Ms Emma Sherlock

Ms Emma Sherlock

Acting Senior Curator in Charge, Annelida

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates Division

Summary

Acting Senior Curator in Charge for the Freeliving and Parasitic worm Collections. My area of research interest focuses on earthworms however I also research into Collections best practise across the board from wet collections, slides, risk management and the historical aspects of the collections in my care. I work closely with Internal colleagues in particular the Polychaeta research group and Soil biodiversity group and a number of external colleagues globally.

Highlighted publications

Sherlock E, Csuzdi C (2013) Two new earthworm species from Belize (Oligochaeta: Acanthodrilidae). Journal of Natural History, 47 (29-30) : 1911 - 1919. doi: 10.1080/00222933.2013.770931

SHERLOCK E (2012) A Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland.. AIDGAP (Aids to the Identification of Difficult Groups of Animals and Plants) :

SHERLOCK E, Lee S, McPhee S, Steer M, Michel J, et al. (2011) The first earthworm collections from Nicaragua with description of two new species (Oligochaeta). Zootaxa, 49 - 58.

Fieldwork

Vietnam
2012 - 2012.

Nicaragua
2009 - 2015.

Committees

Chair, Earthworm Society of Britain,

Publications

Csuzdi C, Szederjesi T, Sherlock E (2018) Annotated checklist of earthworm species described by András Zicsi. Zootaxa, 4496 : 11 - 42.

Neal L, Linse K, Brasier MJ, Sherlock E, Glover AG (2018) Comparative marine biodiversity and depth zonation in the Southern Ocean: evidence from a new large polychaete dataset from Scotia and Amundsen seas. Marine Biodiversity, 48 (1) : 581 - 601. doi: 10.1007/s12526-017-0735-y

Sherlock E, Csuzdi C, Shen H-P (2018) Two new Lumbricid earthworm occurrences for Taiwan: Eisenia anzac & Eisenia japonica japonica. Taiwanese Journal of Biodiversity, 20 (1) : 1 - 8.

Csuzdi C, Sherlock E, Kouete MT, Doherty-Bone T (2015) Four New Earthworm Species from the Highlands of Cameroon with Description of a New Genus Okudrilus gen. n. (Oligochaeta: Eudrilidae & Acanthodrilidae). African Invertebrates, 56 (1) : 25 - 38. doi: 10.5733/afin.056.0103

Caroline Ware , miranda lowe , duncan sivell , anne baker , Tristan Bantock , maxwell barclay , Gay Carr , Larissa Cooper , Len Ellis , Martin Hall , Eric Hollowday , Martin Honey , Dave John , John Martin , Notton DG, Daniel Osborne , Adrian Rundle , Emma Sherlock , Bryan Tabor , Thomas J. Thomas , Holger Thüs , John Tovey , Pat Wolseley (2016) Further developments of the flora and fauna of the Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum, London –Twenty years of species recording. London Naturalist, 95 : 45 - 159.

Hall A, Sherlock E, Sykes D (2015) Does Micro-CT scanning damage DNA in museum specimens?. Journal of Natural Science Collections, 2 : 22 - 28.

Sherlock E, Neal L, Glover AG (2014) 100 years of deep-sea tubeworms in the collections of the Natural History Museum, London. Journal of Natural Science Collections, 2 : 47 - 53.

Allington-Jones L, Sherlock E (2014) Snagged setae: evaluating alternatives to cotton wool bungs for liquid-stored specimens. Collection Forum, 28 : 1 - 7.

Carpenter D, Sherlock E, Sandhu R, Eggleton P (2013) Differences in nest structure influence the importance of Formica rufa group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) wood ant nests as refugia for earthworms. Journal of Natural History, 47 (35-36) : 2305 - 2309. doi: 10.1080/00222933.2012.763063

Sherlock E, Csuzdi C (2013) Two new earthworm species from Belize (Oligochaeta: Acanthodrilidae). Journal of Natural History, 47 (29-30) : 1911 - 1919. doi: 10.1080/00222933.2013.770931

Carpenter D, Hammond PM, Sherlock E, Lidgett A, Leigh K, Eggleton P (2012) Biodiversity of soil macrofauna in the New Forest: a benchmark study across a national park landscape. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21 (13) : 3385 - 3410. doi: 10.1007/s10531-012-0369-0

