Dr Pip Brewer

Dr Philippa Brewer

Curator, Fossil Mammals

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Contact: email
https://www.researchgate.net

Specialisms

Collections management, Fossil wombats, Museum digitisation, Project management

Summary

I am a vertebrate palaeontologist with interests in Australian and South American fossil mammals, Mesozoic mammals, dental evolution in herbivores and the history of science. I have been involved in fieldwork around the world, including opal mines in Australia and excavating extinct ground sloths in South America. Recent projects include: Darwin's Fossil Mammals (researching and digitising) eMesozoic (digitising British Mesozoic vertebrates)

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney

M.Sci., University College London, London

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Fossil Mammals, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

Assistant Curator, Royal College of Surgeons of England, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2013

Documentation Project Assistant, The British Museum, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2012

Associate Lecturer in Geology, The Open University, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2012

Curator of Mesozoic and Tertiary Mammals, Natural History Museum, London, Palaeontology Department, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2010

Curator/Documentation Officer of African Fossil Mammals, Natural History Museum, London, Palaeontology Department, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2008

Lab Assistant / Demonstrator in Human Anatomy, University College London, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2007

Grants

Pilot Project: 3D Scanning of Darwin's Fossil Mammals
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: Leche Trust
Total value £2,000 (to Museum £2,000)
Dates: 2018 - on going

Conserving Darwin’s Fossil Mammals
Role: Principal investigator
Total value £5,000 (to Museum £5,000)
Dates: 2018 - on going

Conserving Darwin’s Fossil Mammals
Role: Principal investigator
Total value £5,000 (to Museum £5,000)
Dates: 2018 - on going

The “iron” bones of Seth; a study of the massive funerary fossil collection from Qau el-Kebir
Dates: 2016 - on going

Consultancy

Attenborough’s Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates
BBC
2013 - 2013.

David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D
Sky TV
2013 - 2013.

Fieldwork

Uruguay
2017 - 2017.

Editorships

Associate editor, Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Taylor and Francis, 2016 - on going.

Events

Conference Attendance

Invited Keynote Address, Riversleigh Symposium, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Publications

Pappa S, Stone R, Brewer P, Ahmed F, Wilmut J, Chamberlain A, Finch A, Brown E (2018) Digital technology restores stolen fossils at Joint Mitnor Cave, Devon. Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting, 31 1 - 3 1 1

Pappa S, Stone R, Brewer P, Ahmed F, Wilmut J, Chamberlain A, Finch A, Brown E (2017) Digital technology restores stolen fossils at Joint Mitnor Cave, Devon. 61st Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, 1712 12 - 17 12 12https://www.palass.org/meetings-events/annual-meeting/2017/annual-meeting-2017-london-overview

Pappa S, Adams N, Brewer P, Parfitt S, Carnegie G, Lewis M (2017) Elephant dung, chewed antlers, weathered bones: documenting a unique taphonomic collection. Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 129 9 - 12 9 9

Brewer P (2016) New wombats from Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland, include pouch young. Riversleigh Symposium, 512 12 - 5 12 12

Ward D, Wills S, Bernard E, Brewer P (2016) The Natural History Museum, London, rescue dig at Woodeaton Quarry, Oxfordshire - an update. 60th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association,

Bernard E, Brewer P, Steel L, Chapman S, Stevens L (2016) eMesozoic: British Fossils in the Digital Age. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2610 10 - 26 10 10Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S (2016) New wombats from Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland, include pouch young. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2610 10 - 26 10 10Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Taylor & Francis :

Travouillon K, Brewer P, Portela-Miguez R, Simoes B, Stemmer D (2016) The Pig-footed Bandicoot, extinct but not forgotten: review of its taxonomy and description of a new extinct species. 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society, 259 9 - 25 9 9

Brewer P, Stevens L, Bernard E, Chapman S, Steel L, Taylor A, Douglas L, Godfrey D, Taylor F, Blagoderov V, Hudson L, Smith D, Clery M (2016) eMesozoic: an alternative approach to digitising palaeontological collections. 31st Annual Meeting of Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 206 6 - 20 6 6

