Dr Beardmore studied an undergraduate degree in geology (MGeol) at the University of Leicester (1999-2003) and an MSc in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol (2006-2007). From 2008-2012, she was based at University College Dublin, Ireland, for PhD level research on the skeletal preservation of Mesozoic marine reptiles, developing a semi-quantitative method of assessing articulation and completeness of fossilised remains. This methodology was applied, notably, to the Middle Triassic reptiles from Monte San Giorgio on the Switzerland-Italy border. Although sites on the mountain are still being excavated for fossils most of the material used in the study is housed in Paleontologische Institute und Museum der Universität, Zurich. The use of the methodology in assessing vertebrate remains, the surrounding environmental conditions at the time and the palaeoecology of specific taxa (such as the strange long-necked protorosaur Tanystropheus) have been explored in several collaborative scientific publications.
Dr Beardmore has also assisted the Fossil Museum in Meride, on Monte San Giorgio, with several public engagement projects, for example, translating and editing German text for temporary exhibitions, the museum website, audio guide scripts, and interpretive signs both inside the building and outside at points of geological interest on walking routes across the mountain.
Previous employment roles have included development of the Recognised Collection (geology) at Elgin Museum, Moray (2014-2015), and earth collection move projects at Oxford University Museum of Natural History (2017-2019). Dr Beardmore has additional collection experience as a volunteer at the Ludlow Library and Museum Resource Centre (2004-2007). She has also been a volunteer at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City, since 2003 and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado, since 2013, annually participating in remote field work to recover vertebrates from Triassic (Berlin Ichthyosaur State Park, Nevada; Lisbon Valley, Utah) and Cretaceous (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah; Bisti Wilderness area, New Mexico) rocks.
She is now working on a two-year John Ellerman Foundation project to investigate Natural Sciences collections in museums throughout Scotland, with an emphasis on the fossil collections.