Dr Adrian Glover

Dr Adrian Glover
  • Researcher
  • Life Sciences department
  • Invertebrates
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


 About me

I am a marine biologist, currently employed as a Researcher in the Life Sciences Department at the NHM. My research lies within the field of marine biodiversity, with a particular focus on deep-sea biodiversity, systematics, evolution and ecology.

Read more about my projects on their dedicated research pages.

Current active projects include: 

  1. Systematics, evolutionary origin, ecology and natural history of annelids from chemosynthetic ecosystems (hydrothermal vents, cold-seeps and organic-falls)
  2. Baseline patterns of biodiversity and genetic connectivity in the United Kingdom polymetallic nodule claim region of the central Pacific abyss
  3. Antarctic marine diversity and ecology, including macroecological biodiversity patterns, detailed taxonomic studies and the impacts of past and future climate
  4. Trait-basd analysis of deep-sea ecosystem function and climate change
  5. An ancient DNA approach to the conservation biology of the great whales
  6. Creation of a world register of deep sea species and interactive iOS field guide app to deep sea species (Deep Sea ID)
  7. Development of a micro-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) mobile facility for public outreach, education and research
Antarctic minke whale

Balaenoptera bonaerensis (Antarctic minke whale)



I am currently being funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the European Union (Science Framework 6 and 7), and internal research grants from the Natural History Museum, which is funded by the UK Government.

If there are opportunities to join our research group, I will advertise them here. I supervise graduate student projects both at MSc and PhD (e.g NERC-CASE) level in co-operation with UK University supervisors, subject to funding becoming available.


Although I currently do not have any vacancies for paid work, I am always interested to take on graduate students. We offer an in-house post-graduate course at the NHM on taxonomy and biodiversity, as well as acting as a  CASE partner for Research Council funded PhD students.


Sampling in Antarctica

Sampling in Antarctica from the RRS James Clark Ross

2003 – present Researcher, Zoology Department, The Natural History Museum, London.

2000 – 2003 Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, USA

2000 PhD, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton

1996 BSc, Biology Department, University of York

Deploying ROV

Deploying a Speere ROV with Thomas Dahlgren


Details on my teaching activities including course lectures

Teaching polychaete biology in South Africa

Teaching polychaete taxonomy to students at University of the Western Cape, South Africa

TOL/L11: Annelid biodiversity and systematics. MSc course, ‘Advanced Methods in Biodiversity and Systematics’. Download lectures.

Royal Society Teaching Workshop: Introduction to Polychaete Taxonomy. (I hope to create a separate site for this teaching workshop, held at the University of Western Cape in January 2007).

Queen Mary, University of London - Deep-Sea Benthic Biological Oceanography. Final year module. This course is no longer offered, but I hope to find a new home for it soon.


I intend to use this area for downloads and interesting links.

Check out our new iOS (iPhone and iPad) app for the identification of deep sea animals: Deep Sea ID

Check out the Underwater Observatory at the Sven Loven Centre for Marine Sciences. I have been working with scientists at the SLC for the last 5 years on various projects with their realtime underwater observatory camera. The current main camera is pointing at an eelgrass bed. Previously we had a camera working for about 3 years looking at scavengers consuming the remains of a porpoise.

The Underwater Observatory

The underwater observatory being lowered into the water, May 2009


We have used the camera system for several outreach projects including live links to the Attenborough Studio in London. We have also published a paper on a research project that uses the camera to collect useful data. Whilst the quality of the images is not always that high (thanks to many fouling organisms) we have an amazingly high-resolution temporal dataset, something that is usually very difficult to get in the marine environment.

Note that it may not be always working owing to a variety of reasons such as software glitches, flooding of the camera housing or sudden infestation of barnacles. You can rest assured that our collaborators at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, Sweden will be hard at work trying to fix it.

I intend to put files to download here as and when I think of something useful. Anything related to teaching materials I have put in the teaching tab above. 

You can now also search the Zoology Department Specimen Collection which is in the process of being databased by the curation group here in the department using the KE EMu software. For enquiries about specimen loans, please contact Emma Sherlock

The NHM is undergoing major changes in how it presents specimen and other data through a new informatics initiative. Soon you will access all our data through the new data portal. That link currently takes you to a cool preview visualisation of geo-referenced specimen data in the NHM collections.


Whale stranding near Hull

Collecting whale-bones from a sperm whale stranding near Hull. Unfortunately this specimen was too large to fit in the museum vehicle.


Research Group

Helena Wiklund - Post-doc - Helena is funded by an EU Marie-Curie research grant to study deep-sea dispersal and evolution in annelids. 

