Dr Robert Prys-Jones

Dr Robert Prys-Jones

Scientific Associate - Vertebrates

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
Phone: 020-7942-6153

Summary

Responsible for all non-fossil bird collections in the Natural History Museum and for their associated staff. Organise and participate in the Bird Group collections management programme, the provision of access to the bird collections and the communication of information and advice concerning them. Undertake and supervise collections-based research aimed at developing techniques to improve the quality of data associated with museum specimens and, where necessary, to establish the reliability of existing specimen data.

Qualifications

Degrees

DPhil, Oxford University, United Kingdom, 1970 - 1977

BSc (Hons), Nottingham University, United Kingdom, 1967 - 1970

Employment history

Academic

Bird Collections Manager, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, GBR, 1992 - ongoing

Head of Estuaries Unit, British Trust for Ornithology, United Kingdom, 1987 - 1992

Lecturer, University of Cape Town, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, South Africa, 1982 - 1987

Research Fellow, Stirling University, Department of Biology, United Kingdom, 1980 - 1982

Research Fellow, Queensland University, Department of Zoology, Australia, 1979 - 1980

Royal Society Research Assistant, Aldabra Research Station, Seychelles, 1974 - 1978

Publications

Varley Z, Cooper JH, Prys-jones RP (2016) Rediscovery of a long misattributed and misidentified Darwin Beagle bird specimen. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 136 : 69 - 72.

Prys-jones RP (2015) Daniel Giraud Elliot: a Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or birds of paradise, In: Rare Treasures from the Library of the Natural History Museum, Magee J (Eds). Natural History Museum : London. 204 - 209.

Jackson H, Strubbe D, Tollington S, Prys-jones R, Matthysen E, Groombridge JJ (2015) Ancestral origins and invasion pathways in a globally invasive bird correlate with climate and influences from bird trade. Molecular Ecology, 24 (16) : 4269 - 4285. doi: 10.1111/mec.13307

Cox SC, Prys-jones RP, Habel JC, Amakobe BA, Day JJ (2014) Niche divergence promotes rapid diversification of East African sky island white-eyes (Aves: Zosteropidae). Molecular Ecology, 23 (16) : 4103 - 4118. doi: 10.1111/mec.12840

Collar NJ, Prys-jones RP (2014) Lophura ignita macartneyi revisited. FORKTAIL, 135 - 138.

Prys-jones RP, Russell DGD, Wright S (2014) Rediscovery of the syntypes of California Quail Tetrao californicus Shaw, 1798, and comments on the current labelling of the holotype of California Condor Vultur californianus Shaw, 1797. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 134 : 286 - 290.

Bristol RM, Tucker R, Dawson DA, Horsburgh G, Prys-jones RP, Frantz AC, Krupa A, Shah NJ, Burke T, Groombridge JJ (2013) Comparison of historical bottleneck effects and genetic consequences of re-introduction in a critically endangered island passerine. Molecular Ecology, 22 (18) : 4644 - 4662. doi: 10.1111/mec.12429

Collar NJ, Prys-jones RP (2013) Pioneer of Asian Ornithology: Alfred Russel Wallace. BirdingASIA, 20 : 15 - 29.

Collar NJ, Prys-jones RP (2012) Pioneer of Asian Ornithology: Allan Octavian Hume. BirdingASIA, 17 : 17 - 43.

Hill A, Guralnick R, Smith A, Sallans A, Gillespie R, Denslow M, Gross J, Murrell Z, Conyers T, Oboyski P, Ball J, Thomer A, Prys-jones R, De laTorreJ, Kociolek P, Fortson L (2012) The notes from nature tool for unlocking biodiversity records from museum records through citizen science. ZooKeys, 209 : 219 - 233. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3472

Kundu S, Jones CG, Prys-jones RP, Groombridge JJ (2012) The evolution of the Indian Ocean parrots (Psittaciformes): Extinction, adaptive radiation and eustacy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62 (1) : 296 - 305. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.09.025

Paredes UM, Prys-jones R, Adams M, Groombridge J, Kundu S, Agapow P-M, 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

Warren BH, Bermingham E, Bourgeois Y, Estep LK, Prys-jones RP, Strasberg D, Thébaud C (2012) HYBRIDIZATION AND BARRIERS TO GENE FLOW IN AN ISLAND BIRD RADIATION. Evolution, 66 (5) : 1490 - 1505. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01550.x

Zuccon D, Prŷs-jones R, Rasmussen PC, Ericson PGP (2012) The phylogenetic relationships and generic limits of finches (Fringillidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62 (2) : 581 - 596. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.002

Graves GR, Prys-jones RP (2011) Rediscovery of the holotype of Trochilus maria Gosse, 1849 (Aves: Apodiformes: Trochilidae). ZOOTAXA, 59 - 63.

