Ms Pip Brewer

Pip Brewer
  • Curator of Fossil Mammals
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Education and qualifications

  • 1996-2000: M.Sci. (combined bachelors and masters degree) in geology at University College London (UCL), United Kingdom. First Class (with Honours)
  • 2002-2005, 2007-2008: Ph.D. in vertebrate palaeontology (palaeontology of primitive wombats) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia


Academic awards and prizes

2009-2010: Sylvester-Bradley Award (awarded by the Palaeontological Association)

2002-2005: Northcote Scholarship (awarded by Menzies Centre for Australian Studies)

1999: Morris Prize (awarded by University College London)

1998: Palaeontological Association Prize (jointly awarded by the Palaeontological Association and University College London)


Employment history

2013-present: Curator of Fossil Mammals, the Natural History Museum (London, UK)

2012-2013: Assistant Curator, Royal College of Surgeons of England (London, UK)

2012: Documentation project Assistant, the British Museum (London, UK)

2010, 2011-2012: Associate Lecturer in Geology, The Open University (London, UK)

2009-2010: Curator of Mesozoic and Tertiary Mammals at the Natural History Museum (UK)

2009-present: Associate Lecturer (geology) at the Open University (UK).

2008-2009: Documentation Office/Curator (African Fossil Mammals Project) at the Natural History Museum (UK)

2007-2008: Weekend Service Manager for UCL Library Services (UK)

2007: Human Anatomy Demonstrator at University College London (UK)

2005-2007: Senior Library Assistant at Royal Free Hospital Medical Library (UK)

2001-2004: Casual library, archive and records management work for Zenith, Record Keeping Innovation, Library Locums and CyberSearch 2 Pty Ltd (Australia)

2000: Library Assistant for UCL Library Services (UK)

2000: Palaeontology Lab Demonstrator for University College London (UK)

1998-2000: Casual library work for UCL Library Services (UK)


Work experience

2007-2008: Natural History Museum (London, UK)

1998: Grant Museum of Zoology (London, UK)

1997-1999: Natural History Museum (London, UK)

1996: Booth Museum of Natural History (Brighton, UK)

1995: Bolton Museum (Bolton, UK)


Membership of academic societies

Society for the Study of Mammalian Evolution

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Palaeontological Association


Selected training courses

2013: Introduction to the News Media (Science Media Centre)

2013: Project Management (Frenchmill Training)

2012: Osteology course (University of Sheffield)

2012: Text Writing Workshop (TextWorkshop)

2012: Adlib Database training (Adlib)

2012: Digital Assets training (British Museum)

2010: Writing for the web (Natural History Museum)

2010: Training on using the in-house Micro-CT machine (Natural History Museum)

2009: Radiation Protection Supervisor (IonActive / Natural History Museum)

2009: Exhibition Loans (Natural History Museum)

2009: Micro-CT software training (Natural History Museum)

2009: Moulding and casting of vertebrate material (Natural History Museum)

2007: CPD25 new managers’ programme (CPD25 / University College London)

2006: First Aid at Work certificate (St John’s Ambulance / University College London)

2006: Disability Awareness (University College London)

2006: Dreamweaver (University College London)

2006: Photoshop Elements (University College London)

2006: Copyright for beginners (CILIP / University College London)

2006: Display Screen Equipment Assessment training (University College London)

2005: Selection Skills (University College London)

2005: Data protection, freedom of information and records management (CILIP / University

          College London)

2005: Reference Manager (University College London)

2005: Training the Library Trainer (University College London)

2005: Advanced search techniques (bibliographic databases) (University College London)


Academic awards and grants

Sylvester-Bradley Award (awarded by the Palaeontological Association): 2009-2010

Northcote Scholarship awarded by Menzies Centre for Australian Studies: 2002-2005

Morris Prize (awarded by University College London): 1999

Palaeontological Association Prize (jointly awarded by the Palaeontological Association and University College London): 1998


