Teaching Summary

Dr Lydon teaches science communication to undergraduate students within the School of Biosciences.

She also co-ordinates the School of Biosciences Undergraduate Ambassadorial Scheme, which enables undergraduates to undertake their final year research project as a school-based placement.

Dr Lydon is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Summary

Dr Lydon is interested in using the plant fossil record to reconstruct past ecosystems.

Selected Publications

  • LYDON, S.J. and KING, C., 2009. Can a single, short continuing professional development workshop cause change in the classroom? Professional Development in Education. 35, 63-82
  • KING, C. and LYDON, S.J., 2007. Educating science teachers in earth science teaching: the Earth Science Education Unit initiative in England and Wales, and its transfer to Scotland Geographie und ihre Didactik (Journal of Geography Education). 35, 272-286
  • WOOD, M. M., LYDON, S. J., TABLAN, V., MAYNARD, D. and CUNNINGHAM, H., 2004. Populating a Database from Parallel Texts Using Ontology-Based Information Extraction Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 3136, 254-264
  • WOOD, M. M., LYDON, S. J., TABLAN, V., MAYNARD, D. and CUNNINGHAM, H., 2004. Using parallel texts to improve recall in botany Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science series 4: Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing III. VOL 260, 237-246
  • GE, S., LYDON, S. J. and WATSON, J., 2003. Sphenobaiera ikorfatensis (Seward) Florin from the Lower Cretaceous of Huolinhe, eastern Inner Mongolia, China Palaeontology. VOL 46(PART 2), 423-430
  • LYDON, S. J., WOOD, M. M., HUXLEY, R. and SUTTON, D., 2003. Data patterns in multiple botanical descriptions: implications for automatic processing of legacy data Systematics and Biodiversity. 1(2), 151-158
  • LYDON, S. J., WATSON, J. and HARRISON, N. A., 2003. The lectotype of Sphenobaiera ikorfatensis (Seward) Florin, a ginkgophyte from the Lower Cretaceous of western Greenland Palaeontology. VOL 46(PART 2), 413-422
  • WATSON, J., LYDON, S. J. and HARRISON, N. A., 2001. A revision of the English Wealden Flora, III: Czekanowskiales, Ginkgoales & allied Coniferales Bulletin of the Natural History Museum (Geology Series). 57(1), 29-82
  • WATSON, J., LYDON, S. J. and HARRISON, N. A., 1999. Consideration of the genus Ginkgoites Seward and a redescription of two species from the Lower Cretaceous of Germany Cretaceous Research. 20(6), 719-734

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