Dr Peta Hayes PhD FLS

Peta Hayes
  • Curator
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Invertebrates and Plants Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

Curator of Palaeobotany, Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, 2005 - present.
Curator of British and European Flowering Plants
, Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, 2002 - 2005.
Assistant Curator of Botany, Department of Botany, The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, 2000 - 2002.
Palaeobotany Research Assistant
, Geological Sciences Department, University of Manchester, 1994 - 1995.


PhD, Palaeobotany, Cretaceous Angiosperm Leaf Floras from Antarctica, University of Leeds & British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, 2000.

BSc (Hons), Geological Sciences, (1st Class), University of Leeds, 1994.



Professional Roles

Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group

Secretary of the Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group, 2006-present.   


Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group Newsletter 24 PDF (6.9 MB)


Peta curates and cares for the fossil plant collections; makes the collections available to visitors, facilitates loans, deals with enquiries and actively promotes the use of the collections; develops and enhances the collections through addition of new material, documentation and research; and takes an active role in science communication and education. 


Peta's current and recent research interests focus on the taxonomic study of angiosperm leaf floras (specifically the Paleogene of southern England and Cretaceous of Antarctica) and their use in the reconstruction of palaeoclimatic conditions.



Hayes, P.A., Francis, J.E., Cantrill, D.J. and Crame, J.A.  2006.  Palaeoclimate analysis of Late Cretaceous angiosperm leaf floras, James Ross Island, Antarctica.  In: Francis, J.E., Pirrie, D. and Crame, J.A. (eds) Cretaceous-Tertiary High-Latitude Palaeoenvironments, James Ross Basin, Antarctica. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 258: 49-62.


Hayes, P.A. 2005.  Ancient plant life: identities, origins, relationships and environments.  Newsletter of the Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group. Issue 23: 4-7.


Hayes, P.A. 2004.  Palaeobotanical evolution across the Millenium – a review.  Palaeobotany Group News (Newsletter of the Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group). Issue 20.


Poole, I., Cantrill, D.J., Hayes, P.A. and Francis, J.  2000.  The fossil record of Cunoniaceae: new evidence from Late Cretaceous wood of Antarctica? Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 111: 127-144.