Miss Zoe Hughes

Miss Zoe Hughes

Curator of Fossil Invertebrates

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Invertebrates and Plants Palaeobiology
Phone: 020 7942 5470
Brachiopod and Cephalopod curator's collections blog

Specialisms

Ammonite, Ammonoidea, Brachiopods, Cephalopods, Collections management, Curation, Curator, Documentation, Molluscs, Public engagement

Summary

I am responsible for the care of the fossil Cephalopod collection and the recent and fossil Brachiopod collections within the Invertebrates and plants division of the department of Earth Sciences. My responsibilities include the general care of the collections including answering enquires and providing access to the material. Another part of my role is supervision of and assisting visitors to the collection including providing tours to various groups. Another aspect of my role is that of working with exhibitions relating to the collections. Within the collections I have been working to make the physical organisation of the collection more up to date in terms of possible acquisition areas and taxonomy. Key considerations have also been the Airless project which is causing collections expansion and also some big acquisitions which space must be allocated to. I am also involved in public outreach, I have participated in a variety of events at the NHM internally, such as Science uncovered, lates events, dinosnores and nature lives. I've also designed and led activities at various external events such as the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and the Yorkshire Fossil Festival. I participate in fieldwork primarily in the UK but have also been on trips to Morocco and China. It is important to me that I attend conferences in order to maintain communications and create new links with international researchers across my taxonomic groups. By attending International conferences I have increased the numbers of visitors in the collections for which I am responsible.

Qualifications

Degrees

MSc, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2010

BSc (Hons), University of Dundee, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2008

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Fossil Invertebrates (Brachiopods and Cephalopods), Natural History Museum, Department of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

Curator (Maternity Cover), Natural History Museum, Department of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2013

Collections Care Assistant, Natural History Museum, Department of Palaeontology, United Kingdom, 2011 - 2012

Highlighted publications

Bert D, Bersac S, Juárez-ruiz J, Hughes Z (2017) Size reduction and ornamental oscillation within a Barremian lineage of giant heteromorphic ammonites (Early Cretaceous, northwestern Tethyan margin). Cretaceous Research, doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2017.02.001

Consultancy

Project Airless
Natural History Museum, London
London
United Kingdom
2017 - on going.

Leaning Collections documentation
2014 - 2015.

Fieldwork

UK
2017 - 2017.

UK
2017 - 2017.

China
2015 - 2015.

Morocco
2015 - 2015.

UK
2014 - 2014.

UK
2014 - 2014.

Morocco
2013 - 2013.

UK
2013 - 2013.

UK
2012 - 2012.

UK
2012 - 2012.

Committees

Other, Geological Curators Group, 2016 - 2017.

Reviewer / referee

Publications

Swiss Journal of Palaeontology, (Journal), Non-anonymous, 2015 - 2015.

Events

Conference Attendance

Invited speaker, Curator of the Future Conference, (Conference),

Attendee/participant, Woodward Symposium, (Conference),

Attendee/participant, Poster presentation, NatSCA Conference: Evolving ideas; Provocative ways of working with collections., (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Attendee/participant, Poster presentation, Palaeontological association Annual Meeting 2016, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Attendee/participant, William Smith Meeting in honour of J. H. Callomon., (Conference), 2015 - 2015.

Poster presentation, Attendee/participant, 7th International Brachiopod Congress: The Brachiopod World., (Conference), 2015 - 2015.

Poster presentation, Attendee/participant, 9th International Symposium "Cephalopods- Present and Past" ISCPP 9, (Symposium), 2014 - 2014.

Poster presentation, Attendee/participant, Professional development, Networking, Natural Science Collections Association annual conference and AGM, (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Attendee/participant, GCG AGM and Conference, (Conference), 2014 - 2014.

Attendee/participant, NatSCA conference York, (Conference), 2013 - 2013.

Workshop Attendance

Invited speaker, UK Collections Connections: Value of Social Media, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, UK Collections Connections: Deeper engagement with Natural Science Collections, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, UK Collections Connections: Science and Natural History Museums, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, UK Collections Connections: Handling Collections for Learning, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, NatSCA collections reviews and Disposals Workshop, (Workshop),

Invited participant, Integrated Pest Management Working Group, (Workshop), 2017 - 2017.