Carpenter D, Sherlock E, Jones DT, Chiminoides J, Writer T, Neilson R, Boag B, Keith AM, Eggleton P (2012) Mapping of earthworm distribution for the British Isles and Eire highlights the under-recording of an ecologically important group (vol 21, pg 475, 2012). BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, 21 (8) : 2173 - 2175. doi: 10.1007/s10531-012-0310-6

Carpenter D, Sherlock E, Jones DT, Chiminoides J, Writer T, Neilson R, Boag B, Keith AM, Eggleton P (2012) Mapping of earthworm distribution for the British Isles and Eire highlights the under-recording of an ecologically important group. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21 (2) : 475 - 485. doi: 10.1007/s10531-011-0194-x

Sherlock E, Berridge L (2012) In Memoriam Reginald William Sims. Opuscula Zoologica (Budapest), 43 : 101 - 105.

SHERLOCK E (2012) A Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland.. AIDGAP (Aids to the Identification of Difficult Groups of Animals and Plants) :

SHERLOCK E, Lee S, McPhee S, Steer M, Michel J, Maes & Csaba Csuzdi. (2011) The first earthworm collections from Nicaragua with description of two new species (Oligochaeta). Zootaxa, 49 - 58.

Boros G, Sherlock E (2010) Catalogue of the enchytreid collection (Oligochaeta: Enchytreidae) of the Natural History Museum in London. Spirit Collection. Opuscula Zoologica Instituti Zoosystematici et Oecologici Universitatis Budapestinensis, 41 (1) : 19 - 27.

Eggleton P, Inward K, Smith J, Jones DT, Sherlock E (2009) A six year study of earthworm (Lumbricidae) populations in pasture woodland in southern England shows their responses to soil temperature and soil moisture. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 41 (9) : 1857 - 1865. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.06.007

Sherlock E, Carpenter D (2009) An updated earthworm list for the British Isles and two new ‘exotic’ species to Britain from Kew Gardens. European Journal of Soil Biology, 45 (5-6) : 431 - 435. doi: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2009.07.002

Sherlock E, JONES DT (2008) A field guide to British earthworms to support a national survey, In: Advances in Earthworm Taxonomy III (Annelida: Oligochaeta). Proceedings of the 3rd International Oligochaeta Taxonomy Meeting. Platres, Cyprus, 2nd to 6th April, 2007, Pavlicek T, Cardet P (Eds). ProEnvironmental Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environment of the Republic of Cyprus : 225 - 228.

Allington-Jones L, Sherlock E (2007) Choosing a microscope slide sealant: a review of aging characteristics and the development of a new test, using low oxygen environments. NatSCA News, 12/13 : 12: 28-32 - 13: 11-13.

Sherlock E, Berridge L (2012) History of the earthworm collections at the Natural History Museum, London (Oligochaeta), In: null, null : 177 - 187.

Contributed Publications

Sherlock E, Csuzdi C, Shen H-P (2018) Two new Lumbricid earthworm occurrences for Taiwan: Eisenia anzac & Eisenia japonica japonica. Taiwanese Journal of Biodiversity, 20 (1) : 1 - 8.

Invited and keynote speaker

Keynote speaker, Earthworms: The state of the nation, Advances in Soil Biology: Advances in Soil Biology, University of Roehampton, London Borough of Wandsworth, United Kingdom, 18/4/2018.

Invited speaker, Inselect - applying computer vision to facilitate rapid record creation and metadata capture, Entomological Collections Network 2016 annual meeting: Orlando, United States, 24/9/2016.

"To slide or not to slide" – How do we scan the Natural History Museum's slide collections?, SPNHC 2016: 24/6/2016.

Media

Broadcasts

Autumnwatch, British earthworms, BBC, Hughes-Games M, 25/10/2017.

Springwatch, Earthworms, 6/6/2012.

The Worm Hunters, Documentary on scientists that study earthworms, National Geographic, 1/5/2011.