Prys-jones RP (2011) Type specimens of the Imperial Woodpecker campephilus imperialis (Gould, 1832). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 131 : 256 - 260.

Prys-jones R (2011) Obituary - Beryl Patricia Hall (nee Woodhouse), 1917-2010. Ibis, 153 : 913 - 914.

Prys-jones R (2011) The case of the Large-billed Reed Warbler: museum collections shed light on an unknown species. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 131 :

Prys-jones R (2011) Project BioMap: documenting the global museum resource of Columbian birds for research and conservation. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 131 :

Prys-jones R, Cleere N (2010) The type specimen of Bonin Grosbeak Chaunoproctus ferreorostris. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 130 :

Svensson LARS, Prys-jones ROBERT, Rasmussen PAMELAC, Olsson URBAN (2010) The identification and distribution of the enigmatic Large-billed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orinus. Ibis, 152 (2) : 323 - 334. doi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2009.01004.x

Warren BH, Strasberg D, Bruggemann JH, Prys-jones RP, Thébaud C (2010) Why does the biota of the Madagascar region have such a strong Asiatic flavour?. Cladistics, 26 (5) : 526 - 538. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2009.00300.x

Groombridge JJ, Dawson DA, Burke T, Prys-jones R, Brooke MDL, Shah N (2009) Evaluating the demographic history of the Seychelles kestrel (Falco araea): Genetic evidence for recovery from a population bottleneck following minimal conservation management. Biological Conservation, 142 (10) : 2250 - 2257. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.04.026

Bantock TRISTANM, Prys-jones ROBERTP, Lee PATRICIALM (2008) New and improved molecular sexing methods for museum bird specimens. Molecular Ecology Resources, 8 (3) : 519 - 528. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01999.x

Lee PATRICIALM, Prys-jones ROBERTP (2008) Extracting DNA from museum bird eggs, and whole genome amplification of archive DNA. Molecular Ecology Resources, 8 (3) : 551 - 560. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.02042.x

Svensson L, Prŷs-jones R, Rasmussen PC, Olsson U (2008) Discovery of ten new specimens of large-billed reed warbler Acrocephalus orinus , and new insights into its distributional range. Journal of Avian Biology, 39 (6) : 605 - 610. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2008.04634.x

Prys-jones R (2007) Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler and Meinertzhagen: a case of long-distance fraud. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 127 : 170 - 171.

Frahnert S, Van denElzenR, Prys-jones R (2006) Towards a global catalogue of bird-types, or how to link information on museum specimens. JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, 147 (5) : 284 - 285.

Warren BENH, Bermingham ELDREDGE, Prys-jones ROBERTP, Thébaud CHRISTOPHE (2006) Immigration, species radiation and extinction in a highly diverse songbird lineage: white-eyes on Indian Ocean islands. Molecular Ecology, 15 (12) : 3769 - 3786. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2006.03058.x

Cranbrook Earlof, Hills DM, Mccarthy CJ, Prys-jones R (2005) A. R. Wallace, collector: tracing his vertebrate specimens. Part I., In: Wallace in Sarawak - 150 years later., Tuen AA, Das I (Eds). Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak : Sarawak. 8 - 34.

Hume JP, Prys-jones RP (2005) New discoveries from old sources, with reference to the original bird and mammal fauna of the Mascarene Islands, Indian Ocean. Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden, 79 : 85 - 95.

Prys-jones RP (2005) The ornithology of the other Captain Cook. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 125 :

Rasmussen PC, Prys-jones RP (2005) The impact of scientific fraud on South Asian ornithology, and the importance of specimens for fraud detection. Abstracts of the 123rd stated meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union, 136 - 137.