Diva Amon - PhD Student. Diva is on a joint studentship between the University of Southampton and the NHM and is studying whale-falls and wood-falls from the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic.

Laetitia Gunton - PhD Student. Laetitia is on a joint NERC-CASE studentship with the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, studying polychaete biodiversity from deep-sea canyons.

Magdalena Georgieva - PhD Student. Maggie is on a joint NERC-CASE studentship with the University of Leeds, working on the biology and palaeontology of tube-building polychaetes from chemosynthetic ecosystems.

Lenka Neal - Research Assistant - Lenka is working on a research project studying the ecology, biodiversity and taxonomy of Antarctic polychaetes after completing her MSc course at the NHM.

Margaret Packer - Laboratory Manager & Research Assistant. Margaret is responsible for maintaining the research labs for the polychaete and nematode research groups, including our microscopy facilities (Leica DM5000, Zeiss V.20, Leica MZ95, Leica MZ6) and sorting laboratories. Margaret also assists with research projects.


Dr Nicholas Higgs. Nick completed his PhD with us in 2012 and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Plymouth.

Dr Daphne Cuvelier. I was one of several joint supervisors of Daphne's thesis on hydrothermal vent ecosystems. Daphne is now a post-doc at IFREMER, France.

External collaborators

This is a very incomplete list of people I have recently been collaborating and publishing with. Work in progress! Another good way to check this is on my google scholar page. 

Dr Thomas Dahlgren, University of Gothenburg

Prof Craig Smith, University of Hawaii

Dr Cecilia Anderung

Dr Ana Hilário, University of Aveiro

Dr Nicole Dubilier, MPI Bremen

Dr Ken Halanych, Auburn University

Dr Crispin Little, University of Leeds

Dr Jon Copley, University of Southampton

Prof Paul Tyler, University of Southampton

Prof Andy Gooday, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Dr Kirsty Kemp, Institute of Zoology, London

Dr Kim Last, Scottish Association of Marine Science

Dr Alan Jamieson, OceanLab, University of Aberdeen

Dr Sarah Mincks, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Dr Henry Ruhl, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Publication List for Adrian Glover


Updated May 2013



Peer-reviewed Publications: 47

Reports: 6

Popular Science Articles: 5

Total: 54

(Not including submitted/in press, numbered XX below)

Metrics (April 2013)

Citations: 725

h-index: 15

i10-index: 21


Publications by reporting year (April-April)


47. Taboada S, Wiklund H, Glover AG, Dahlgren TG, Cristobo J and Avila C, 2013. Two new Antarctic Ophryotrocha (Annelida: Dorvilleidae) described from shallow-water whale bones. Polar Biology online version.

46. Kaiser S, Glover AG (and other authors), 2013 Patterns, processes and vulnerability of Southern Ocean benthos - a decadal leap in knowledge and understanding. Marine Biology.

45. Shields MA, Glover AG and Wiklund H, 2013. Polynoid polychaetes of the mid-Atlantic Ridge and a new holothurian association. Marine Biology Research 9, 547-553.


XX. Glover AG, Wiklund H, Taboada S, Avila C, Cristobo J, Smith CR, Kemp KM, Jamieson AJ and Dahlgren TG, submitted. Bone-eating worms from the Antarctic: the contrasting fate of whale and wood remains on the Southern Ocean seafloor. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. (Lead author)

XX. Danise S, Dominici S, Dahlgren TG and Glover AG, in press. Molluscs from a shallow-water whale-fall and their affinities with adjacent benthic communities on the Swedish west coast. Marine Biology Research.

44. Neal L, Barnich R, Wiklund H and Glover AG, 2012. A new genus and species of Polynoidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from Pine Island Bay, Amundsen Sea, Southern Ocean-a region of high taxonomic novelty. Zootaxa, 80-88. (Lead author)

43. Anderung C, Danise S, Glover AG, Higgs ND, Jonsson L, Sabin RC and Dahlgren TG, 2013. A Swedish subfossil find of a bowhead whale from the late Pleistocene: shore displacement, paleoecology in south-west Sweden and the identity of the Swedenborg whale (Balaena swedenborgii Liljeborg, 1867). Historical Biology iFirst article 2013.

42. Amon DJ, Glover AG, Wiklund H, Marsh L, Linse K, Rogers AD and Copley JT, 2013. The discovery of a natural whale fall in the Antarctic deep sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.

