Miss Alison Paul

Miss Alison Paul

Senior Curator, Pteridophytes

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Plants Division
Contact: email


Ferns; curation; collections management; integrated pest management.


I am responsible for the management and development of the Museum’s collection of ferns and lycophytes. Comprising approx. 340,000 specimens, spanning almost four centuries and with global coverage, it is one of the world’s largest and most important pteridophyte collections. I also co-ordinate Integrated Pest Management for the NHM's botanical collections.



BSc (Hons) Horticultural Botany, The University of Reading, United Kingdom, 1974 - 1978

Employment history


Senior Curator, Pteridophytes, The Natural History Museum, Botany Department (Life Sciences from 2013), England, 2007 - ongoing

Curator of Pteridophytes, The Natural History Museum, Botany, England, 1991 - 2007

Scientific Officer, Fern Section, The Natural History Museum, Botany, England, 1983 - 1991

Assistant Scientific Officer, Fern Section, British Museum (Natural History), Botany, England, 1979 - 1983


PAUL AM (2010) Living Walls. Pteridologist, 5 : 151 - 152.

PAUL AM (2010) Honorary membership citation - John Woodhams. British Pteridological Society Bulletin, 7 : 184 - 185.

STAFFORD PJ, PAUL AM (2009) The Northwest European Pollen Flora, 69: Ophioglossaceae. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 157 : 2 - 21. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2008.12.002

PAUL AM (2003) New Zealand Ferns and Allied Plants by P.J. Brownsey & J.C. Smith-Dodsworth. Pteridologist, 4

PAUL AM (2003) The Natural History Museum’s botanical collections - a conservation resource; the rare & endangered British plants database project. [Poster]. , Dyer AF, Sheffield E, Wardlaw AC, Proceedings of the International Symposium: Fern Flora Worldwide, Threats and Responses, Abstracts.. The Fern Gazette 16: 442-443. Guildford, UK, 2001.

RUMSEY FJ, VOGEL JC, JERMY AC, PAUL AM, RUSSELL SJ, Simpson KA, Barrett JA, Lockton A, Gibby M (2003) Conserving the fen buckler fern (Dryopteris cristata L.) in the British Isles. [Poster abstract]. , Dyer AF, Sheffield E, Wardlaw AC, Proceedings of the International Symposium: Fern Flora Worldwide, Threats and Responses, Guildford, UK, 2001.. The Fern Gazette 16.

Gibby M, Paul AM (1994) Pteridophyta. In: Flora of Madeira. , Press JR, Short M, Turland NJ, Flora of Madeira.. The Stationery Office/Tso.

Jermy AC, Paul AM (1993) Revision of accounts of 8 pteridophyte genera. In: Flora Europaea. , Tutin TG, et al. , Flora Europaea.. Cambridge University Press.

Derrick LN, Jermy AC, Paul AM (1987) Checklist of European Pteridophytes. Sommerfeltia, 6

Paul AM (1987) The status of Ophioglossum azoricum (Ophioglossaceae: Pteridophyta) in the British Isles. Fern Gazette, 13 (3): 173 - 187.