Simon Darroch attended St Cuthbert's Society, graduating in 2005 with a degree in Geology. While at Durham he played rugby and cricket, and delivered what is thought to be the least convincing turn as Sir Richard Ratcliffe (a minor character in Shakespeare’s Richard III) in the University theatre group’s recorded history.
Following Durham, Simon fled to Japan where he ended up getting an MSc in Paleobiology at Tokyo University. After a brief stint working for Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands, Simon found his true calling as a geobiologist, obtaining his PhD from Yale University in 2015.
Simon is currently as Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University. He lives in Nashville TN with his wife Dr Rachel Racicot, and is extremely happy about it.