  • UK (2009-2013): Various locations in the UK, but including various Mesozoic sites in south England and leading student geological fieldtrips in the London area.
  • Batallones, Spain(2009): Fossil excavation.
  • Murgon, Australia(2004): Fossil exploration and excavation.
  • Inverloch, Australia (2003 & 2004): Excavation of a beach outcrop that is covered by diurnal tides.
  • Cuddie Springs, Australia(2002): Archaeological excavation, techniques included sieving, mapping, recording of data and the excavation of fossils using a grid system and levels.
  • Lightning Ridge, Australia(2002 & 2004): Examination of fossils in situ in opal mines, sorting of tailing from mine workings and exploration.
  • Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site, Australia (2001 & 2002): Exploration, hard-rock excavation, preparation of fossils for removal and processing of material.
  • Europe(1996-2000): Approximately 110 days geological field experience gained as part of my M.Sci. degree. Locations include England, Scotland, southern Spain, northern Spain and Cyprus. A six week mapping exercise was undertaken in the Cantabrian Mountains of Spain, with the final result being a detailed geological map of the area and cross-sections, as well as a written and an oral report.


Research interests

My research interests include (but are not restricted to):

Tooth development, ultrastructure, functional morphology and evolution in mammals

Evolution of hypselodonty (“continuously” growing teeth)

Tertiary Vombatiformes (wombats, koalas and related beasts)

Mesozoic mammals




Brewer, P. 2013. Treasures from the Library. Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 95(3): 116.



Brewer, P. 2012. Treasures from the Museum. Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 94(9): 328.



Morales, J., Brewer, P. & Pickford, M. 2010.  Carnivores (Creodonta and Carnivora) from the basal middle Miocene of Gebel Zelten, Libya, with a note on a large amphicyonid from the middle Miocene of Ngorora, Kenya. Bulletin of the Tethys Geological Society.



Munt, M. C., Hooker, J. & Brewer, P. 2009. “That lower jaw” and the contribution of William Darwin Fox to the discovery of Eocene mammals from the Isle of Wight. Proceedings of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society 24: 37-41.



Brewer, P., Archer, M. & Hand, S. 2008. Additional specimens of the oldest wombat, Rhizophascolonus crowcrofti (Vombatidae; Marsupialia), from the Wipajiri Formation, South Australia: an intermediate morphology? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(4): 1144-1148.



Brewer, P., Archer, M., Hand, S. & Godthelp, H. 2007. A new species of Warendja (Vombatidae, Marsupialia) from late Miocene deposits at Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland. Palaeontology 50(4): 811-828.

Brewer, P. 2007. New record of Warendja wakefieldi (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from Wombeyan Caves, New South Wales. Alcheringa 31: 153-171.



Archer, M., Arena, D. A., Bassarova, M., Beck, R., Black, K., Boles, W.E., Brewer, P., Cooke, B.N., Crosby, K., Gillespie, A., Godthelp, H., Hand, S.J., Kear, B., Louys, J, Morrell, A., Muirhead, J., Roberts, K. K., Scanlon, J. D., Travouillon, K.T, and Wroe, S., 2006. Current status of species-level representation in faunas from selected fossil localities in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. Alcheringa Special Issue 1, 1-17.



Brewer, P. 2003. Fossil wombats. Riversleigh Notes 56: 9-11.


Conference presentations



A new genus and species of primitive wombat (Marsupialia) from the Riversleigh World Heritage Property in northwestern Queensland. Poster presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Palaeontology in Bristol.



Inside the cupboards of the African fossil mammal collection at the Natural History Museum (London). Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association in Glasgow.



Additional specimens of Rhizophascolonus crowcrofti (Vombatidae; Marsupialia) from the Wipajiri Formation, South Australia. Oral paper presented at the London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN) conference in London.



A new genus and species of primitive wombat from the Riversleigh World Heritage Property in northwestern Queensland, Australia. Oral paper presented at the 53rd Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy in London.



Oligo-Miocene wombats from the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in northwestern Queensland. Oral paper presented at the Conference for Australasian Vertebrate Evolution and Palaeontology in Brisbane.