Mr Edgley Cesar

Mr Edgley Cesar

Curator, Diatoms

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Algae, Fungi and Plants Division
Contact: email
https://www.researchgate.net

Specialisms

Curation, collections management

Summary

I am a biologist with interests in plant taxonomy and nomenclature, collections management and digitisation.
The main responsibilities of my role are the curation, conservation and digitisation of the Diatoms Collections at the Natural History Museum. It also involves providing access to visiting scientists, processing loans requests and acquisitions and dealing with enquiries.

The NHM houses one of the largest and most important collections of diatoms worldwide. It is rich in types and specimens of historical and scientific significance; has a global representation of specimens and is temporarily important. It comprises circa 300,000 items, including microscope slides, bottles and vials with wet raw samples, dried specimens on mica, fossilized material (diatomite), SEM stubs and several forms of associated documentation.

I also support the work of the curators of lichens and bryophytes on the daily management of their collections.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (UFPB), Brazil, 1998 - 2002

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Diatoms, Natural History Museum, London, Life Sciences, AFP Division, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Curatorial Assistant, Natural History Museum London, Life Sciences, AFP Division, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2016

Digitiser - Global Plants Initiative, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2010

Digitiser - GBIF/Australian Virtual Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2006

Digitiser - Richard Spruce Project, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2005

Brazilian Repatriation Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2003 - 2004

Fieldwork

United Kingdom, Isles of Scilly
2013 - 2013.

Events

Conference Attendance

Attendee/participant, Poster presentation, 53º Congresso Nacional de Botânica, (Congress), 2002 - 2002.

Poster presentation, Attendee/participant, 52º Congresso Nacional de Botânica, (Congress), 2001 - 2001.

Attendee/participant, NatSCA Conference & AGM 2017, (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Workshop Attendance

Attendee/participant, Pest Odyssey U.K., (Workshop),

Internal Positions

Curator of Diatoms, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2017 - on going.

Project Leader - V-Factor & Diatoms collaboration, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2013 - 2014.

Curatorial Assistant, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2016.

Publications

Yesilyurt J, Thomas AL, Cesar EA, Broom Y-S, Bhatia R, Miller R (2016) A tangible embrace with the invisible: How a curator can achieve collections goals in partnership with volunteers and the public. Journal of Natural Science Collections, 4 : 12 - 21.

Araujo AC, Cesar EA, Simpson D (2007) Preliminary List of the Cyperaceae in Northeastern Brazil (Lista preliminar da família Cyperaceae na região nordeste do Brasil). Kew Publishing : London. 32.

Cesar EA, Juchum FS, Lewis GP (2006) Preliminary List of the Leguminosae in Northeastern Brazil (Lista preliminar da família leguminosae na região nordeste do Brasil). Kew Publishing : 209.

Zappi DC, Lughadha EN, Nunes TS, Miranda E, Machado M, Hind N, Lewis GP, Mayo S, Barbosa MRV, Juchum F, Cesar EA (2006) Repatriating Data from Kew Herbarium to Northeast Brazil, In: Towards Greater Knowledge of the Brazilian Semi-arid Biodiversity, Queiroz LP, Rapini A, Giulietti AM (Eds). Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia : Brasilia. 140.

Guest lectures

V Factor - a volunteer collaboration with diatoms, NHM Collections Seminar Series: Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2/10/2014.

Public Engagement

Internal activities

Fascination of Plants Day 2017, Images of Nature Gallery, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 19/5/2017

Museum Lates - 'Party Animals', Fossil Way, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 26/8/2016

Fascination of Plants Day 2015, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 18/5/2015

V Factor & Diatoms Open Day, Specimen Preparation Area (SPA), Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 31/7/2014

Introduction

Summary

I am a biologist with interests in plant taxonomy and nomenclature, collections management and digitisation.
The main responsibilities of my role are the curation, conservation and digitisation of the Diatoms Collections at the Natural History Museum. It also involves providing access to visiting scientists, processing loans requests and acquisitions and dealing with enquiries.

The NHM houses one of the largest and most important collections of diatoms worldwide. It is rich in types and specimens of historical and scientific significance; has a global representation of specimens and is temporarily important. It comprises circa 300,000 items, including microscope slides, bottles and vials with wet raw samples, dried specimens on mica, fossilized material (diatomite), SEM stubs and several forms of associated documentation.

I also support the work of the curators of lichens and bryophytes on the daily management of their collections.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (UFPB), Brazil, 1998 - 2002

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Diatoms, Natural History Museum, London, Life Sciences, AFP Division, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Curatorial Assistant, Natural History Museum London, Life Sciences, AFP Division, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2016

Digitiser - Global Plants Initiative, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2010

Digitiser - GBIF/Australian Virtual Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2006

Digitiser - Richard Spruce Project, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2005

Brazilian Repatriation Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Herbarium, United Kingdom, 2003 - 2004

Projects

Fieldwork

United Kingdom, Isles of Scilly
2013 - 2013.

Professional activities

Events

Conference Attendance

Attendee/participant, Poster presentation, 53º Congresso Nacional de Botânica, (Congress), 2002 - 2002.

Poster presentation, Attendee/participant, 52º Congresso Nacional de Botânica, (Congress), 2001 - 2001.

Attendee/participant, NatSCA Conference & AGM 2017, (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Workshop Attendance

Attendee/participant, Pest Odyssey U.K., (Workshop),

Internal Positions

Curator of Diatoms, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2017 - on going.

Project Leader - V-Factor & Diatoms collaboration, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2013 - 2014.

Curatorial Assistant, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2016.

Publications

Publications

Yesilyurt J, Thomas AL, Cesar EA, Broom Y-S, Bhatia R, Miller R (2016) A tangible embrace with the invisible: How a curator can achieve collections goals in partnership with volunteers and the public. Journal of Natural Science Collections, 4 : 12 - 21.

Araujo AC, Cesar EA, Simpson D (2007) Preliminary List of the Cyperaceae in Northeastern Brazil (Lista preliminar da família Cyperaceae na região nordeste do Brasil). Kew Publishing : London. 32.

Cesar EA, Juchum FS, Lewis GP (2006) Preliminary List of the Leguminosae in Northeastern Brazil (Lista preliminar da família leguminosae na região nordeste do Brasil). Kew Publishing : 209.

Zappi DC, Lughadha EN, Nunes TS, Miranda E, Machado M, Hind N, Lewis GP, Mayo S, Barbosa MRV, Juchum F, Cesar EA (2006) Repatriating Data from Kew Herbarium to Northeast Brazil, In: Towards Greater Knowledge of the Brazilian Semi-arid Biodiversity, Queiroz LP, Rapini A, Giulietti AM (Eds). Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia : Brasilia. 140.

Impact and outreach

Guest lectures

V Factor - a volunteer collaboration with diatoms, NHM Collections Seminar Series: Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2/10/2014.

Public Engagement

Internal activities

Fascination of Plants Day 2017, Images of Nature Gallery, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 19/5/2017

Museum Lates - 'Party Animals', Fossil Way, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 26/8/2016

Fascination of Plants Day 2015, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 18/5/2015

V Factor & Diatoms Open Day, Specimen Preparation Area (SPA), Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 31/7/2014