2006 - present: Curator (Natural History Museum)
2006 - 2006: Museum Assistant (Newport Roman Villa)
2004 - 2006: Assistant Curator (Dinosaur Isle Museum)
2000 - 2004: Education Officer (Dinosaur Isle Museum)
1998 - 2000: Education Assistant (Museum of Isle of Wight Geology)
1996 - 1997: University of Portsmouth
1997 - 2004: PhD "Studies in pterosaur bone palaeohistology" (University of Portsmouth)
1995 - 1996: MSc Vertebrate Palaeontology (UCL)
1992 - 1995: BSc Biology, Hons. (University of Derby)
1990 - 1992: A-levels: Biology, Psychology, Fine Art (South East Derbyshire College)
A visiting researcher and museum photographer studying Archaeopteryx.
Fossil reptiles, birds and amphibians.
Pterosaur collections; storage improvements and databasing.
Crocodile collections; storage improvements and databasing.
Type and figured specimens.
Twilight Cave, a lava tube in Mauritius. © Steve Bourne
Cave development; caves as palaeontological sites; the palaeoecology of the Mascarene Islands; bone histology; pterosaur palaeobiology.
Mr Greg Middleton (Sydney Speleological Society), Dr Julian Hume (NHM Bird Group), Mr Owen Griffiths (Francois Leguat Museum, Rodrigues), Prof. Dave Burney (National Tropical Botanic Garden, Kauai, HI, USA).
I identify and record insects on sticky traps throughout the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the Palaeontology Department. This is done monthly. The numbers of insects are recorded so that we can recognise an outbreak of pest species, such as beetle larvae or booklice, which might threaten our collections or our paper records. Some insects do not damage museum collections, but they are early indicators of damp or gaps in the building.
I organise loans of specimens to other museums, for displays and exhibitions. We have strict terms and conditions to ensure the safety and security of our specimens.
This is probably the most important job in the whole museum. We can't function without tea, coffee and biscuits!
In the event of a fire, it is my job to get everyone on the 2nd floor out of the building.