41. Wiklund H, Altamira IV, Glover AG, Smith CR, Baco AR and Dahlgren TG, 2012. Systematics and biodiversity of Ophryotrocha (Annelida, Dorvilleidae) with descriptions of six new species from deep-sea whale-fall and wood-fall habitats in the north-east Pacific. Systematics and Biodiversity 10, 243-259.

40. Huusgaard RS, Vismann B, Kuhl M, Macnaugton M, Colmander V, Rouse GW, Glover AG, Dahlgren T and Worsaae K, 2012. The Potent Respiratory System of Osedax mucofloris (Siboglinidae, Annelida) - A Prerequisite for the Origin of Bone-Eating Osedax? PLoS ONE 7.

39. Higgs ND, Little CTS, Glover AG, Dahlgren TG, Smith CR and Dominici S, 2012. Evidence of Osedax worm borings in Pliocene (~ 3 Ma) whale bone from the Mediterranean. Historical Biology 24, 269-277.


XX. Paterson GLJ, Neal L, Altamira I, Soto EH, Smith CR, Galeron J, Menot L, Billett DSM, Cunha M and Glover AG, submitted. New Prionospio and Aurospio Species from the Deep Sea (Annelida: Polychaeta). Zootaxa.

38. Glover AG and Neal L, 2012. Anthropogenic extreme ecosystems, in: Bell E (Ed.), Life at Extremes. Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) Publishing, pp. 479-497. (Lead author)

37.Paterson GLJ, Glover AG, Cunha MR, Neal L, de Stigter HC, Kiriakoulakis K, Billett DSM, Wolff GA, Tiago A, Ravara A, Lamont P and Tyler P, 2011. Disturbance, productivity and diversity in deep-sea canyons: A worm's eye view. Deep-Sea Research Part II-Topical Studies in Oceanography 58, 2448-2460.

36. Neal L, Hardy SL, Smith CR and Glover AG, 2011. Polychaete species diversity on the West Antarctic Peninsula deep continental shelf. Marine Ecology Progress Series 428, 119-134. (Lead author)

35. Johnson KG, Brooks SJ, Fenberg PB, Glover AG, James KE, Lister AM, Michel E, Spencer M, Todd JA, Valsami-Jones E, Young J and Stewart J, 2011. Climate change and biosphere response: unlocking the collections vault. Biosciences 61, 147-153.


34. Hilario A, Capa M, Dahlgren TG, Halanych KM, Little CTS, Thornhill DJ, Verna C and Glover AG, 2011. New perspectives on the ecology and evolution of siboglinid tubeworms. PLoS ONE 6. (Lead author)

33. Higgs ND, Little CTS and Glover AG, 2011. Bones as biofuel: a review of whale bone composition with implications for deep-sea biology and palaeoanthropology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 278, 9-17. (Lead author)

32. Higgs ND, Glover AG, Dahlgren TG and Little CTS, 2011. Bone-boring worms: characterizing the morphology, rate, and method of bioerosion by Osedax mucofloris (Annelida, Siboglinidae). Biological Bulletin 221, 307-316.

31. Glover AG, 2011. Measuring up the deep. BioScience 61, 327-328.

30. Cuvelier D, Sarrazin J, Colaco A, Copley JT, Glover AG, Tyler PA, Santos RS and Desbruyeres D, 2011. Community dynamics over 14 years at the Eiffel Tower hydrothermal edifice on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Limnology and Oceanography 56, 1624-1640.

29. Cuvelier D, Sarradin PM, Sarrazin J, Colaco A, Copley JT, Desbruyeres D, Glover AG, Santos RS and Tyler PA, 2011. Hydrothermal faunal assemblages and habitat characterisation at the Eiffel Tower edifice (Lucky Strike, Mid-Atlantic Ridge). Marine Ecology-an Evolutionary Perspective 32, 243-255.

28. Cunha MR, Paterson GLJ, Amaro T, Blackbird S, de Stigter HC, Ferreira C, Glover AG, Hilario A, Kiriakoulakis K, Neal L, Ravara A, Rodrigues CF, Tiago A and Billett DSM, 2011. Biodiversity of macrofaunal assemblages from three Portuguese submarine canyons (NE Atlantic). Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography 58, 2433-2447.

27. Verna C, Ramette A, Wiklund H, Dahlgren TG, Glover AG, Gaill F and Dubilier N, 2010. High symbiont diversity in the bone-eating worm Osedax mucofloris from shallow whale-falls in the North Atlantic. Environmental Microbiology 12, 2355-2370.

26. Higgs ND, Glover AG, Dahlgren TG and Little CTS, 2010. Using computed-tomography to document borings by Osedax mucofloris in whale bone. Cahiers De Biologie Marine 51, 401-405.


