Mr Douglas Russell

Mr Douglas Russell

Senior Curator, Birds

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

Vertebrates, Birds

Douglas Russell, Hendrik Van GrouwJoanne CooperJudith WhiteMark Adams

Specialisms

eggs nests curation risotto

Summary

I am responsible for the curation of the national avian egg and nest collections as part of the team of bird group curators in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum (NHM). In the egg and nest collection I am responsible for all aspects of curatorial care including, visitors, enquiries, documentation and research on the collections to enhance their data. The NHM egg collection is one of the largest resources of its kind in the world. Containing over 300,000 clutches the collection is regularly used by scientific researchers from across the globe. The NHM Nest Collection contains over 4000 examples. This unique collection is an intimate record of behaviour and an important research resource on avian architecture.

Qualifications

Degrees

Biological Sciences (Hons), Napier University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1990 - 1995

Employment history

Academic

Senior Curator, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2012 - ongoing

Curator, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2002 - 2012

Project Co-ordinator (Natural History), Wood End Museum, Department of Tourism & Leisure, United Kingdom, 1999 - 2001

Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, Departement of Zoology, United Kingdom, 1998 - 1999

Scientific Officer, Deer Commission for Scotland, United Kingdom, 1997 - 1997

Professional Assistant on Birds, Royal Museum of Scotland, Department of Geology & Zoology, United Kingdom, 1996 - 1997

Publications

Brulez K, Mikšík I, Cooney CR, Hauber ME, Lovell PG, Maurer G, Portugal SJ, Russell D, Reynolds SJ, Cassey P (2016) Eggshell pigment composition covaries with phylogeny but not with life history or with nesting ecology traits of British passerines. Ecology and Evolution, 6 (6) : 1637 - 1645. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1960

Maurer G, Portugal SJ, Hauber ME, Mikšík I, Russell DGD, Cassey P (2015) First light for avian embryos: eggshell thickness and pigmentation mediate variation in development and UV exposure in wild bird eggs. Functional Ecology, 29 (2) : 209 - 218. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12314

Prys-jones RP, Russell DGD, Wright S (2014) Rediscovery of the syntypes of California Quail Tetrao californicus Shaw, 1798, and comments on the current labelling of the holotype of California Condor Vultur californianus Shaw, 1797. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 134 : 286 - 290.

Russell DGD, Hansell M, Reilly M (2013) Bird nests in museum collections: a rich resource for research. Avian Biology Research, 6 (2) : 178 - 182. doi: 10.3184/175815513X13613786679359

Russell D (2013) Dr George Murray Levick (1876-1956): unpublished notes on the sexual habits of the Adélie Penguin. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 133 : 2 - 3.

Russell DGD, Sladen WJL, Ainley DG (2012) Dr. George Murray Levick (1876–1956): unpublished notes on the sexual habits of the Adélie penguin. Polar Record, 48 (04) : 387 - 393. doi: 10.1017/S0032247412000216

Russell D (2011) Con artist or unfairly maligned collector? - the rediscovery of William Farren's Black Woodpecker eggs from the New Forest. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 131 :

Maurer G, Russell DGD, Cassey P (2010) Interpreting the lists and equations of egg dimensions in Schönwetter’s Handbuch der Oologie. The Auk, 127 : 940 - 947.

Maurer G, Russell DGD, Woog F, Cassey P (2010) The eggs of the extinct Egyptian population of White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla.. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 130 : 208 - 214.

Russell DGD, Hansell M, Reilly M (2010) Constructive behaviour: developing a UK nest collection resource. Bauernfeind E, Gamauf A, Berg H-M, Muraoka Y (Eds). Conference Proceedings ‘5th International Meeting of European Bird Curators "Collections in Context". August 29th-31st 2007, Vienna, Austria., Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien : 77 - 96.

Russell DGD, White J, Maurer G, Cassey P (2010) Data-poor egg collections: cracking an important research resource. Journal of Afrotropical Zoology - Special Issue, 77 - 82.

Russell D (2009) The worst journey in the world: an ornithological tale of bravery and endurance. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 129 :

Duckworth JW, Inskipp TP, Pasquet E, Rasmussen PC, Rice NH, Robson CR, Russell DGD (2008) A re-evaluation of the status of the Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax in south-east Asia. Forktail, 24 : 127 - 129.

Cornish L, Ball A, Russell D (2007) Laser cleaning of avian eggshell. LASERS IN THE CONSERVATION OF ARTWORKS, PROCEEDINGS 116 : 169 - 176.

Russell D (2007) Twin chicks. New Scientist, 195 :

Russell DGD, Thomson KS (2007) On the trail of the Beagle budgie. Wingspan, 17 : 24 - 25.

Walters M, Russell DGD, Steinheimer FD, Quaisser C (2007) The eggs of the Canarian (or Meade-Waldo’s) Black Oystercatcher Haematopus meadwaldoi. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 127 : 226 - 227.