Articles

BBC Focus Magazine, A profile on Emma Sherlock, Pilcher H, 1/3/2018. Profile- Emma Sherlock and earthworms

BBC Wildlife Magazine, British earthworms (Title: The worm Whisperer), Pilcher H, 1/3/2017. Emma Sherlock- The Worm Whisperer

Introduction

Summary

Acting Senior Curator in Charge for the Freeliving and Parasitic worm Collections. My area of research interest focuses on earthworms however I also research into Collections best practise across the board from wet collections, slides, risk management and the historical aspects of the collections in my care. I work closely with Internal colleagues in particular the Polychaeta research group and Soil biodiversity group and a number of external colleagues globally.

Highlighted publications

Sherlock E, Csuzdi C (2013) Two new earthworm species from Belize (Oligochaeta: Acanthodrilidae). Journal of Natural History, 47 (29-30) : 1911 - 1919. doi: 10.1080/00222933.2013.770931

SHERLOCK E (2012) A Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland.. AIDGAP (Aids to the Identification of Difficult Groups of Animals and Plants) :

SHERLOCK E, Lee S, McPhee S, Steer M, Michel J, et al. (2011) The first earthworm collections from Nicaragua with description of two new species (Oligochaeta). Zootaxa, 49 - 58.

Projects

Fieldwork

Vietnam
2012 - 2012.

Nicaragua
2009 - 2015.

Professional activities

Committees

Chair, Earthworm Society of Britain,

Publications

Publications

Csuzdi C, Szederjesi T, Sherlock E (2018) Annotated checklist of earthworm species described by András Zicsi. Zootaxa, 4496 : 11 - 42.

Neal L, Linse K, Brasier MJ, Sherlock E, Glover AG (2018) Comparative marine biodiversity and depth zonation in the Southern Ocean: evidence from a new large polychaete dataset from Scotia and Amundsen seas. Marine Biodiversity, 48 (1) : 581 - 601. doi: 10.1007/s12526-017-0735-y

Sherlock E, Csuzdi C, Shen H-P (2018) Two new Lumbricid earthworm occurrences for Taiwan: Eisenia anzac & Eisenia japonica japonica. Taiwanese Journal of Biodiversity, 20 (1) : 1 - 8.

Csuzdi C, Sherlock E, Kouete MT, Doherty-Bone T (2015) Four New Earthworm Species from the Highlands of Cameroon with Description of a New Genus Okudrilus gen. n. (Oligochaeta: Eudrilidae & Acanthodrilidae). African Invertebrates, 56 (1) : 25 - 38. doi: 10.5733/afin.056.0103

Caroline Ware , miranda lowe , duncan sivell , anne baker , Tristan Bantock , maxwell barclay , Gay Carr , Larissa Cooper , Len Ellis , Martin Hall , Eric Hollowday , Martin Honey , Dave John , John Martin , Notton DG, Daniel Osborne , Adrian Rundle , Emma Sherlock , Bryan Tabor , Thomas J. Thomas , Holger Thüs , John Tovey , Pat Wolseley (2016) Further developments of the flora and fauna of the Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum, London –Twenty years of species recording. London Naturalist, 95 : 45 - 159.

Hall A, Sherlock E, Sykes D (2015) Does Micro-CT scanning damage DNA in museum specimens?. Journal of Natural Science Collections, 2 : 22 - 28.

Sherlock E, Neal L, Glover AG (2014) 100 years of deep-sea tubeworms in the collections of the Natural History Museum, London. Journal of Natural Science Collections, 2 : 47 - 53.

Allington-Jones L, Sherlock E (2014) Snagged setae: evaluating alternatives to cotton wool bungs for liquid-stored specimens. Collection Forum, 28 : 1 - 7.

Carpenter D, Sherlock E, Sandhu R, Eggleton P (2013) Differences in nest structure influence the importance of Formica rufa group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) wood ant nests as refugia for earthworms. Journal of Natural History, 47 (35-36) : 2305 - 2309. doi: 10.1080/00222933.2012.763063

Sherlock E, Csuzdi C (2013) Two new earthworm species from Belize (Oligochaeta: Acanthodrilidae). Journal of Natural History, 47 (29-30) : 1911 - 1919. doi: 10.1080/00222933.2013.770931

Carpenter D, Hammond PM, Sherlock E, Lidgett A, Leigh K, Eggleton P (2012) Biodiversity of soil macrofauna in the New Forest: a benchmark study across a national park landscape. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21 (13) : 3385 - 3410. doi: 10.1007/s10531-012-0369-0