25. Glover AG, Higgs ND, Bagley PM, Carlsson R, Davies AJ, Kemp KM, Last KS, Norling K, Rosenberg R, Wallin KA, Källström B and Dahlgren TG, 2010. A live video observatory reveals temporal processes at a shelf-depth whale-fall. Cahiers De Biologie Marine 51, 375-381.

24. Glover AG, Gooday AJ, Bailey DM, Billett DSM, Chevaldonné P, Colaço A, Copley J, Cuvelier D, Desbruyères D, Kalogeropoulou V, Klages M, Lampadariou N, Lejeusne C, Mestre NC, Paterson GLJ, Perez T, Ruhl HA, Sarrazin J, Soltwedel T, Soto EH, Thatje S, Tselepides A, Van Gaever S and Vanreusel A, 2010. Temporal change in deep-sea benthic ecosystems: a review of the evidence from recent time-series studies. Advances in Marine Biology 58, 1-95.

23. Ebbe B, Billett DSM, Brandt A, Ellingsen K, Glover AG, Keller S, Malyutina M, Martinez Arbizu P, Molodtsova T, Rex MA, Smith CR and Tselepides A, 2010. Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life, in: Mcintyre AD (Ed.), Life in the World's Oceans. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 139-160.

22. Wiklund H, Glover AG, Johannessen PJ and Dahlgren TG, 2009. Cryptic speciation at organic-rich marine habitats: a new bacteriovore annelid from whale-fall and fish farms in the North East Atlantic. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 155, 774-785.


21. Wiklund H, Glover AG and Dahlgren TG, 2009. Three new species of Ophryotrocha (Annelida: Dorvilleidae) from a whale-fall in the North-East Atlantic. Zootaxa 2228, 43-56.

20. Paterson GLJ, Glover AG, Frojan CRSB, Whitaker A, Budaeva N, Chimonides J and Doner S, 2009. A census of abyssal polychaetes. Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography 56, 1739-1746.

19. Mincks SL, Dyal PL, Paterson GLJ, Smith CR and Glover AG, 2009. A new species of Aurospio (Polychaeta, Spionidae) from the Antarctic shelf, with analysis of its ecology, reproductive biology and evolutionary history. Marine Ecology 30, 181-197.

18. Glover AG, Sundberg P and Dahlgren TG, 2009. In Linnaeus' Wake: 300 Years of Marine Discovery. Zoologica Scripta 38, 1-6.

17. Cuvelier D, Sarrazin J, Colaço A, Copley J, Desbruyeres D, Glover AG, Tyler PA and Serrao-Santos R, 2009. Distribution and spatial variation of hydrothermal faunal assemblages at Lucky Strike (Mid-Atlantic Ridge) revealed by high-resolution video image analysis. Deep-Sea Research I 56, 2026-2040.

16. Sumida PYG, Bernardino AF, Stedall VP, Glover AG and Smith CR, 2008. Temporal changes in benthic megafaunal abundance and composition across the West Antarctic Peninsula shelf: Results from video surveys. Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography 55, 2465-2477.

15. Smith CR, Levin LA, Koslow A, Tyler PA and Glover AG, 2008. The near future of deep seafloor ecosystems, in: Polunin NVC (Ed.), Aquatic Ecosystems: Trends and Global Prospects. Cambridge University Press.

14. Glover AG, Smith CR, Mincks SL, Sumida PYG and Thurber AR, 2008. Macrofaunal abundance and composition on the West Antarctic Peninsula continental shelf: Evidence for a sediment 'food bank' and similarities to deep-sea habitats. Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography 55, 2491-2501.

13. Glover AG, Kemp KM, Smith CR and Dahlgren TG, 2008. On the role of bone-eating worms in the degradation of marine vertebrate remains. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275, 1959-1961.

2007/8 (and earlier)

12. Paterson GLJ, Glover AG and Tillman C, 2006. Body size response of abyssal polychaetes to different nutrient regimes. Scientia Marina 70, 319-330.

11. Dahlgren TG, Wiklund H, Kallstrom B, Lundalv T, Smith CR and Glover AG, 2006. A shallow-water whale-fall experiment in the north Atlantic. Cahiers De Biologie Marine 47, 385-389.

10. Glover AG, Kallstrom B, Smith CR and Dahlgren TG, 2005. World-wide whale worms? A new species of Osedax from the shallow north Atlantic. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 272, 2587-2592.

