Dr Liz Harper


Director of Studies and Special Supervisor

College Jobs

  • Director of Studies, Natural Sciences: Physical (Parts IB, II & III Earth Sciences)
  • Special Supervisor, Earth Sciences

University Jobs

  • Associate University Lecturer in Department of Earth Sciences
  • Curator of the Sidgwick Museum


Telephone: 01223 332846

Email: emh21@cam.ac.uk


I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Geological Sciences in which I specialized in Part II in Palaeobiology. I moved to the Open University in Milton Keynes to explore how oysters attach to hard surfaces, a combination of biology and mineralogy, before returning to Cambridge first as Research Fellow at Caius and then a Royal Society Research Fellow, before finally becoming a College Lecturer. I lecture in the Department of Earth Sciences and am an Honorary Fellow of the British Arctic Survey.

Research Interests

I use a range of zoological and palaeontological techniques to unravel the intrinsic and extrinsic controls that have shaped evolution. I am particularly interested in biomineralization and am currently very involved in looking at the impact of ocean acidification on shelled organisms.