Mr Mark Adams

Mr Mark Adams

Senior Curator, Birds

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
Contact: email
Phone: +44 (0)207 942 6167


I have been a bird curator at the NHM since 1990. I have been responsible for or had experience working in all of the bird collections (skins, skeletons, spirit, eggs & nests) though my predominant role and interest lies with the skin collection for which I have been responsible since 1995. Collection Responsibilities - Responsible for NHM bird skin collection – contains c.¾ million specimens representing c.95% of extant known species - Manage bird Type collection - Manage bird specimen loans programme - Manage bird collection databasing - Handle avian enquiries and identifications



BSc (Hons), University of London, United Kingdom

Employment history


Senior Curator, Natural History Museum, Bird Group, United Kingdom, 2008 - ongoing

Curator (previously Scientific Officer), Natural History Museum, Bird Group, United Kingdom, 1994 - 2008

Assistant Scientific Officer, Natural History Museum, Bird Group, United Kingdom, 1990 - 1994


Paredes UM, PRYS-JONES R, ADAMS M, Groombridge J, Kundu S, Agapow P, Abel RL (2012) Micro-CT x-rays do not fragment DNA in preserved bird skins.. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 50 (3): 247 - 250. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2012.00657.x

Quillfeldt P, Masello JF, McGill RAR, ADAMS M, Furness RW (2010) Moving polewards in winter: a recent change in the migratory strategy of a pelagic seabird. Frontiers in Zoology, 7 (1): 15 - 15. doi: 10.1186/1742-9994-7-15

Dean WRJ, ADAMS M, Frahnert S, Milton SJ (2009) William John Ansorge’s bird collections in Guinea-Bissau: an annotated list. Malimbus, 31 : 75 - 108.

COOPER JH, ADAMS MP (2005) Extinct and endangered bird collections: managing the risk. Zoologische Mededelingen (Leiden), 79 : 123 - 130.

ADAMS MP, COOPER JH, COLLAR NJ (2003) Extinct and endangered (‘E&E’) birds: a proposed list for collection catalogues. Why Museums Matter: Avian Archives in an Age of Extinction. (eds Collar, N. J., Fisher, C. T. and Feare, C. J.). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, : 338 - 354.

Herroelen P, Louette M, Adams M (1999) A reassessment of the subspecies in the owl Glaucidium tephronotum, with notes on its biology.. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, : 151 - 162.

Adams MP (1997) Sub-fossil Bird Bones in a Falkland Island Peat Bog.. The Warrah, Newsletter of Falklands Conservation, 11 : 6 - 7.

Adams MP (1994) The Reorganisation of the Natural History Museum’s Avian Spirit Collection.. Biology Curators Group Newsletter, : 41 - 42.