Professor Anjali Goswami is Research Leader in Palaeobiology and Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Natural History Museum, London and Honorary Professor of Palaeobiology at University College London. She is the President of the Linnean Society of London, the first person of colour elected to this role in its 235-year history.
She completed a joint BSc with High Honours in Geological and Biological Sciences from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago, then moved to the UK to take up a United States National Science Foundation Research Fellowship at the Natural History Museum. She then spent ten years in academic posts at the University of Cambridge and then University College London before returning to the museum in 2017.
Her expertise is in vertebrate evolution and development, particularly using high-resolution 3D images of specimens to quantify and reconstruct the evolution of biodiversity and understand how development, ecology and large-scale environmental effects have shaped animal evolution through deep time. She has published more than 130 scientific papers on the evolution of different groups from insects to dinosaurs, but her main interest is in the evolution of mammals. She has searched for fossils all over the world, from Svalbard to Madagascar, and currently leads expeditions in Argentina and India.
Anjali also created and manages www.phenome10k.org
, a free online database for 3D biological images for use in research and education.