Warren BENH, Bermingham ELDREDGE, Prys-jones ROBERTP, Thebaud CHRISTOPHE (2005) Tracking island colonization history and phenotypic shifts in Indian Ocean bulbuls (Hypsipetes: Pycnonotidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 85 (3) : 271 - 287. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00492.x

Prys-jones R (2004) Will museums matter? - bird collections in the twenty-first century. 137 (Tagungsband) : :

Introduction

Summary

Responsible for all non-fossil bird collections in the Natural History Museum and for their associated staff. Organise and participate in the Bird Group collections management programme, the provision of access to the bird collections and the communication of information and advice concerning them. Undertake and supervise collections-based research aimed at developing techniques to improve the quality of data associated with museum specimens and, where necessary, to establish the reliability of existing specimen data.

Qualifications

Degrees

DPhil, Oxford University, United Kingdom, 1970 - 1977

BSc (Hons), Nottingham University, United Kingdom, 1967 - 1970

Employment history

Academic

Bird Collections Manager, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, GBR, 1992 - ongoing

Head of Estuaries Unit, British Trust for Ornithology, United Kingdom, 1987 - 1992

Lecturer, University of Cape Town, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, South Africa, 1982 - 1987

Research Fellow, Stirling University, Department of Biology, United Kingdom, 1980 - 1982

Research Fellow, Queensland University, Department of Zoology, Australia, 1979 - 1980

Royal Society Research Assistant, Aldabra Research Station, Seychelles, 1974 - 1978

Publications

Publications

Varley Z, Cooper JH, Prys-jones RP (2016) Rediscovery of a long misattributed and misidentified Darwin Beagle bird specimen. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 136 : 69 - 72.

Prys-jones RP (2015) Daniel Giraud Elliot: a Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or birds of paradise, In: Rare Treasures from the Library of the Natural History Museum, Magee J (Eds). Natural History Museum : London. 204 - 209.

Jackson H, Strubbe D, Tollington S, Prys-jones R, Matthysen E, Groombridge JJ (2015) Ancestral origins and invasion pathways in a globally invasive bird correlate with climate and influences from bird trade. Molecular Ecology, 24 (16) : 4269 - 4285. doi: 10.1111/mec.13307

Cox SC, Prys-jones RP, Habel JC, Amakobe BA, Day JJ (2014) Niche divergence promotes rapid diversification of East African sky island white-eyes (Aves: Zosteropidae). Molecular Ecology, 23 (16) : 4103 - 4118. doi: 10.1111/mec.12840

Collar NJ, Prys-jones RP (2014) Lophura ignita macartneyi revisited. FORKTAIL, 135 - 138.

Prys-jones RP, Russell DGD, Wright S (2014) Rediscovery of the syntypes of California Quail Tetrao californicus Shaw, 1798, and comments on the current labelling of the holotype of California Condor Vultur californianus Shaw, 1797. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 134 : 286 - 290.

Bristol RM, Tucker R, Dawson DA, Horsburgh G, Prys-jones RP, Frantz AC, Krupa A, Shah NJ, Burke T, Groombridge JJ (2013) Comparison of historical bottleneck effects and genetic consequences of re-introduction in a critically endangered island passerine. Molecular Ecology, 22 (18) : 4644 - 4662. doi: 10.1111/mec.12429

Collar NJ, Prys-jones RP (2013) Pioneer of Asian Ornithology: Alfred Russel Wallace. BirdingASIA, 20 : 15 - 29.

Collar NJ, Prys-jones RP (2012) Pioneer of Asian Ornithology: Allan Octavian Hume. BirdingASIA, 17 : 17 - 43.

Hill A, Guralnick R, Smith A, Sallans A, Gillespie R, Denslow M, Gross J, Murrell Z, Conyers T, Oboyski P, Ball J, Thomer A, Prys-jones R, De laTorreJ, Kociolek P, Fortson L (2012) The notes from nature tool for unlocking biodiversity records from museum records through citizen science. ZooKeys, 209 : 219 - 233. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3472

Kundu S, Jones CG, Prys-jones RP, Groombridge JJ (2012) The evolution of the Indian Ocean parrots (Psittaciformes): Extinction, adaptive radiation and eustacy. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62 (1) : 296 - 305. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.09.025

Paredes UM, Prys-jones R, Adams M, Groombridge J, Kundu S, Agapow P-M, 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

Warren BH, Bermingham E, Bourgeois Y, Estep LK, Prys-jones RP, Strasberg D, Thébaud C (2012) HYBRIDIZATION AND BARRIERS TO GENE FLOW IN AN ISLAND BIRD RADIATION. Evolution, 66 (5) : 1490 - 1505. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01550.x

Zuccon D, Prŷs-jones R, Rasmussen PC, Ericson PGP (2012) The phylogenetic relationships and generic limits of finches (Fringillidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62 (2) : 581 - 596. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.002

Graves GR, Prys-jones RP (2011) Rediscovery of the holotype of Trochilus maria Gosse, 1849 (Aves: Apodiformes: Trochilidae). ZOOTAXA, 59 - 63.