Organisation

Organiser, The Munich Show 2016, (Trade show), 2016 - 2016.

Other, Collections Seminar Series, (Seminars), 2016 - on going.

Organiser, Photography Archive Project, (Other), 2015 - 2016.

Organiser, Rockwatch Tours, (Public Engagement),

Organiser, Brachiopod Project: Stakeholder workshop, (Workshop),

Internal Positions

Fire Marshall, Departmental Responsibility Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2016 - on going.

Floor Coordinator, Departmental Responsibility Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2016 - on going.

Salvage Team Member, Member Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2016 - on going.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Rep: Palaeontology Building, IPM Rep Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2015 - on going.

Publications

Hughes ZE, Hughes C, Twitchett RJ, Johnson K (2017) Exploring and Enhancing the Potential of the Post-Palaeozoic Brachiopod Collections at the Natural History Museum. Presented at NatSCA 2017.

Bert D, Bersac S, Juárez-ruiz J, Hughes Z (2017) Size reduction and ornamental oscillation within a Barremian lineage of giant heteromorphic ammonites (Early Cretaceous, northwestern Tethyan margin). Cretaceous Research, doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2017.02.001

Hughes ZE, Hughes C, Twitchett RJ, Johnson K (2016) Exploring and Enhancing the Potential of the Post-Palaeozoic Brachiopod Collections at the Natural History Museum. Presented at 60th Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting 14-17 December 2016, Lyon..

Pye F, Dunhill AM, Hughes ZE, Hughes C, Twitchett RJ (2016) Survival of the Smallest? Trends in Brachiopod size across the end Triassic mass extinction.. Presented at Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting.

Hughes ZE, Bernard EL (2016) Natural History Museum, London stories from the collections. More to Mantell than dinosaurs, In: The Munich Show / Mineralientage München Theme Book: Hidden Treasures of the Museums English Edition, Wachholtz Murmann Publishers : 136 - 139.

Hughes ZE, Cocks LRM (2015) The Davidson Collection at the Natural History Museum, London. Presented at The 7th International Brachiopod Congress: Nanjing China, May 22–25, 2015.

Hughes ZE (2014) Fossil Cephalopod Collections at the Natural History Museum, London.. Presented at 9th International Symposium Cephalopods- Present and Past..

Courses taught

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Collections module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2017.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Collections module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2016.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Collections Module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2015.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (collections module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2014.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Collections Module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2013.

Public Engagement

External activities

Thomas Hardye School Day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, United Kingdom, 27/4/2017

Thomas Hardye School Day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, United Kingdom, 28/4/2016

Barnstaple Elephant Day, Barnstaple, United Kingdom, 4/7/2015

Thomas Hardye School day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, United Kingdom, 1/5/2014

Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, 7/9/2013

Thomas Hardye School Day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, United Kingdom, 2/5/2013

Sheffield Schools Day, Sheffield University, Sheffield, 28/11/2012

Festival of Geology, University College London, London, London, United Kingdom, 10/11/2012

Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Rotunda Museum, Scarborough, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2016.

Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Rotunda Museum, Scarborough, United Kingdom, 2015 - 2015.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2017, The Hub, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom, 2017 - 2017.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2016, Marquee 2, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2016.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2014, The Marquee on the beach, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2014.

Blast From the Past, 2012 - 2012.

Blast from the Past, 2014 - 2014.

Ilford Mammoth Festival, London, 2014 - 2014.

Blast from the Past, Dinosaur Isle, Sandown, 2013 - 2013.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2013, Marquee on the beach, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom, 2013 - 2013.