Brewer P, Stevens L, Bernard E, Chapman S, Steel L, Smith D, Clery M (null) eMesozoic: digitising historical palaeontological collections. Lyell Meeting 2016 - Palaeoinformatics - The Geological Society, 93 3 - 9 3 3

Parraga J, Wills S, Bernard E, Brewer P, Ward D (2016) A diverse new late Bathonian microvertebrate microvertebrate assemblage from Woodeaton Quarry, Oxfordshire, UK. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2610 10 - 26 10 10Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36 : Taylor & Francis : 202 - 202.

Bernard E, Brewer P, Wills S, Ward D, Parraga J (2015) Update on work from Woodeaton Quarry, Oxford, UK and the use of volunteers in large scale collection projects. 63rd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 298 8 - 29 8 8

Johnson D, Steel L, Bernard E, Brewer P, Chapman S, Kruszynski R, Nicholson P, Ward D (2015) Fossils of Qau el-Kebir; an ancient Egyptian funerary fossil collection. 63rd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 298 8 - 29 8 8

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand SJ, Abel R (2015) New genus of primitive wombat (Vombatidae, Marsupialia) from Miocene deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area (Queensland, Australia). PALAEONTOLOGIA ELECTRONICA, 18 (1) :

Beck R, Louys J, Brewer P (null) The skull and skeleton of a larger-bodied diprotodontian marsupial from the late Oligocene of central Australia and the origin of wombats. 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Palaeontology, http://vertpaleo.org/Annual-Meeting/Future-Past-Meetings/SVP-74th-Annual-Meeting-Summary.aspx

Brewer P (2014) Tooth function in wombats. Insights from new taxa from the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in northwestern Queensland. 4th International Palaeontological Congress,

Brewer P (2013) Treasures from the library. The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 95 (3) : 116 - 116. doi: 10.1308/147363506X149579

Brewer P (2012) Treasures from the Museum. The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 94 (9) : 328 - 328. doi: 10.1308/147363512X13448516927062

Morales J, Brewer P, Pickford M (2010) Carnivores (Creodonta and Carnivora) from the basal middle Miocene of Gebel Zelten, Libya, with a note on a large amphicyonid from the middle Miocene of Ngorora, Kenya. Bulletin of the Tethys Geological Society,

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S, Godthelp H (2009) A new genus and species of primitive wombat (Marsupialia) from teh Riversleigh World Heritage Property in northwestern Queensland, Australia. SVP Annual Meeting and the 57th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), 239 9 - 23 9 9Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29 (69A) : Taylor & Francis :

MUNT M, HOOKER JJ, BREWER P (2009) ‘That lower jaw’ and the contribution of William Darwin Fox to the discovery of Eocene mammals from the Isle of Wight. Proceedings of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society, 24 : 36 - 41.

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S (2008) Additional specimens of the oldest wombat Rhizophascolonus crowcrofti (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from the Wipajiri Formation, South Australia: an intermediate morphology?. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 28 (4) : 1144 - 1148. doi: 10.1671/0272-4634-28.4.1144

BREWER P, ARCHER M, HAND S, GODTHELP H (2007) A NEW SPECIES OF THE WOMBAT WARENDJA FROM LATE MIOCENE DEPOSITS AT RIVERSLEIGH, NORTH-WEST QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. Palaeontology, 50 (4) : 811 - 828. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00678.x

Brewer P (2007) New record of Warendja wakefieldi (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from Wombeyan Caves, New South Wales. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 31 (2) : 153 - 171. doi: 10.1080/03115510701305132

Brewer P (2007) Additional specimens of Rhizophascolonus crowcrofti (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from the Wipajiri Formation, South Australia. London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN) conference in London,

ARCHER M, ARENA DA, BASSAROVA M, BECK RM, BLACK K, BOLES WE, BREWER P, COOKE BN, CROSBY K, GILLESPIE A, GODTHELP H, HAND SJ, KEAR BP, LOUYS J, MORRELL A, MUIRHEAD J, ROBERTS KK, SCANLON JD, TRAVOUILLON KJ, WROE S (2006) Current status of species-level representation in faunas from selected fossil localities in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 30 (sup1) : 1 - 17. doi: 10.1080/03115510609506851

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S, Godthelp H (2005) A new genus and species of primitive wombat from the Riversleigh World Heritage Property in northwestern Queensland, Australia. 53rd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy,

Brewer P (2003) Fossil wombats. 56 : 9 - 11.

