Mr Roberto Portela Miguez

Mr Roberto Portela Miguez

Senior Curator in Charge, Mammals

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

Specialisms

Curation, History of Collections, Mammal collections, Marsupials, Monotremes, Taxidermy, Wet Curation

Summary

As Senior Curator in Charge of Mammals, my responsibilities involve the management of the dry and spirit collections of the Mammal Section. I also assist with the answering of enquiries, dealing with loan requests and the supervision of visitors in relation to the group under my care. My current projects are: 1. Museum genomics Project: Chaeropus ecaudatus New Generation Sequencing The pig-footed bandicoot, was a small marsupial of the arid and semi-arid plains of Australia. The last specimen of this poorly known species was taken in 1901, and is now considered to be extinct. I aim to explore the potential of New Generation sequencing to increase our understanding of this species. 2. Digitising and consolidation of Monotreme and Marsupial collections. In the interest of increasing access to the monotreme and marsupial collections these will be reorganised taxonomically, improving their storage conditions, and databasing them in the process. On addition this will also give us the opportunity to collect the data and samples required to conduct a systematic revision of the genus Zaglossus, Long-beaked echidnas. 3. I am also interested in increasing our knowledge and understanding of lemur-plant interactions.Dr Sven Buerki and I aim established a botanical framework to assess lemurs' diets and seed dispersal capacities. This project is funded by National Geographic 4. Georeferencing the mammal types. Dr Cooper and I are georeferencing our collections of mammal types to investigate similarities and differences between our locality records are to those in the IUCN. Our data also provide a unique opportunity to investigate species range shifts due to anthropogenic change.

Qualifications

Degrees

BA, University of Vigo, Spain, 1995 - 2001

Employment history

Academic

Senior Curator in Charge of Mammals, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Senior Curator, Mammal Section, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2017

Curator, Mammal Section, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2016

Curator, Mollusca and Lower Invertebrates Sections, Natural History Museum, Zoology Department, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2007

Curatorial Assistant, Reptiles, Fish and Amphibians Division, Natural History Museum, Zoology Department, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2006

Non-academic

Darwin Centre Guide, Natural History Museum, Learning, 2004 - 2005

Highlighted publications

Buerki S, Portela Miguez R (2018) Museum collections are the key to studying lemurs’ diet: gastrointestinal morphology of Cheirogaleus major. Systematics and Biodiversity, 16 (5) : 483 - 487. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2018.1430708

Meloro C, Hunter J, Tomsett L, Portela Miguez R, Prevosti FJ, et al. (2017) Evolutionary ecomorphology of the Falkland Islands wolf Dusicyon australis. Mammal Review, 47 (2) : 159 - 163. doi: 10.1111/mam.12085

Soisook P, Struebig MJ, Noerfahmy S, Bernard H, Maryanto I, et al. (2015) Description of a New Species of the Rhinolophus trifoliatus -Group (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) from Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 17 (1) : 21 - 36. doi: 10.3161/15081109ACC2015.17.1.002

Helgen KM, Portela Miguez R, Kohen J, Helgen L (2012) Twentieth century occurrence of the Long-Beaked Echidna Zaglossus bruijnii in the Kimberley region of Australia. ZooKeys, 255 : 103 - 132. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.255.3774

Clark PF, Campbell P, Smith B, Rainbow PS, Pearce D, et al (2008) The commercial exploitation of Thames Mitten Crabs: A Feasibility Study.

Portela Miguez R (2006) The Spirit of the Museum. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter, 25 - 28.

Grants

A botanical framework to assess lemurs' diets and seed dispersal capacities
Role: Principal investigatorBuerki S
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: National Geographic Society
Total value £18,600 (to Museum £18,600)

Fieldwork

Timor-Leste
2017 - 2017.

Madagascar
2017 - 2017.

Vietnam
2012 - 2012.

UK
2006 - 2007.

UK
2004 - on going.

Committees

Advisor to Editorial Committee, Real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural, 2014 - on going.

Secretary, Natural Sciences Collections Association, 2014 - on going.

Publications

Buerki S, Portela Miguez R (2018) Museum collections are the key to studying lemurs’ diet: gastrointestinal morphology of Cheirogaleus major. Systematics and Biodiversity, 16 (5) : 483 - 487. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2018.1430708

Meloro C, Hunter J, Tomsett L, Portela Miguez R, Prevosti FJ, Brown RP (2017) Evolutionary ecomorphology of the Falkland Islands wolf Dusicyon australis. Mammal Review, 47 (2) : 159 - 163. doi: 10.1111/mam.12085

Livingstone BN, Cooper JE, Viscardi P, Maybury K, Goodship A, Portela Miguez R (2017) Case Studies - Museums and Zoological Collections. Studies on the skeleton of 'Guy' at the NHM., In: Gorilla Pathology and Health With a Catalogue of Preserved Materials, Academic Press : 666.