Russell D (2005) Hatching a plan: developing modern standards in egg collections. NatSCA News, 6 :

Introduction

Summary

I am responsible for the curation of the national avian egg and nest collections as part of the team of bird group curators in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum (NHM). In the egg and nest collection I am responsible for all aspects of curatorial care including, visitors, enquiries, documentation and research on the collections to enhance their data. The NHM egg collection is one of the largest resources of its kind in the world. Containing over 300,000 clutches the collection is regularly used by scientific researchers from across the globe. The NHM Nest Collection contains over 4000 examples. This unique collection is an intimate record of behaviour and an important research resource on avian architecture.

Qualifications

Degrees

Biological Sciences (Hons), Napier University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1990 - 1995

Employment history

Academic

Senior Curator, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2012 - ongoing

Curator, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2002 - 2012

Project Co-ordinator (Natural History), Wood End Museum, Department of Tourism & Leisure, United Kingdom, 1999 - 2001

Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, Departement of Zoology, United Kingdom, 1998 - 1999

Scientific Officer, Deer Commission for Scotland, United Kingdom, 1997 - 1997

Professional Assistant on Birds, Royal Museum of Scotland, Department of Geology & Zoology, United Kingdom, 1996 - 1997

Publications

Publications

Brulez K, Mikšík I, Cooney CR, Hauber ME, Lovell PG, Maurer G, Portugal SJ, Russell D, Reynolds SJ, Cassey P (2016) Eggshell pigment composition covaries with phylogeny but not with life history or with nesting ecology traits of British passerines. Ecology and Evolution, 6 (6) : 1637 - 1645. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1960

Maurer G, Portugal SJ, Hauber ME, Mikšík I, Russell DGD, Cassey P (2015) First light for avian embryos: eggshell thickness and pigmentation mediate variation in development and UV exposure in wild bird eggs. Functional Ecology, 29 (2) : 209 - 218. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12314

Prys-jones RP, Russell DGD, Wright S (2014) Rediscovery of the syntypes of California Quail Tetrao californicus Shaw, 1798, and comments on the current labelling of the holotype of California Condor Vultur californianus Shaw, 1797. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 134 : 286 - 290.

Russell DGD, Hansell M, Reilly M (2013) Bird nests in museum collections: a rich resource for research. Avian Biology Research, 6 (2) : 178 - 182. doi: 10.3184/175815513X13613786679359

Russell D (2013) Dr George Murray Levick (1876-1956): unpublished notes on the sexual habits of the Adélie Penguin. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 133 : 2 - 3.

Russell DGD, Sladen WJL, Ainley DG (2012) Dr. George Murray Levick (1876–1956): unpublished notes on the sexual habits of the Adélie penguin. Polar Record, 48 (04) : 387 - 393. doi: 10.1017/S0032247412000216

Russell D (2011) Con artist or unfairly maligned collector? - the rediscovery of William Farren's Black Woodpecker eggs from the New Forest. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 131 :

Maurer G, Russell DGD, Cassey P (2010) Interpreting the lists and equations of egg dimensions in Schönwetter’s Handbuch der Oologie. The Auk, 127 : 940 - 947.

Maurer G, Russell DGD, Woog F, Cassey P (2010) The eggs of the extinct Egyptian population of White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla.. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 130 : 208 - 214.

Russell DGD, Hansell M, Reilly M (2010) Constructive behaviour: developing a UK nest collection resource. Bauernfeind E, Gamauf A, Berg H-M, Muraoka Y (Eds). Conference Proceedings ‘5th International Meeting of European Bird Curators "Collections in Context". August 29th-31st 2007, Vienna, Austria., Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien : 77 - 96.

Russell DGD, White J, Maurer G, Cassey P (2010) Data-poor egg collections: cracking an important research resource. Journal of Afrotropical Zoology - Special Issue, 77 - 82.

Russell D (2009) The worst journey in the world: an ornithological tale of bravery and endurance. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 129 :

Duckworth JW, Inskipp TP, Pasquet E, Rasmussen PC, Rice NH, Robson CR, Russell DGD (2008) A re-evaluation of the status of the Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax in south-east Asia. Forktail, 24 : 127 - 129.

Cornish L, Ball A, Russell D (2007) Laser cleaning of avian eggshell. LASERS IN THE CONSERVATION OF ARTWORKS, PROCEEDINGS 116 : 169 - 176.

Russell D (2007) Twin chicks. New Scientist, 195 :

Russell DGD, Thomson KS (2007) On the trail of the Beagle budgie. Wingspan, 17 : 24 - 25.

Walters M, Russell DGD, Steinheimer FD, Quaisser C (2007) The eggs of the Canarian (or Meade-Waldo’s) Black Oystercatcher Haematopus meadwaldoi. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 127 : 226 - 227.

Russell D (2005) Hatching a plan: developing modern standards in egg collections. NatSCA News, 6 :