Principal Curator of Earth Systems
Rachel Walcott is the head of the Earth Systems section.
Dr Walcott started her academic career at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand where she gained a BSc(hons) and a research Masters in geology and geophysics. After working in Canada and the UK, she went on to do a PhD in structural geology at Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands. This was followed by a postdoc at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie, Paris and two Research Fellowships at the University of Edinburgh in tectonic geomorphology, the study of surface processes.
Dr Walcott’s personal research has been focussed on the role that tectonic processes have on our environment, in particular river systems. Since joining National Museums Scotland she has also developed an interest in the roles of environment on mineral morphology.
Her professional roles include Chair of the Earth Science Group, CETAF; Chair of the GeoCASE focus group, CETAF; Treasurer of the Geological Curators Group; member National Geological Repository Advisory Board and Ordinary member, Edinburgh Geological Society. She sits on the Editorial Board of Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is an Honorary Fellow of the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. Memberships include Fellowship of the Geological Society of London and the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain.
For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.
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