Internal activities

Nature Live: Ancient Octopuses, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 5/3/2017

Nature Live: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 24/9/2016

Nature Live: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 14/8/2016

Nature LIve: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 9/8/2016

Nature Live: Ancient Octopuses, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 6/8/2016

Nature Live: Ancient Octopuses, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2/8/2016

Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 25/9/2015

Nature Live: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 18/6/2015

Nature LIve, 28/10/2014

Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 26/9/2014

Morocco Fieldwork Nature Live, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 31/1/2014

Nature Live, 31/1/2014

Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 27/9/2013

Introduction

Summary

I am responsible for the care of the fossil Cephalopod collection and the recent and fossil Brachiopod collections within the Invertebrates and plants division of the department of Earth Sciences. My responsibilities include the general care of the collections including answering enquires and providing access to the material. Another part of my role is supervision of and assisting visitors to the collection including providing tours to various groups. Another aspect of my role is that of working with exhibitions relating to the collections. Within the collections I have been working to make the physical organisation of the collection more up to date in terms of possible acquisition areas and taxonomy. Key considerations have also been the Airless project which is causing collections expansion and also some big acquisitions which space must be allocated to. I am also involved in public outreach, I have participated in a variety of events at the NHM internally, such as Science uncovered, lates events, dinosnores and nature lives. I've also designed and led activities at various external events such as the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and the Yorkshire Fossil Festival. I participate in fieldwork primarily in the UK but have also been on trips to Morocco and China. It is important to me that I attend conferences in order to maintain communications and create new links with international researchers across my taxonomic groups. By attending International conferences I have increased the numbers of visitors in the collections for which I am responsible.

Qualifications

Degrees

MSc, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2010 - 2010

BSc (Hons), University of Dundee, United Kingdom, 2004 - 2008

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Fossil Invertebrates (Brachiopods and Cephalopods), Natural History Museum, Department of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

Curator (Maternity Cover), Natural History Museum, Department of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2012 - 2013

Collections Care Assistant, Natural History Museum, Department of Palaeontology, United Kingdom, 2011 - 2012

Highlighted publications

Bert D, Bersac S, Juárez-ruiz J, Hughes Z (2017) Size reduction and ornamental oscillation within a Barremian lineage of giant heteromorphic ammonites (Early Cretaceous, northwestern Tethyan margin). Cretaceous Research, doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2017.02.001

Projects

Consultancy

Project Airless
Natural History Museum, London
London
United Kingdom
2017 - on going.

Leaning Collections documentation
2014 - 2015.

Fieldwork

UK
2017 - 2017.

UK
2017 - 2017.

China
2015 - 2015.

Morocco
2015 - 2015.

UK
2014 - 2014.

UK
2014 - 2014.

Morocco
2013 - 2013.

UK
2013 - 2013.

UK
2012 - 2012.

UK
2012 - 2012.

Professional activities

Committees

Other, Geological Curators Group, 2016 - 2017.

Reviewer / referee

Publications

Swiss Journal of Palaeontology, (Journal), Non-anonymous, 2015 - 2015.

Events

Conference Attendance

Invited speaker, Curator of the Future Conference, (Conference),

Attendee/participant, Woodward Symposium, (Conference),

Attendee/participant, Poster presentation, NatSCA Conference: Evolving ideas; Provocative ways of working with collections., (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Attendee/participant, Poster presentation, Palaeontological association Annual Meeting 2016, (Conference), 2016 - 2016.

Attendee/participant, William Smith Meeting in honour of J. H. Callomon., (Conference), 2015 - 2015.

Poster presentation, Attendee/participant, 7th International Brachiopod Congress: The Brachiopod World., (Conference), 2015 - 2015.

Poster presentation, Attendee/participant, 9th International Symposium "Cephalopods- Present and Past" ISCPP 9, (Symposium), 2014 - 2014.

Poster presentation, Attendee/participant, Professional development, Networking, Natural Science Collections Association annual conference and AGM, (Conference), 2017 - 2017.

Attendee/participant, GCG AGM and Conference, (Conference), 2014 - 2014.

Attendee/participant, NatSCA conference York, (Conference), 2013 - 2013.

Workshop Attendance

Invited speaker, UK Collections Connections: Value of Social Media, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, UK Collections Connections: Deeper engagement with Natural Science Collections, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, UK Collections Connections: Science and Natural History Museums, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, UK Collections Connections: Handling Collections for Learning, (Workshop),

Attendee/participant, NatSCA collections reviews and Disposals Workshop, (Workshop),

Invited participant, Integrated Pest Management Working Group, (Workshop), 2017 - 2017.

Organisation

Organiser, The Munich Show 2016, (Trade show), 2016 - 2016.

