Miss Emma Bernard

Miss Emma Bernard

Curator of Palaeobiology

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Contact: email
Fossil Fish blog


A dedicated museum professional with over seven years of experience working on natural science collections in small local authority, large regional and national museums. I have experience in collection management, documentation, SPECTRUM standards, policy development, collection re-storage, digitization, exhibition design and interpretation and outreach. Curatorial responsibilities: Currently responsible for the Fossil Fish Section. Oversee visitors to the section, dealing with enquiries, loans, destructive sampling and exhibition requests. Documentation and digitisation of the collection and part of the eMesozoic digitisation group. Part of the curation team for the off-site store and pest monitor. I participate and lead in a number of out reach events every year, such as the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and Science Uncovered. Regularly take part in collection enhancing fieldwork and have lead teams to Woodeaton Quarry.



MSc, University of Leciester, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2010

MSc, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 2015 - 2007

B.Sc (Honours), University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2002 - 2006

Employment history


Curator of Palaeobiology, Natural History Museum, Earth Science, United Kingdom, 2011 - ongoing

Assistant Curator of Biology, York Museums Trust, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011

Documentation Assistant, York Museums Trust, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011


Bernard EL, Ruta M, Tarver JE, Benton MJ (2010) The Fossil Record of Early Tetrapods: Worker Effort and the End-Permian Mass Extinction. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 55 (2): 229 - 239. doi: 10.4202/app.2009.0025

Bernard E, Bernard . , (2009) Ice Age Fossils in Worcester City Museums' Natural History Collection. null.