9. Glover AG, Goetze E, Dahlgren TG and Smith CR, 2005. Morphology, reproductive biology and genetic structure of the whale-fall and hydrothermal vent specialist, Bathykurila guaymasensis Pettibone, 1989 (Annelida : Polynoidae). Marine Ecology-an Evolutionary Perspective 26, 223-234.

8. Dahlgren TG, Glover AG, Baco A and Smith CR, 2004. Fauna of whale falls: systematics and ecology of a new polychaete (Annelida : Chrysopetalidae) from the deep Pacific Ocean. Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 51, 1873-1887.

7. Glover AG and Smith CR, 2003. The deep-sea floor ecosystem: current status and prospects of anthropogenic change by the year 2025. Environmental Conservation 30, 219-241.

6. Smith CR, Baco AR and Glover AG, 2002. Faunal succession on replicate deep-sea whale falls: time scales and vent-seep affinities. Cahiers De Biologie Marine 43, 293-297.

5. Glover AG, Smith CR, Paterson GLJ, Wilson GDF, Hawkins L and Sheader M, 2002. Polychaete species diversity in the central Pacific abyss: local and regional patterns, and relationships with productivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 240, 157-169.

4. Lambshead PJD, Tietjen J, Glover A, Ferrero T, Thistle D and Gooday AJ, 2001. Impact of large-scale natural physical disturbance on the diversity of deep-sea North Atlantic nematodes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 214, 121-126.

3. Glover A, Paterson G, Bett B, Gage J, Sibuet M, Sheader M and Hawkins L, 2001. Patterns in polychaete abundance and diversity from the Madeira Abyssal Plain, northeast Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research Part A Oceanographic Research Papers 48, 217-236.

2. Paterson GLJ and Glover AJ, 2000. A new species of Sigambra (Polychaeta, Pilargidae) from the abyssal plains of the NE Atlantic. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum Zoology Series 66, 167-170.

1. Glover AG, Paterson GLJ, Gage JD, Hawkins L and Sheader M, 2000. Scales of polychaete biodiversity from the abyssal north Atlantic. Bulletin of Marine Science 67, 664.


Reports (including consultancy)

6. Larkin KE, Ruhl HA, Bagley P, Benn A, Bett BJ, Billett DSM, Glover AG, Boetius A, Chevaldonné P, Colaço A and Copley J, 2010. Benthic biology time-series in the deep sea: indicators of change.

5. Smith CR, Paterson GLJ, Lambshead PJD, Glover AG, Rogers AD, Gooday A, Kitazato H, Sibuet M, Galeron J and Menot L, 2008. Biodiversity, species ranges, and gene flow in the abyssal Pacific nodule province: predicting and managing the impacts of deep seabed mining: report. International Seabed Authority, United Nations.

4. Bamber RN, Robbins RS, Evans NJ, Barrio-Frojan C, Glover AG, Packer M and Paterson GLJ, 2005. Benthic analysis: Mosen H oilfield environmental survey off Gabon (6329). Natural History Museum Consultancy Report to Gardline Environmental No.. ECM 801L/05, February 2005, 20pp, (D).

3. Bamber RN, Robbins RS, Evans NJ, Barrio-Frojan C, Glover AG, Packer M and Paterson GLJ, 2005. Benthic analysis: Titan oilfield environmental survey, 1050-1130 m depth off Gabon (6330). Natural History Museum Consultancy Report to Gardline Environmental No.. ECM 801M/05, February 2005, 20pp, (D).

2. Bamber RN, Robbins RS, Evans NJ, Barrio-Frojan C, Glover AG, Packer M and Paterson GLJ, 2005. Benthic analysis: Mosen A oilfield environmental survey off southern Gabon (6328). Natural History Museum Consultancy Report to Gardline Environmental No.. ECM 801K/04, February 2005, 22pp, (D).

1. Bamber RN, Cabrinovic A, Clark PF, Glover AG, Lowe M and Taylor JD, 2003. Benthic analysis: inshore environmental survey off Trinidad (5951), May 2003.  Report No. ECM 801G/03, The Natural History Museum, London. 14pp  (D).


Popular Science

5. Glover AG, 2009. Don't blubber, it's biology. New Statesman October 22, 2009,

4. Glover AG, 2008. Beneath the ice. New Statesman October 23 2008,

3. Glover AG, 2008. On the bed of the deep, deep sea. Times Literary Supplement March 21 2008, 5477,

2. Glover AG, 2007. Whale-fall. Planet Earth Autumn 2007, 14-15.

1. Glover AG, 2000. Here's mud in your eye! New Scientist 167, 48-49.