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S, Godthelp H (2003) Oligo-Miocene wombats from the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in northwestern Queensland. Conference for Australasian Vertebrate Evolution and Palaeontology,

Brewer P, Currant A (null) Inside the cupboards of the African fossil mammal collection at the Natural History Museum (London). 52nd Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Palaeontological Association Newsletter 46 - 46.

Courses taught

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
11/2017.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
2/2017.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
2/2016.

Second year: Geology
, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
1/2010 - 1/2012.

Supervision

Master's Co supervisor(s): Brewer P
Modern wombat teeth: comparisons and phylogenetics
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
1/4/2018 - 1/10/2018.

Master's Co supervisor(s): Brewer P
Taphonomy of fossils found at Qau-el-Kebir, Egypt
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
1/4/2018 - 1/10/2018.

Examiner

External examiner, Doctoral degree (PhD)
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2017

Public Engagement

Internal activities

NHM Live, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 17/8/2017

Media

Articles

El Mercurio, Digitisation of Darwin's fossil mammals, Garcia R, 11/4/2018.

The Guardian, Digitising Darwin's fossil mammals, Kennedy M, 6/4/2018.

The Guardian, Making old bones: Joint Mitnor cave reopens with replica fossils, Kennedy M, 7/8/2017.

Financial Times Magazine, Exhibition of early human history at the Natural History Museum, Cookson C, 31/1/2014.

Introduction

Summary

I am a vertebrate palaeontologist with interests in Australian and South American fossil mammals, Mesozoic mammals, dental evolution in herbivores and the history of science. I have been involved in fieldwork around the world, including opal mines in Australia and excavating extinct ground sloths in South America. Recent projects include: Darwin's Fossil Mammals (researching and digitising) eMesozoic (digitising British Mesozoic vertebrates)

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of New South Wales, Sydney

M.Sci., University College London, London

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Fossil Mammals, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

Assistant Curator, Royal College of Surgeons of England, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2013

Documentation Project Assistant, The British Museum, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2012

Associate Lecturer in Geology, The Open University, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2012

Curator of Mesozoic and Tertiary Mammals, Natural History Museum, London, Palaeontology Department, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2010

Curator/Documentation Officer of African Fossil Mammals, Natural History Museum, London, Palaeontology Department, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2008

Lab Assistant / Demonstrator in Human Anatomy, University College London, United Kingdom, 2007 - 2007

Projects

Grants

Pilot Project: 3D Scanning of Darwin's Fossil Mammals
Role: Principal investigator
Funding: Leche Trust
Total value £2,000 (to Museum £2,000)
Dates: 2018 - on going

Conserving Darwin’s Fossil Mammals
Role: Principal investigator
Total value £5,000 (to Museum £5,000)
Dates: 2018 - on going

Conserving Darwin’s Fossil Mammals
Role: Principal investigator
Total value £5,000 (to Museum £5,000)
Dates: 2018 - on going

The “iron” bones of Seth; a study of the massive funerary fossil collection from Qau el-Kebir
Dates: 2016 - on going

Consultancy

Attenborough’s Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates
BBC
2013 - 2013.

David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D
Sky TV
2013 - 2013.

Fieldwork

Uruguay
2017 - 2017.

Professional activities

Editorships

Associate editor, Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Taylor and Francis, 2016 - on going.

