Mr Chris Hughes
Curatorial Assistant, DIF CC ProjectDepartment: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Collections
Brachiopoda, Collections logistics and surveys, Mollusca
I am currently working on a collections relocation and refurbishment project, which involves organising the moving of three large scientifically important collections, including the Ichthyosauria, Plesiosauria and the prehistoric Amphibians. To do this I completed a collection survey on drawer and shelved specimens, mapping and evaluating each according to possible weight, size, and delicacy of the specimen or movability complications. The relocation of the prehistoric Amphibians to another aspect of the collection was carried out by myself as well as the moving of the small and medium sized slabs which include many footprints. The packing of the specimens either on shelves or within drawers is also being carried out by me; this includes coordinating the volunteers and other members of staff that will be working on the project as well. Previous roles at the museum have also included completing a survey of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic Brachiopod collection so that it could be utilised for future studies. This involved looking at specimen quality and completeness and also recording their stratigraphic and geographic information. A small digital project was then carried out on a section of the collection where each specimen was photographed in different orientations then measured and weighed.
MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity, Imperial College London, London, London, 2013 - 2014
BSc Zoology, Queen Mary University of London, London, London, 2009 - 2012
Williams ST, Foster PG, Hughes C, Harper EM, Taylor JD, Littlewood DTJ, Dyal P, Hopkins KP, Briscoe AG (2017) Curious bivalves: Systematic utility and unusual properties of anomalodesmatan mitochondrial genomes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 110 : 60 - 72. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.03.004
Hughes ZE, Hughes C, Twitchett RJ, Johnson K (2016) Exploring and Enhancing the Potential of the Post-Palaeozoic Brachiopod Collections at the Natural History Museum. Presented at 60th Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting 14-17 December 2016, Lyon..
Pye F, Dunhill AM, Hughes ZE, Hughes C, Twitchett RJ (2016) Survival of the Smallest? Trends in Brachiopod size across the end Triassic mass extinction.. Presented at Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting.
Nature LIve: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 9/8/2016