Miss Roula Pappa

Curator, Pleistocene Mammals

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Contact: email

Summary

I have 12 years experience in the curation of fossil mammal collections in small local authority, large regional and national museums. Since September 2015 I have been working as a curator in NHM and I am responsible for the British Pleistocene fossil mammals (over 160,000 specimens). It is fascinating to work in NHM and have the opportunity to handle some of the most historically important objects. As a curator, I have deep commitment to raising the public awareness and understanding about the importance of collections and of the science that underpins them. I participate in outreach events such as the Science Uncovered, Scarborough Fossil Festival and Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. Some of my other duties include: Provide support for users on fossil mammal collections; Upgrading documentation and storage of collections; Support various museum projects and departmental projects (e.g. exhibitions and events); Cataloguing, object entry, acquisitions, valuations, loans and enter data into Collections Management System; Assessing destructive sampling application and Managing volunteers. My research focuses on Pleistocene bears. During my PhD I examined the palaeodietary ecology of Pleistocene bears from Britain, in order to understand ursid dietary flexibility in response to changing environments. In order to examine the changing nature of Pleistocene carnivore diet and palaeoecology, I used an innovative technique known as Dental Microwear Analysis. The technique allowed me to examine the abundance, distribution, orientation, size and shape of micro-features on the chewing surface of enamel, which directly reflect the properties of food consumed. Before moving in London I worked for many years in Greece on many excavations and participated on cave expeditions in Greece and abroad.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2016

MSc, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, 2007 - 2010

Degree in Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki

Employment history

Academic

Curator of British Pleistocene Mammals, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing

Visiting teaching staff (Marker), Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Geography, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2014

Curator/Documentation of Mount Carmel Tabun Cave Collection from Israel, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011

Memberships

Palaeontological Association.

Publications

Pappa S, Schreve D, Rivals F (2014) Palaeodietary reconstruction of early Middle Pleistocene Ursus deningeri from Westbury – sub – Mendip (UK) through novel application of microwear analysis..

Tsoukala E, Mol D, Pappa S, Vlachos E, Van LogchemW, Vaxevanopoulos M, Reumer J (2011) Elephas antiquus in Greece: New finds and a reappraisal of older material (Mammalia, Proboscidea, Elephantidae). Quaternary International, 245 (2) : 339 - 349. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.10.008

Pappa S (null) Preliminary morphometrical analysis of Pleistocene bear specimens from cave sites in South-East England.. Quaternary Newsletter. 134 : Quaternary Research Association : 40 - 43.

Course developed

Co developers: Pappa S, Hill , Lister
Moulding and analysis of enamel features microwear and mesowear (Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course), 2016

Introduction

Summary

I have 12 years experience in the curation of fossil mammal collections in small local authority, large regional and national museums. Since September 2015 I have been working as a curator in NHM and I am responsible for the British Pleistocene fossil mammals (over 160,000 specimens). It is fascinating to work in NHM and have the opportunity to handle some of the most historically important objects. As a curator, I have deep commitment to raising the public awareness and understanding about the importance of collections and of the science that underpins them. I participate in outreach events such as the Science Uncovered, Scarborough Fossil Festival and Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. Some of my other duties include: Provide support for users on fossil mammal collections; Upgrading documentation and storage of collections; Support various museum projects and departmental projects (e.g. exhibitions and events); Cataloguing, object entry, acquisitions, valuations, loans and enter data into Collections Management System; Assessing destructive sampling application and Managing volunteers. My research focuses on Pleistocene bears. During my PhD I examined the palaeodietary ecology of Pleistocene bears from Britain, in order to understand ursid dietary flexibility in response to changing environments. In order to examine the changing nature of Pleistocene carnivore diet and palaeoecology, I used an innovative technique known as Dental Microwear Analysis. The technique allowed me to examine the abundance, distribution, orientation, size and shape of micro-features on the chewing surface of enamel, which directly reflect the properties of food consumed. Before moving in London I worked for many years in Greece on many excavations and participated on cave expeditions in Greece and abroad.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2016

MSc, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, 2007 - 2010

Degree in Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki

Employment history

Academic

Curator of British Pleistocene Mammals, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2015 - ongoing

Visiting teaching staff (Marker), Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Geography, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2014

Curator/Documentation of Mount Carmel Tabun Cave Collection from Israel, Natural History Museum, Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2011

Professional activities

Memberships

Palaeontological Association.

Publications

Publications

Pappa S, Schreve D, Rivals F (2014) Palaeodietary reconstruction of early Middle Pleistocene Ursus deningeri from Westbury – sub – Mendip (UK) through novel application of microwear analysis..

Tsoukala E, Mol D, Pappa S, Vlachos E, Van LogchemW, Vaxevanopoulos M, Reumer J (2011) Elephas antiquus in Greece: New finds and a reappraisal of older material (Mammalia, Proboscidea, Elephantidae). Quaternary International, 245 (2) : 339 - 349. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.10.008

Pappa S (null) Preliminary morphometrical analysis of Pleistocene bear specimens from cave sites in South-East England.. Quaternary Newsletter. 134 : Quaternary Research Association : 40 - 43.

Teaching and students

Course developed

Co developers: Pappa S, Hill , Lister
Moulding and analysis of enamel features microwear and mesowear (Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course), 2016