Peter Allison grew up in the North East of England and developed a passion for the natural world at a young age. Like many of his generation he was inspired by David Attenborough’s TV program, “Life on Earth” and decided to study Geology at the University of Hull. Following a brief spell as a Journalist from 1983-1984 he went back to University in 1984 to study for a PhD in field of palaeontology.
After graduating in 1987 he spent a year as a Post-Doctoral Associate in a marine biology Laboratory at the University of washington followed by a year working at the University of Kochi in Japan. His first full time post was at the University of Reading (1989-1996) but he moved to Imperial College in 1997 where he has worked ever since. His research is focussed on understanding how geologically ancient environments affected the organisms that lived within them. He is a passionate educator and believes in the enabling power of education.