Welcome to Green Tea and Velociraptors, home of Dr. Jon Tennant.
I completed my PhD in January 2017 at Imperial College London in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering, where I was awarded the Janet Watson award for research excellence. I’m a Palaeontologist by training, which means I know all the ‘Ross from Friends’ jokes, and yes, I do work on dinosaurs. My scientific research focuses on patterns of biodiversity and extinction in deep time, and the biological, geological and environmental controls of these patterns. Apparently, I seem to have also developed a keen interest in the evolutionary history of crocodiles and their ancestors.
As of the beginning of 2018, I have gone rogue/independent, and spend my time doing a combination of research, talks/workshops, travel, scientific communication and consultancy, and working on my own projects.
Science for society
I am extremely passionate about science communication and public access to scientific knowledge. I’m also deeply interested in current trends in open science, and have published research papers on open access and peer review.
As part of this, my major activities include:
- Founder of the preprint server, paleorXiv (companion website).
- Founder of the Open Science MOOC.
- Founder of the MetaPaleo research project.
- Author of kids book Excavate Dinosaurs and World of Dinosaurs (coming 2018).
- Executive Editor of the OA journal Geoscience Communication (press release).
- A freelance science writer and consultant.
- Community Editor for PLOS Paleo.
- Runner of the Open Science subreddit.
- Drafting Committee for the Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development.
- Co-developer of the Open Research Glossary (Right to Research Coalition) (Software Carpentry).
- Co-author of the Open Science Training Handbook.
- Co-organiser of Berlin Open Science Meetup (Nature News).
- ASAPbio Ambassador, Center for Open Science Ambassador, Mozilla Open Leadership Cohort Mentor, Figshare ambassador, Guaana Advisor (blog post), ScienceMatters scientific and technical advisor, Blockchain for Science scientific advisor, Project Aiur advisor.
- Lead author of published review on academic, societal and economic case for Open Access and another on the future of peer review.
I was also the Communications Director for ScienceOpen from Jan 2016 – Dec 2017.
On this website, you can find a list of my science communication activities, my current research interests, and activities in the open science realm. You can also find a comprehensive list of my research publications here, all of which are Open Access. Code to add and analyse citation and Altmetric data is also provided here.
Thoughts on this site are my own and do not reflect those of my employers.
Header image credit: Heidi Arnhold