Prys-jones RP (2011) Type specimens of the Imperial Woodpecker campephilus imperialis (Gould, 1832). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 131 : 256 - 260.

Prys-jones R (2011) Obituary - Beryl Patricia Hall (nee Woodhouse), 1917-2010. Ibis, 153 : 913 - 914.

Prys-jones R (2011) The case of the Large-billed Reed Warbler: museum collections shed light on an unknown species. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 131 :

Prys-jones R (2011) Project BioMap: documenting the global museum resource of Columbian birds for research and conservation. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 131 :

Prys-jones R, Cleere N (2010) The type specimen of Bonin Grosbeak Chaunoproctus ferreorostris. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 130 :

Svensson LARS, Prys-jones ROBERT, Rasmussen PAMELAC, Olsson URBAN (2010) The identification and distribution of the enigmatic Large-billed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orinus. Ibis, 152 (2) : 323 - 334. doi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2009.01004.x

Warren BH, Strasberg D, Bruggemann JH, Prys-jones RP, Thébaud C (2010) Why does the biota of the Madagascar region have such a strong Asiatic flavour?. Cladistics, 26 (5) : 526 - 538. doi: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2009.00300.x

Groombridge JJ, Dawson DA, Burke T, Prys-jones R, Brooke MDL, Shah N (2009) Evaluating the demographic history of the Seychelles kestrel (Falco araea): Genetic evidence for recovery from a population bottleneck following minimal conservation management. Biological Conservation, 142 (10) : 2250 - 2257. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.04.026

Bantock TRISTANM, Prys-jones ROBERTP, Lee PATRICIALM (2008) New and improved molecular sexing methods for museum bird specimens. Molecular Ecology Resources, 8 (3) : 519 - 528. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01999.x

Lee PATRICIALM, Prys-jones ROBERTP (2008) Extracting DNA from museum bird eggs, and whole genome amplification of archive DNA. Molecular Ecology Resources, 8 (3) : 551 - 560. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.02042.x

Svensson L, Prŷs-jones R, Rasmussen PC, Olsson U (2008) Discovery of ten new specimens of large-billed reed warbler Acrocephalus orinus , and new insights into its distributional range. Journal of Avian Biology, 39 (6) : 605 - 610. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2008.04634.x

Prys-jones R (2007) Gray’s Grasshopper Warbler and Meinertzhagen: a case of long-distance fraud. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 127 : 170 - 171.

Frahnert S, Van denElzenR, Prys-jones R (2006) Towards a global catalogue of bird-types, or how to link information on museum specimens. JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, 147 (5) : 284 - 285.

Warren BENH, Bermingham ELDREDGE, Prys-jones ROBERTP, Thébaud CHRISTOPHE (2006) Immigration, species radiation and extinction in a highly diverse songbird lineage: white-eyes on Indian Ocean islands. Molecular Ecology, 15 (12) : 3769 - 3786. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2006.03058.x

Cranbrook Earlof, Hills DM, Mccarthy CJ, Prys-jones R (2005) A. R. Wallace, collector: tracing his vertebrate specimens. Part I., In: Wallace in Sarawak - 150 years later., Tuen AA, Das I (Eds). Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak : Sarawak. 8 - 34.

Hume JP, Prys-jones RP (2005) New discoveries from old sources, with reference to the original bird and mammal fauna of the Mascarene Islands, Indian Ocean. Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden, 79 : 85 - 95.

Prys-jones RP (2005) The ornithology of the other Captain Cook. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 125 :

Rasmussen PC, Prys-jones RP (2005) The impact of scientific fraud on South Asian ornithology, and the importance of specimens for fraud detection. Abstracts of the 123rd stated meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union, 136 - 137.

Warren BENH, Bermingham ELDREDGE, Prys-jones ROBERTP, Thebaud CHRISTOPHE (2005) Tracking island colonization history and phenotypic shifts in Indian Ocean bulbuls (Hypsipetes: Pycnonotidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 85 (3) : 271 - 287. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2005.00492.x

Prys-jones R (2004) Will museums matter? - bird collections in the twenty-first century. 137 (Tagungsband) : :