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Ms Vicky Coules

Ms Vicky Coules

Ms Vicky Coules

Area of research

VISUALISING THE DINOSAUR: An investigation into how palaeontologists draw on the visual arts and artists to bring dinosaurs to life, and how these visual representations inform public perception and understanding of science. Supervisors: Dr Lucy Donkin (History of Art); Professor Mike Benton (Palaeontology).

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Bristol, BS8 1UL
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Research summary

Images of dinosaurs have proliferated since their discovery in the 19th century and, more than any other science, palaeontology relies on the visual arts to depict its new discoveries. Yet dinosaurs are so popular that ever since the first dinosaurs were displayed to the public, a tension arose between two opposing needs – that of entertainment and marketing, and scientific accuracy. My research investigates this relationship; enquiring how scientists use artists to understand their own discoveries, visualise their living animals and promote their work to the public, and how much visual artists interact with palaeontologists to authenticate their visualisations ...

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I come to the PhD from a twenty-year period of writing proposals, stories and v/o scripts for natural history and science documentaries, and the PhD is part time as I am still involved in the media.

I have a diverse background, including my MA in ‘Art, Media and Design (Fine Art)’ from UWE, which, although practice (painting) led, involved theoretical aspects of cultural studies, critical theory and history of art.

Prior to my media work, I took a PGCE in teaching maths with physics, then spent 12 years teaching maths and physics to not-always-very-receptive teenagers. My first degree ...

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