Soisook P, Struebig MJ, Noerfahmy S, Bernard H, Maryanto I, Chen S-F, Rossiter SJ, Kuo H-C, Deshpande K, Bates PJJ, Sykes D, Miguez RP (2015) Description of a New Species of the Rhinolophus trifoliatus -Group (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) from Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 17 (1) : 21 - 36. doi: 10.3161/15081109ACC2015.17.1.002

Helgen KM, Portela Miguez R, Kohen J, Helgen L (2012) Twentieth century occurrence of the Long-Beaked Echidna Zaglossus bruijnii in the Kimberley region of Australia. ZooKeys, 255 : 103 - 132. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.255.3774

Clark PF, Campbell P, Smith B, Pearce D, Portela Miguez R (2008) Technical Report: The commercial exploitation of Thames mitten crabs: a feasibility study., In: A report for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by the Department of Zoology: DEFRA references FGE 274. Natural History Museum: London,1-81, appendices 1-6.

Clark PF, Campbell P, Smith B, Rainbow PS, Pearce D, Portela Miguez R (2008) The commercial exploitation of Thames Mitten Crabs: A Feasibility Study.

Portela Miguez R (2006) The Spirit of the Museum. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter, 25 - 28.

Contributed Publications

Livingstone BN, Cooper JE, Viscardi P, Maybury K, Goodship A, Portela Miguez R (2017) Case Studies - Museums and Zoological Collections. Studies on the skeleton of 'Guy' at the NHM., In: Gorilla Pathology and Health With a Catalogue of Preserved Materials, Academic Press : 666.

Courses taught

MRes: Working with Collections

10/2016.

MRes: Working with Collections

10/2015.

Postgraduate: Working with Collections
10/2014.

Postgraduate: Working with Collections
10/2013.

Supervision

Lead supervisor to Sartorius A
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Marsupial type distributions and IUCN Red List maps.

Introduction

Summary

As Senior Curator in Charge of Mammals, my responsibilities involve the management of the dry and spirit collections of the Mammal Section. I also assist with the answering of enquiries, dealing with loan requests and the supervision of visitors in relation to the group under my care. My current projects are: 1. Museum genomics Project: Chaeropus ecaudatus New Generation Sequencing The pig-footed bandicoot, was a small marsupial of the arid and semi-arid plains of Australia. The last specimen of this poorly known species was taken in 1901, and is now considered to be extinct. I aim to explore the potential of New Generation sequencing to increase our understanding of this species. 2. Digitising and consolidation of Monotreme and Marsupial collections. In the interest of increasing access to the monotreme and marsupial collections these will be reorganised taxonomically, improving their storage conditions, and databasing them in the process. On addition this will also give us the opportunity to collect the data and samples required to conduct a systematic revision of the genus Zaglossus, Long-beaked echidnas. 3. I am also interested in increasing our knowledge and understanding of lemur-plant interactions.Dr Sven Buerki and I aim established a botanical framework to assess lemurs' diets and seed dispersal capacities. This project is funded by National Geographic 4. Georeferencing the mammal types. Dr Cooper and I are georeferencing our collections of mammal types to investigate similarities and differences between our locality records are to those in the IUCN. Our data also provide a unique opportunity to investigate species range shifts due to anthropogenic change.

Qualifications

Degrees

BA, University of Vigo, Spain, 1995 - 2001

Employment history

Academic

Senior Curator in Charge of Mammals, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Senior Curator, Mammal Section, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2017

Curator, Mammal Section, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2016

Curator, Mollusca and Lower Invertebrates Sections, Natural History Museum, Zoology Department, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2007

Curatorial Assistant, Reptiles, Fish and Amphibians Division, Natural History Museum, Zoology Department, United Kingdom, 2005 - 2006

Non-academic

Darwin Centre Guide, Natural History Museum, Learning, 2004 - 2005

Highlighted publications

Buerki S, Portela Miguez R (2018) Museum collections are the key to studying lemurs’ diet: gastrointestinal morphology of Cheirogaleus major. Systematics and Biodiversity, 16 (5) : 483 - 487. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2018.1430708