Events

Conference Attendance

Invited Keynote Address, Riversleigh Symposium, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Publications

Publications

Pappa S, Stone R, Brewer P, Ahmed F, Wilmut J, Chamberlain A, Finch A, Brown E (2018) Digital technology restores stolen fossils at Joint Mitnor Cave, Devon. Quaternary Research Association Annual Discussion Meeting, 31 1 - 3 1 1

Pappa S, Stone R, Brewer P, Ahmed F, Wilmut J, Chamberlain A, Finch A, Brown E (2017) Digital technology restores stolen fossils at Joint Mitnor Cave, Devon. 61st Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, 1712 12 - 17 12 12https://www.palass.org/meetings-events/annual-meeting/2017/annual-meeting-2017-london-overview

Pappa S, Adams N, Brewer P, Parfitt S, Carnegie G, Lewis M (2017) Elephant dung, chewed antlers, weathered bones: documenting a unique taphonomic collection. Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 129 9 - 12 9 9

Brewer P (2016) New wombats from Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland, include pouch young. Riversleigh Symposium, 512 12 - 5 12 12

Ward D, Wills S, Bernard E, Brewer P (2016) The Natural History Museum, London, rescue dig at Woodeaton Quarry, Oxfordshire - an update. 60th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association,

Bernard E, Brewer P, Steel L, Chapman S, Stevens L (2016) eMesozoic: British Fossils in the Digital Age. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2610 10 - 26 10 10Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S (2016) New wombats from Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland, include pouch young. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2610 10 - 26 10 10Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Taylor & Francis :

Travouillon K, Brewer P, Portela-Miguez R, Simoes B, Stemmer D (2016) The Pig-footed Bandicoot, extinct but not forgotten: review of its taxonomy and description of a new extinct species. 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society, 259 9 - 25 9 9

Brewer P, Stevens L, Bernard E, Chapman S, Steel L, Taylor A, Douglas L, Godfrey D, Taylor F, Blagoderov V, Hudson L, Smith D, Clery M (2016) eMesozoic: an alternative approach to digitising palaeontological collections. 31st Annual Meeting of Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 206 6 - 20 6 6

Brewer P, Stevens L, Bernard E, Chapman S, Steel L, Smith D, Clery M (null) eMesozoic: digitising historical palaeontological collections. Lyell Meeting 2016 - Palaeoinformatics - The Geological Society, 93 3 - 9 3 3

Parraga J, Wills S, Bernard E, Brewer P, Ward D (2016) A diverse new late Bathonian microvertebrate microvertebrate assemblage from Woodeaton Quarry, Oxfordshire, UK. 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2610 10 - 26 10 10Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36 : Taylor & Francis : 202 - 202.

Bernard E, Brewer P, Wills S, Ward D, Parraga J (2015) Update on work from Woodeaton Quarry, Oxford, UK and the use of volunteers in large scale collection projects. 63rd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 298 8 - 29 8 8

Johnson D, Steel L, Bernard E, Brewer P, Chapman S, Kruszynski R, Nicholson P, Ward D (2015) Fossils of Qau el-Kebir; an ancient Egyptian funerary fossil collection. 63rd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, 298 8 - 29 8 8

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand SJ, Abel R (2015) New genus of primitive wombat (Vombatidae, Marsupialia) from Miocene deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area (Queensland, Australia). PALAEONTOLOGIA ELECTRONICA, 18 (1) :

Beck R, Louys J, Brewer P (null) The skull and skeleton of a larger-bodied diprotodontian marsupial from the late Oligocene of central Australia and the origin of wombats. 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Palaeontology, http://vertpaleo.org/Annual-Meeting/Future-Past-Meetings/SVP-74th-Annual-Meeting-Summary.aspx

Brewer P (2014) Tooth function in wombats. Insights from new taxa from the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in northwestern Queensland. 4th International Palaeontological Congress,

Brewer P (2013) Treasures from the library. The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 95 (3) : 116 - 116. doi: 10.1308/147363506X149579

Brewer P (2012) Treasures from the Museum. The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 94 (9) : 328 - 328. doi: 10.1308/147363512X13448516927062

