Miss Claire Mellish

Claire Mellish
  • Curator
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Invertebrates and Plants Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

Natural History Museum,  Palaeontology Department

June 2008 - present           Curator of Fossil Arthropods and Graptolites

June 2005 - June 2008      Curator of Trilobites and Graptolites

2001 - 2005                          Research Assistant to Dr R. Fortey, Trilobites and Graptolites

2000 - 2001                          Acting IT Manager

pre 2000                                Research Assistant and Curator



BSc Environmental Science (Biology and Geology),  Birkbeck, University of London

Professional Roles

External committee

Natural Sciences Collections Association Committee



Responsible for the fossil arthropod and graptolite collections


I work with the following people, either mentoring or providing curatorial support:

Research Staff:

Dr. Greg Edgecombe


Scientific Associates:

Joe S.H. Collins

Prof. Richard Fortey

Dr. Adrian Rushton

Prof. Paul Selden


Research Students

David Nicholson


Selected Publications

Page, A., Wilby, P.R., MELLISH, C.J.T., Williams, M. &  Zalasiewicz, J.A. 2008. Dawsonia Nicholson: linguliform brachiopods, crustacean tail-pieces and a problematicum rather than graptolite ovarian vesicles. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh,  99: 251–266.

Fortey, R. A., Zhang Y. & MELLISH, C. J. T. 2005. The Relationships of Biserial Graptolites. Palaeontology, Vol. 48(6), 1241-1272

Chatterton, B. D. E., Fortey, R. A. & MELLISH, C. J. T. 2004. Spiny Trilobites from the Devonian of Morocco. Palaeontological Association Newsletter, 57, p.146.

Fortey, R. A. & MELLISH, C. J. T.  1992.  Are some fossils better than others for inferring palaeogeography? The early Ordovician of the North Atlantic region as an example. Terra Nova, 4 (2), 210 - 216.