Carpenter D, Sherlock E, Jones DT, Chiminoides J, Writer T, Neilson R, Boag B, Keith AM, Eggleton P (2012) Mapping of earthworm distribution for the British Isles and Eire highlights the under-recording of an ecologically important group (vol 21, pg 475, 2012). BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, 21 (8) : 2173 - 2175. doi: 10.1007/s10531-012-0310-6

Carpenter D, Sherlock E, Jones DT, Chiminoides J, Writer T, Neilson R, Boag B, Keith AM, Eggleton P (2012) Mapping of earthworm distribution for the British Isles and Eire highlights the under-recording of an ecologically important group. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21 (2) : 475 - 485. doi: 10.1007/s10531-011-0194-x

Sherlock E, Berridge L (2012) In Memoriam Reginald William Sims. Opuscula Zoologica (Budapest), 43 : 101 - 105.

SHERLOCK E (2012) A Key to the Earthworms of the UK and Ireland.. AIDGAP (Aids to the Identification of Difficult Groups of Animals and Plants) :

SHERLOCK E, Lee S, McPhee S, Steer M, Michel J, Maes & Csaba Csuzdi. (2011) The first earthworm collections from Nicaragua with description of two new species (Oligochaeta). Zootaxa, 49 - 58.

Boros G, Sherlock E (2010) Catalogue of the enchytreid collection (Oligochaeta: Enchytreidae) of the Natural History Museum in London. Spirit Collection. Opuscula Zoologica Instituti Zoosystematici et Oecologici Universitatis Budapestinensis, 41 (1) : 19 - 27.

Eggleton P, Inward K, Smith J, Jones DT, Sherlock E (2009) A six year study of earthworm (Lumbricidae) populations in pasture woodland in southern England shows their responses to soil temperature and soil moisture. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 41 (9) : 1857 - 1865. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.06.007

Sherlock E, Carpenter D (2009) An updated earthworm list for the British Isles and two new ‘exotic’ species to Britain from Kew Gardens. European Journal of Soil Biology, 45 (5-6) : 431 - 435. doi: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2009.07.002

Sherlock E, JONES DT (2008) A field guide to British earthworms to support a national survey, In: Advances in Earthworm Taxonomy III (Annelida: Oligochaeta). Proceedings of the 3rd International Oligochaeta Taxonomy Meeting. Platres, Cyprus, 2nd to 6th April, 2007, Pavlicek T, Cardet P (Eds). ProEnvironmental Services of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environment of the Republic of Cyprus : 225 - 228.

Allington-Jones L, Sherlock E (2007) Choosing a microscope slide sealant: a review of aging characteristics and the development of a new test, using low oxygen environments. NatSCA News, 12/13 : 12: 28-32 - 13: 11-13.

Sherlock E, Berridge L (2012) History of the earthworm collections at the Natural History Museum, London (Oligochaeta), In: null, null : 177 - 187.

Contributed Publications

Sherlock E, Csuzdi C, Shen H-P (2018) Two new Lumbricid earthworm occurrences for Taiwan: Eisenia anzac & Eisenia japonica japonica. Taiwanese Journal of Biodiversity, 20 (1) : 1 - 8.

Impact and outreach

Invited and keynote speaker

Keynote speaker, Earthworms: The state of the nation, Advances in Soil Biology: Advances in Soil Biology, University of Roehampton, London Borough of Wandsworth, United Kingdom, 18/4/2018.

Invited speaker, Inselect - applying computer vision to facilitate rapid record creation and metadata capture, Entomological Collections Network 2016 annual meeting: Orlando, United States, 24/9/2016.

"To slide or not to slide" – How do we scan the Natural History Museum's slide collections?, SPNHC 2016: 24/6/2016.

Media

Broadcasts

Autumnwatch, British earthworms, BBC, Hughes-Games M, 25/10/2017.

Springwatch, Earthworms, 6/6/2012.

The Worm Hunters, Documentary on scientists that study earthworms, National Geographic, 1/5/2011.

Articles

BBC Focus Magazine, A profile on Emma Sherlock, Pilcher H, 1/3/2018. Profile- Emma Sherlock and earthworms

BBC Wildlife Magazine, British earthworms (Title: The worm Whisperer), Pilcher H, 1/3/2017. Emma Sherlock- The Worm Whisperer