Meloro C, Hunter J, Tomsett L, Portela Miguez R, Prevosti FJ, et al. (2017) Evolutionary ecomorphology of the Falkland Islands wolf Dusicyon australis. Mammal Review, 47 (2) : 159 - 163. doi: 10.1111/mam.12085

Soisook P, Struebig MJ, Noerfahmy S, Bernard H, Maryanto I, et al. (2015) Description of a New Species of the Rhinolophus trifoliatus -Group (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) from Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 17 (1) : 21 - 36. doi: 10.3161/15081109ACC2015.17.1.002

Helgen KM, Portela Miguez R, Kohen J, Helgen L (2012) Twentieth century occurrence of the Long-Beaked Echidna Zaglossus bruijnii in the Kimberley region of Australia. ZooKeys, 255 : 103 - 132. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.255.3774

Clark PF, Campbell P, Smith B, Rainbow PS, Pearce D, et al (2008) The commercial exploitation of Thames Mitten Crabs: A Feasibility Study.

Portela Miguez R (2006) The Spirit of the Museum. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter, 25 - 28.

Projects

Grants

A botanical framework to assess lemurs' diets and seed dispersal capacities
Role: Principal investigatorBuerki S
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: National Geographic Society
Total value £18,600 (to Museum £18,600)

Fieldwork

Timor-Leste
2017 - 2017.

Madagascar
2017 - 2017.

Vietnam
2012 - 2012.

UK
2006 - 2007.

UK
2004 - on going.

Professional activities

Committees

Advisor to Editorial Committee, Real Sociedad Española de Historia Natural, 2014 - on going.

Secretary, Natural Sciences Collections Association, 2014 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Buerki S, Portela Miguez R (2018) Museum collections are the key to studying lemurs’ diet: gastrointestinal morphology of Cheirogaleus major. Systematics and Biodiversity, 16 (5) : 483 - 487. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2018.1430708

Meloro C, Hunter J, Tomsett L, Portela Miguez R, Prevosti FJ, Brown RP (2017) Evolutionary ecomorphology of the Falkland Islands wolf Dusicyon australis. Mammal Review, 47 (2) : 159 - 163. doi: 10.1111/mam.12085

Livingstone BN, Cooper JE, Viscardi P, Maybury K, Goodship A, Portela Miguez R (2017) Case Studies - Museums and Zoological Collections. Studies on the skeleton of 'Guy' at the NHM., In: Gorilla Pathology and Health With a Catalogue of Preserved Materials, Academic Press : 666.

Soisook P, Struebig MJ, Noerfahmy S, Bernard H, Maryanto I, Chen S-F, Rossiter SJ, Kuo H-C, Deshpande K, Bates PJJ, Sykes D, Miguez RP (2015) Description of a New Species of the Rhinolophus trifoliatus -Group (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae) from Southeast Asia. Acta Chiropterologica, 17 (1) : 21 - 36. doi: 10.3161/15081109ACC2015.17.1.002

Helgen KM, Portela Miguez R, Kohen J, Helgen L (2012) Twentieth century occurrence of the Long-Beaked Echidna Zaglossus bruijnii in the Kimberley region of Australia. ZooKeys, 255 : 103 - 132. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.255.3774

Clark PF, Campbell P, Smith B, Pearce D, Portela Miguez R (2008) Technical Report: The commercial exploitation of Thames mitten crabs: a feasibility study., In: A report for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by the Department of Zoology: DEFRA references FGE 274. Natural History Museum: London,1-81, appendices 1-6.

Clark PF, Campbell P, Smith B, Rainbow PS, Pearce D, Portela Miguez R (2008) The commercial exploitation of Thames Mitten Crabs: A Feasibility Study.

Portela Miguez R (2006) The Spirit of the Museum. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter, 25 - 28.

Contributed Publications

Livingstone BN, Cooper JE, Viscardi P, Maybury K, Goodship A, Portela Miguez R (2017) Case Studies - Museums and Zoological Collections. Studies on the skeleton of 'Guy' at the NHM., In: Gorilla Pathology and Health With a Catalogue of Preserved Materials, Academic Press : 666.

Teaching and students

Courses taught

MRes: Working with Collections

10/2016.

MRes: Working with Collections

10/2015.

Postgraduate: Working with Collections
10/2014.

Postgraduate: Working with Collections
10/2013.

Supervision

Lead supervisor to Sartorius A
Co supervisor(s): Cooper N
Marsupial type distributions and IUCN Red List maps.