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Graham Charles Styles
DOB: 10 September 1971
Full Online CV:

9 Beacon Hill
Phone: (01342) 832285



Computer Skills: I have had much experience with general applications such as Microsoft Office and have frequently used Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access for the presentation of work, collections management and the manipulation of data. I am also more than familiar with email software such as Outlook and Pegasus, desktop publishing with Paint Shop Pro and Publisher and over the past few years have taught myself web design and programming to a competent level using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. At times I have used more specialised graphic design software such as POV-Raytracing and geological software including Stratabugs.

Communication skills: I am confident in verbal communication skills, having given numerous presentations to seminar groups both at Sheffield and Portsmouth University. I work well within groups and have developed good interpersonal skills leading mapping teams and contributing to class seminars
  I have also developed excellent written and visual communication skills having submitted many essays and reports during my education and employment. I have also presented work in a variety of media including web-based and poster formats.

Organisational skills: I am systematic and competent in work in which I undertake, having worked within an office enviroment both recently and some years previously. I have managed complete processing projects as a geophysicist and mapping teams during university fieldwork. Whilst employed as a geophysicist I often trained new employees in data processing and analysis. I have also prepared, curated and databased my own, museum and university palaeontological collections.

Research skills: As a result of my degree, notably my dissertation, other studies and employment, I am an experienced and competent researcher, both in the field and using analytical techniques, literature and media resources such as the Internet.


Museum Assistant
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery - February 2003 to 2004
  Since February of last year I have often spent a few days per week working on the Natural History collections and new gallery of Maidstone Museum with Prof. Ed Jarzembowski. I have been involved in the curation, cataloguing and verification of specimens, updating the collections database, remedial work on damaged specimens, preparation and conservation of much material from Aylesford, East Peckham and the Fremlin’s Walk Development, Maidstone.
  My work in Maidstone has undoubtedly given me valuable hands-on experience in collections administration, management, preparation and conservation of specimens and of working within the museums environment.

Agency Employment
New Appointments Group, Maidstone – Early 2004
 Earlier this year I undertook some administrative agency work alongside my work at Maidstone Museum. This entailed temporary jobs for private companies and also Kent County Council. Duties included preparation and packing of catalogues for distrubution, record documentation, data entry, filing and other general administrative tasks.
 I have also in the past worked for other agencies, primarily when a student, and took on a wide variety of manual, warehousing and mailroom jobs

Gardening Business
S.E. Surrey and Sheffield - Intermittently to Present
  Having established and kept a client base in my local area, I have often run my own gardening business to earn a good income at many times and also part-time when a student.

MSc Palynology
University of Sheffield - Autumn 2000 to Summer 2001
  Postgraduate course in the study of fossil pollen and it’s application to the petroleum industry.
  Although completing and passing the taught component of this course, I withdrew before completion as I felt that a career in palynology was not my most suitable course of action.

BSc (Hons) Palaeobiology and Evolution
University of Portsmouth (Upper Second Class Honours) - Autumn 1997 to Summer 2000
Degree course in the study of fossils, extinct life and the processes of evolution. The course had a wide-ranging area of study in the fields of geology, biology, ecology and earth history. A great amount of fieldwork was undertaken both in the UK and further afield in Europe.

 My final year dissertation covered working and disused clay pits in the Weald Clay of Surrey and Sussex and also detailed the discovery of a small dinosaur from Horsham. This has received much professional interest, has been archived at Booth Museum of Natural History [Brighton] and has been published online.

Assistant Geophysicist
Digital Exploration Ltd, East Grinstead, W. Sussex - October 1990 to December 1992
  A data processing company producing seismic sections on contract from various major clients in the petroleum industry. My position entailed processing data from seismic surveys, applying numerous software treatments and producing finished sections. Whilst working at the company I gained more and more responsibility and eventually personally managed the processing of a survey project contracted from Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. I also learnt computer programming from the company network and taught myself to build databases for each project and to write programs producing batch files, improving the efficiency of the various processing techniques.

Secondary School Education
Oxted County School, Surrey - Autumn 1984 to Summer 1990
  Two ‘A’ Levels (Geology and Physics) and eight GCSEs (Maths, Physics, Geology, Geography, History, Art, Biology and English).




Prof. Edmund Jarzembowski
Keeper of Natural History
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery,
St. Faith’s Street,
ME14 1LH
Tel: 01622 754497

Dr. Michael J. Barker
(Dissertation supervisor/Lecturer)
School of Earth, Environmental and Physical Sciences,
University of Portsmouth,
Burnaby Building,
Burnaby Road,
Tel: 023 92 842245

Dr. David M. Martill
School of Earth, Environmental and Physical Sciences,
University of Portsmouth,
Burnaby Building,
Burnaby Road,
Tel: 023 92 842256