Mr. President, fellow SEG members, and guests: It is a great honor for me to accept the Silver Medal from SEG, and I would like to express my appreciation to my nominators, and especially Rui Wang — we are sorry he cannot be here to give his citation speech, but I thank Jeff Hedenquist for reading it out for us.

I would also like to give credit to my early career mentors, Ed Spooner, Ian Campbell, Rob Kerrich, and my Yorkshire grandma for introducing me to Carboniferous fossils and Pb deposits as a young child—the sparkly stuff won out over...

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