Dr John Tweddle

Dr John Tweddle

Head of Angela Marmont Centre

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Angela Marmont Centre
Contact: email

Specialisms

UK biodiversity, citizen science, ecology, palaeoecology, public engagement with science, science communication

Summary

An ecologist and palaeoecologist, I am Head of the Museum’s Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity (AMC) and academic lead for the Museum's citizen science programme. The AMC forms a hub for partnership-based UK natural history engagement, training and research, and provides a focus for the Museum’s citizen science programme. The AMC team run a wide range of projects that collectively aim to further the study and understanding of the UK’s biodiversity and geodiversity. We work closely with the UK’s amateur-expert naturalist community and this is reflected in our mission to inspire and support existing and future naturalists. Projects range from citizen science surveys, to answering public identification enquiries, provision of wildlife identification training and resources, and research into critical aspects of the UK’s biodiversity. The AMC also acts as a free drop in resource centre where UK natural history enthusiasts of all abilities can further their interest by accessing UK reference collections, library materials, microscopes and expertise. Fostering active involvement in UK biodiversity and geodiversity science and supporting the UK’s taxonomic and biological recording capability are key drivers for our work. Prior to my current role I worked on the Big Lottery Funded OPAL citizen science programme and the UK Species Inventory – the UK’s master checklist of biodiversity and primary source of naming for national and global exchange of UK wildlife observation data. I am a member of the British Ecological Society Citizen Science Special Interest Group and was a founding Steering Committee member for the Citizen Science Association.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, The University of Sheffield, Archaeology and Prehistory, 1996 - 2000

BA (Hons), The University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1993 - 1996

Employment history

Academic

Head of Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity, The Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2011 - ongoing

OPAL Project Manager, The Natural History Museum, Botany, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2011

Data Manager for NBN Species Inventory, The Natural History Museum, Botany, United Kingdom, 2003 - 2007

Seed Information Database Coordinator, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Millennium Seedbank, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2003

Consultant Palynologist and Plant Macrofossil Analyst, University of Sheffield, Archaeology and Prehistory, United Kingdom, 1999 - 2000

Publications

West S, Tweddle J (2014) Identification Trainers for the Future - Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts. In Practice, 86 : 23 - 25.

ROBINSON LD, TWEDDLE JC, POSTLES MC, WEST SE, SEWELL J. , (2013) Guide to running a BioBlitz 2.0. Natural History Museum, Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of York and Marine Biological Association.

TWEDDLE JC, ROBINSON LD, Pocock MJ, Roy HE. , (2012) Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for UK-EOF.

Hemment D, El-Sherbini Y, Buontempo C, TWEDDLE J (2011) 100 years of climate change: a night-time audio walk. Leonardo, 44 : 68 - 69.

Nold C, TWEDDLE J, Ellis R, Hemment D, WYNNE B (2011) Biotagging Manchester: interdisciplinary exploration of biodiversity. Leonardo, 44 : 66 - 67.

TWEDDLE JC, Edwards KJ (2010) Pollen preservation zones as an interpretative tool in Holocene palynology. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 161 : 59 - 76. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2010.03.004

Moles AT, Ackerly DD, Tweddle JC, Dickie JB, Smith R, Leishman MR, Mayfield MM, Pitman A, Wood JT, Westoby M (2006) Global patterns in seed size. Global Ecology and Biogeography, (0)doi: 10.1111/j.1466-822X.2006.00259.x

Hussey C, Wilkinson S, Tweddle J (2006) Delivering a name-server for biodiversity information.. Data Science Journal, 5 : 18 - 28.

Moles AT, Ackerly DD, Webb CO, Tweddle JC, Dickie JB, Pitman AJ, Westoby M (2005) Factors that shape seed mass evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102 (30): 10540 - 10544. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0501473102

Moles AT, Ackerly DD, Webb CO, TWEDDLE JC, Dickie JB, Westoby M (2005) A brief history of seed size. Science, 307 (5709): 576 - 580. doi: 10.1126/science.1104863

TWEDDLE JC, Edwards KJ, Fieller NRJ (2005) Multivariate statistical and other approaches for the separation of cereal from wild Poaceae pollen using a large Holocene dataset. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 14 (1): 15 - 30. doi: 10.1007/s00334-005-0064-0

Tweddle JC, Dickie JB, Baskin CC, Baskin JM (2003) Ecological aspects of seed desiccation sensitivity. Journal of Ecology, 91 (2): 294 - 304. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2745.2003.00760.x

FAIN A, HURST GDD, TWEDDLE JC, LACHLAN RF, MAJERUS MEN, BRITT DP (1995) Description and observations of two new species of Hemisarcoptidae from deutonymphs phoretic on Coccinellidae in Britain. International Journal of Acarology, 21 : 99 - 106.

Highlighted publications

West S, Tweddle J (2014) Identification Trainers for the Future - Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts. In Practice, 86 : 23 - 25.

ROBINSON LD, TWEDDLE JC, POSTLES MC, WEST SE, SEWELL J. , (2013) Guide to running a BioBlitz 2.0. Natural History Museum, Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of York and Marine Biological Association.

TWEDDLE JC, ROBINSON LD, Pocock MJ, Roy HE. , (2012) Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for UK-EOF.

TWEDDLE JC, Edwards KJ (2010) Pollen preservation zones as an interpretative tool in Holocene palynology. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 161 : 59 - 76. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2010.03.004

TWEDDLE JC, Edwards KJ, Fieller NRJ (2005) Multivariate statistical and other approaches for the separation of cereal from wild Poaceae pollen using a large Holocene dataset. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 14 (1): 15 - 30. doi: 10.1007/s00334-005-0064-0

Tweddle JC, Dickie JB, Baskin CC, Baskin JM (2003) Ecological aspects of seed desiccation sensitivity. Journal of Ecology, 91 (2): 294 - 304. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2745.2003.00760.x