Mr Richard Sabin

Mr Richard Sabin

Collections Manager, Vertebrates

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
Contact: email

Summary

Employment history 2013 – present: Principal Curator (promotion, August 2013) 2011 – 2013: Collections Manager, Vertebrates (SK), Department of Life Sciences, NHM (Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish) 2004 – 2011: Senior Curator, Mammal Group, Department of Zoology, NHM (merit promotion, September 2004) 1992 – 2004: Curator, Mammal Group, Department of Zoology, NHM Job Responsibilities and Expertise Curator of marine mammals, large terrestrial mammals (ungulates), archaeozoology, mammalian genetic resources manager (destructive and invasive sampling), manager of the Department of Zoology's collections at the NHM Outstation and specialist advisor to the NHM's Cetacean Strandings Project. Additional duties: line manage team of 6 curatorial staff; carry out specialist hard tissue identification work for UK and international law enforcement; carry out collections evaluation and report writing for UK/international museums and other organizations. Develop NHM’s National Collection of Cetacea through fieldwork, collections-based research, taxonomic revision and collaborative studies. Science lead for forthcoming 'Whales' temporary exhibition and Central Hall redevelopment. Expertise in identification and analysis of faunal remains (vertebrate/archaeozoology), human osteology, skeletal pathology, osteometry and palaeobiology. Special interests in collection management, environmental management of vertebrate collections, use of the Internet by museums for 'virtual' access, creation of 'virtual' specimens using micro-CT/3D/surface-scanning data, creation of ‘virtual’ collections using novel technologies and remote electronic access to collections data; development of techniques for evaluating and accessing genetic resources held in museum research collections; development of destructive and invasive sampling protocols; public outreach; art/science collaboration; investigation into the effects of different preparation techniques on vertebrate specimens. Currently jointly investigating genetic diversity in large cetaceans as part of a Natural History Museum-funded collections-based project, using ancient DNA techniques to address issues of conservation biology.

Qualifications

Degrees

MA, University of London (UCL), United Kingdom, 1994 - 1996

BA, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, 1989 - 1992

Publications

Barnett R, Yamaguchi N, Shapiro B, Ho SYW, Barnes I, Sabin R, Werdelin L, Cuisin J, Larson G (2014) Revealing the maternal demographic history of Panthera leo using ancient DNA and a spatially explicit genealogical analysis. BMC evolutionary biology, 14 (1): 70 - 70. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-14-70

ANDERUNG C, Danise S, GLOVER AG, HIGGS ND, Jonsson L, SABIN R, Dahlgren TG (2013) A Swedish subfossil find of a bowhead whale from the late Pleistocene: shore displacement, paleoecology in south-west Sweden and the identity of the Swedenborg whale (Balaena swedenborgii Liljeborg). Historical Biology: An International Journal of Paleobiology, 26 (1): 58 - 68. doi: 10.1080/08912963.2012.757605

Guschanski K, Krause J, Sawyer S, Valente LM, Bailey S, Finstermeier K, SABIN R, Gilissen E, Sonet G, Nagy ZT, Lenglet G, Mayer F, Savolainen V (2013) Next-generation museomics disentangles one of the largest primate radiations. Systematic Biology, 62 (4): 539 - 554. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syt018

Ryan C, McHugh B, Trueman CN, SABIN R, Deaville R, Harrod C, Berrow SD, O’Connor I (2013) Stable isotope analysis of baleen reveals resource partitioning among sympatric rorquals and population structure in fin whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 479 : 251 - 261.

Kimura B, Marshall FB, Chen S, Rosenbom S, Moehlman PD, Tuross N, SABIN RC, Peters J, Barich B, Yohannes H, Kebede F, Teclai R, Beja-Pereira A, Mulligan CJ (2011) Ancient DNA from Nubian and Somali wild ass provides insights into donkey ancestry and domestication. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 278 (1702): 50 - 57. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0708

Sabin RC (2011) The Thames Whale: The Difficult Birth of a Celebrity Specimen. , Alberti SJMM, The Afterlives of Animals., pp. 186 - 201. University of Virginia Press.

JADUBANSA P, SABIN RC (2009) Detection and enumeration of potentially zoonotic bacteria on a cetacean specimen during maceration. Collection Forum, 23 : 11 - 17.

Stringer CB, Finlayson JC, Barton RNE, Fernández-Jalvo Y, Cáceres I, Sabin RC, Rhodes EJ, Currant AP, Rodríguez-Vidal J, Giles-Pacheco F, others (2008) Neanderthal exploitation of marine mammals in Gibraltar. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105 (38): 14319 - 14324. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0805474105

Barnett R, Yamaguchi N, Shapiro B, SABIN RC (2008) Ancient DNA analysis indicates the first English lions originated from North Africa. Contributions to Zoology, 77 : 7 - 16.

Canning SJ, Santos MB, Reid RJ, Evans PGH, SABIN RC, Bailey N, Pierce GJ (2008) Seasonal distribution of white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) in UK waters with new information on diet and habitat use. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 8 : 1159 - 1166.

SABIN RC (2006) UK Cetacean Strandings Project. , , Burning Ice: Art and Climate Change. [To accompany The Ship exhibition, at the Natural History Museum.].. Cape Farewell. London. `176 pp.

O’Regan HJ, Turner A, SABIN RC (2005) Medieval big cat remains from the Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 15 : 1 - 10.

SABIN R (2004) The National Whale Stranding Recording Scheme. Mammal News, 140 : 12 - 13.

SABIN R (2004) From the Palaeolithic to the Present Day: The Research Value of Marine Mammal Remains from Archaeological Contexts and the Uses of Contemporary Museum Reference Collections. , Monks GG, The Exploitation and Cultural Importance of Sea Mammals. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the International Council of Archaeozoology, Durham, August 2002., pp. 1 - 5. Oxbow Books. Oxford, UK.

Sabin RC, Bendrey R, Riddler I (1999) Twelfth-century Porpoise Remains from Dover and Canterbury.. Archaeological Journal, 156 (1): 363 - 370. doi: 10.1080/00665983.1999.11078911

Highlighted publications

Guschanski K, Krause J, Sawyer S, Valente LM, Bailey S, et al (2013) Next-generation museomics disentangles one of the largest primate radiations. Systematic Biology, 62 (4): 539 - 554. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syt018

Kimura B, Marshall FB, Chen S, Rosenbom S, Moehlman PD, et al (2011) Ancient DNA from Nubian and Somali wild ass provides insights into donkey ancestry and domestication. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 278 (1702): 50 - 57. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0708

Sabin RC (2011) The Thames Whale: The Difficult Birth of a Celebrity Specimen. , Alberti SJMM, The Afterlives of Animals., pp. 186 - 201. University of Virginia Press.

Stringer CB, Finlayson JC, Barton RNE, Fernández-Jalvo Y, Cáceres I, et al (2008) Neanderthal exploitation of marine mammals in Gibraltar. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105 (38): 14319 - 14324. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0805474105