Since joining the Jurassic Coast Team in 2009 as Earth Science Adviser, Sam Scriven has had input into a great many aspects of the team’s work with a focus on the conservation of the World Heritage Site, developing interpretation and co-ordinating involvement with events. Sam’s work has also taken him away from the coast where he assists in the monitoring and conservation of important geological sites inland. He has been Acting Earth Science Manager since July 2015.
Sam grew up only a few miles away from the Jurassic Coast and it is where he developed his interest in geology and fossils. After gaining a Masters in Geology from the University of Plymouth, he worked as assistant warden and geologist at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre for four years. The experience he gained there in geological interpretation led him on to the position of Earth Science Adviser for the Jurassic Coast. He has always been determined to work in geological conservation and interpretation and feels privileged to be able to work along the coastline that he loves and that inspired him to study geology in the first place.
Outside work Sam plays the piano, reads and goes for the occasional long walk. He is also a self-confessed sci-fi nerd and spends too much time on his Xbox One.
Sam Scriven’s Jurassic Coast hotspot
‘In between Bowleaze and Ringstead, especially the coast path. It’s where I went fossil hunting as a child in the winter and spent many lazy days rookpooling in the summer. It has all kinds of funny nooks and crannies and, of course, a nice pub.’