Other, Collections Seminar Series, (Seminars), 2016 - on going.

Organiser, Photography Archive Project, (Other), 2015 - 2016.

Organiser, Rockwatch Tours, (Public Engagement),

Organiser, Brachiopod Project: Stakeholder workshop, (Workshop),

Internal Positions

Fire Marshall, Departmental Responsibility Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2016 - on going.

Floor Coordinator, Departmental Responsibility Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2016 - on going.

Salvage Team Member, Member Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2016 - on going.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Rep: Palaeontology Building, IPM Rep Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2015 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Hughes ZE, Hughes C, Twitchett RJ, Johnson K (2017) Exploring and Enhancing the Potential of the Post-Palaeozoic Brachiopod Collections at the Natural History Museum. Presented at NatSCA 2017.

Bert D, Bersac S, Juárez-ruiz J, Hughes Z (2017) Size reduction and ornamental oscillation within a Barremian lineage of giant heteromorphic ammonites (Early Cretaceous, northwestern Tethyan margin). Cretaceous Research, doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2017.02.001

Hughes ZE, Hughes C, Twitchett RJ, Johnson K (2016) Exploring and Enhancing the Potential of the Post-Palaeozoic Brachiopod Collections at the Natural History Museum. Presented at 60th Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting 14-17 December 2016, Lyon..

Pye F, Dunhill AM, Hughes ZE, Hughes C, Twitchett RJ (2016) Survival of the Smallest? Trends in Brachiopod size across the end Triassic mass extinction.. Presented at Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting.

Hughes ZE, Bernard EL (2016) Natural History Museum, London stories from the collections. More to Mantell than dinosaurs, In: The Munich Show / Mineralientage München Theme Book: Hidden Treasures of the Museums English Edition, Wachholtz Murmann Publishers : 136 - 139.

Hughes ZE, Cocks LRM (2015) The Davidson Collection at the Natural History Museum, London. Presented at The 7th International Brachiopod Congress: Nanjing China, May 22–25, 2015.

Hughes ZE (2014) Fossil Cephalopod Collections at the Natural History Museum, London.. Presented at 9th International Symposium Cephalopods- Present and Past..

Teaching and students

Courses taught

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Collections module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2017.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Collections module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2016.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Collections Module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2015.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (collections module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2014.

MSc: MSc Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Collections Module)
Imperial College London, London, London, United Kingdom
2/2013.

Impact and outreach

Public Engagement

External activities

Thomas Hardye School Day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, United Kingdom, 27/4/2017

Thomas Hardye School Day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, United Kingdom, 28/4/2016

Barnstaple Elephant Day, Barnstaple, United Kingdom, 4/7/2015

Thomas Hardye School day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, United Kingdom, 1/5/2014

Hampshire Mineral and Fossil Show, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, 7/9/2013

Thomas Hardye School Day, Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, United Kingdom, 2/5/2013

Sheffield Schools Day, Sheffield University, Sheffield, 28/11/2012

Festival of Geology, University College London, London, London, United Kingdom, 10/11/2012

Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Rotunda Museum, Scarborough, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2016.

Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Rotunda Museum, Scarborough, United Kingdom, 2015 - 2015.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2017, The Hub, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom, 2017 - 2017.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2016, Marquee 2, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2016.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2014, The Marquee on the beach, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2014.

Blast From the Past, 2012 - 2012.

Blast from the Past, 2014 - 2014.

Ilford Mammoth Festival, London, 2014 - 2014.

Blast from the Past, Dinosaur Isle, Sandown, 2013 - 2013.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2013, Marquee on the beach, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom, 2013 - 2013.

Internal activities

Nature Live: Ancient Octopuses, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 5/3/2017

Nature Live: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 24/9/2016

Nature Live: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 14/8/2016

Nature LIve: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 9/8/2016

Nature Live: Ancient Octopuses, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 6/8/2016

Nature Live: Ancient Octopuses, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 2/8/2016

Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 25/9/2015

Nature Live: Brachiopods, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 18/6/2015

Nature LIve, 28/10/2014

Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 26/9/2014

Morocco Fieldwork Nature Live, Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 31/1/2014

Nature Live, 31/1/2014

Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, London, London, United Kingdom, 27/9/2013