Morales J, Brewer P, Pickford M (2010) Carnivores (Creodonta and Carnivora) from the basal middle Miocene of Gebel Zelten, Libya, with a note on a large amphicyonid from the middle Miocene of Ngorora, Kenya. Bulletin of the Tethys Geological Society,

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S, Godthelp H (2009) A new genus and species of primitive wombat (Marsupialia) from teh Riversleigh World Heritage Property in northwestern Queensland, Australia. SVP Annual Meeting and the 57th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), 239 9 - 23 9 9Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29 (69A) : Taylor & Francis :

MUNT M, HOOKER JJ, BREWER P (2009) ‘That lower jaw’ and the contribution of William Darwin Fox to the discovery of Eocene mammals from the Isle of Wight. Proceedings of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society, 24 : 36 - 41.

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S (2008) Additional specimens of the oldest wombat Rhizophascolonus crowcrofti (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from the Wipajiri Formation, South Australia: an intermediate morphology?. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 28 (4) : 1144 - 1148. doi: 10.1671/0272-4634-28.4.1144

BREWER P, ARCHER M, HAND S, GODTHELP H (2007) A NEW SPECIES OF THE WOMBAT WARENDJA FROM LATE MIOCENE DEPOSITS AT RIVERSLEIGH, NORTH-WEST QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. Palaeontology, 50 (4) : 811 - 828. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00678.x

Brewer P (2007) New record of Warendja wakefieldi (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from Wombeyan Caves, New South Wales. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 31 (2) : 153 - 171. doi: 10.1080/03115510701305132

Brewer P (2007) Additional specimens of Rhizophascolonus crowcrofti (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from the Wipajiri Formation, South Australia. London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN) conference in London,

ARCHER M, ARENA DA, BASSAROVA M, BECK RM, BLACK K, BOLES WE, BREWER P, COOKE BN, CROSBY K, GILLESPIE A, GODTHELP H, HAND SJ, KEAR BP, LOUYS J, MORRELL A, MUIRHEAD J, ROBERTS KK, SCANLON JD, TRAVOUILLON KJ, WROE S (2006) Current status of species-level representation in faunas from selected fossil localities in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 30 (sup1) : 1 - 17. doi: 10.1080/03115510609506851

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S, Godthelp H (2005) A new genus and species of primitive wombat from the Riversleigh World Heritage Property in northwestern Queensland, Australia. 53rd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy,

Brewer P (2003) Fossil wombats. 56 : 9 - 11.

Brewer P, Archer M, Hand S, Godthelp H (2003) Oligo-Miocene wombats from the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in northwestern Queensland. Conference for Australasian Vertebrate Evolution and Palaeontology,

Brewer P, Currant A (null) Inside the cupboards of the African fossil mammal collection at the Natural History Museum (London). 52nd Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association, Palaeontological Association Newsletter 46 - 46.

Teaching and students

Courses taught

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
11/2017.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
2/2017.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
2/2016.

Second year: Geology
, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
1/2010 - 1/2012.

Supervision

Master's Co supervisor(s): Brewer P
Modern wombat teeth: comparisons and phylogenetics
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
1/4/2018 - 1/10/2018.

Master's Co supervisor(s): Brewer P
Taphonomy of fossils found at Qau-el-Kebir, Egypt
Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
1/4/2018 - 1/10/2018.

Examiner

External examiner, Doctoral degree (PhD)
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2017

Impact and outreach

Public Engagement

Internal activities

NHM Live, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 17/8/2017

Media

Articles

El Mercurio, Digitisation of Darwin's fossil mammals, Garcia R, 11/4/2018.

The Guardian, Digitising Darwin's fossil mammals, Kennedy M, 6/4/2018.

The Guardian, Making old bones: Joint Mitnor cave reopens with replica fossils, Kennedy M, 7/8/2017.

Financial Times Magazine, Exhibition of early human history at the Natural History Museum, Cookson C, 31/1/2014.