Miss Emma Bernard

Emma Bernard
  • Curator of Palaeobiology
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

March 2013 – Present          Curator of Palaeobiology
                                                  Natural History Museum, London

June 2012 – March 2013      Acting Curator of Fossil Mammals
                                                  Natural History Museum, London

August 2011 – June 2012    Curatorial Assistant
                                                  Natural History Museum, London

August 2010 – April 2011     Assistant Curator of Biology
                                                  Yorkshire Museum, York Museums Trust

Nov 2009 – August 2010      Documentation Assistant (Natural Science)  
                                                  Yorkshire Museum, York Museums Trust


2009-2009          MSc in Museum Studies, University of Leicester

2006-2007          MSc in Palaeobiology, University of Bristol

2002-2006          BSc (Hons) in Earth Science, University of Glasgow

Professional Roles

Public engagement and Museum activities

  • Managing a team of volunteers.
  • Organising the Sir Arthur Smith Woodward 150th Anniversary Symposium.
  • Regularly organise and participate in a number of outreach events every year.
  • Participate and lead collection-enhancing fieldwork both in the UK and abroad.
  • Participate in fossil shows and advise on new acquisitions.
  • Part of the Earth Science KE EMu user committee.
  • Running the Museum Fossil Fish Twitter account @NHM_FossilFish.
  • Running the Fossil Fish blog.

External comittees


Curatorial responsibilities

  • Currently responsible for the Fossil Fish Section.
  • Oversee visitors to the section.
  • Documentation and digitisation of the collection.
  • Facilitating loan requests.
  • Respond to collection based enquiries.
  • Part of the curation team for the off-site store and pest monitor.


 I will be working on a number of research projects over the next year related to the Fossil Fish Collections and specimens collected during recent fieldwork.


Bernard, E. L., Ruta, M., Tarver, J. E., & Benton, M. J. 2010. The fossil record of early tetrapods: worker effort, and the end-Permian mass extinction. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 55 (2).

Bernard, E. L. 2009. Ice Age Fossils in Worcester City Museums’ Natural History Collection. Worcester City Museums.