Mr Brian Smith

On site at Barrow
  • Department Coordinator, Labs & Technical
  • Life Sciences department
  • Invertebrates
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

1997-              Department of Zoology , NHM

1988 - 1997    School of Biological Sciences, Queen Mary College, University of London

1987 - 1988    School of Biology, N.E. London Polytechnic



1986             B.Sc. Science

1983            HND Applied Biology


UK Fieldwork

Most of the fieldwork is based around UK estuaries, especially those which have historic metal  pollution. Sites include rivers in Cornwall (Gannel, Hayle, Restronguet Creek) and  Dulas Bay on Anglessey. These are contracted with local sites in the Thames estuary which act as 'non polluted' reference locations. The fieldwork usually involves sampling sediment and fauna from the intertidal zone, be it rocky shore or mudflat (usually mudflat!) 

Overseas Fieldwork.

My work has carried me abroad to various parts of Europe, including sampling along the Polish Baltic coast and estuaries in France. Occasion trips to Brazil to sample estuary and mangroves for trace metals.

Mitten Crab Fieldwork

Work collecting Mitten crabs has involved many hours on the shores of the river Thames and sorting through the rubbish collected by power station inlet water filter screens.



Marine and estuarine environment, interactions between man and animals within aquatic systems


Project name

Trace metals

Trace metals in the aquatic environment, the interaction of metals (Zn, Cu, Cd, As) with polychaete organisms living with in the marine and estaurine environments

Project name

Mitten Crabs

The spread of the mitten crab in the Thames catchment and its effect on native crustacea


Clark PF, C.P., Smith BD, Rainbow PS, Pearce D, Miguez RP, The commercial exploitation of Thames Mitten Crab: A feasability study. 2008


Rainbow P.S., Smith BD., Luoma S.N, Biodynamic modelling and the prediction of Ag, Cd, and Zn accumulation from solution and sediment by the polychaete Nereis diversicolor. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2009. 390: p. 145-155.



C.A.R. Silva, B.D.Smith ..P.S.Rainbow., Comparative biomonitors of coastal trace metal contamination in tropical South America (N. Brazil). Marine Environmental Research, 2006. 61: p. 439-455.


 Fialkowski W, C.P., Dahlke S, Dietrich A, Moore PG, Olenin S, Persson LE, Smith BD, Spegys M, Rainbow PS, , The sandhopper Talitrus saltator (Crusteaca: Amphipoda) as a biomonitor of trace metal bioavailabilities in European coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2009. 58: p. 39 - 44.


Fialkowski W, K.-o.M., Rainbow PS, Smith BD, Zmudzinski L, Mayfly larvae (Baetis rhodani and B. vernus) as biomonitors of trace metal pollution in streams of a catchment draining a zinc and lead minimg area of Upper Silesia, Poland. Environmental Pollution, 2003. 121: p. 253-267.


Marsden ID, R.P., Smith BD, Trace metal concentrations in two New Zealand talitrid amphipods: effects of gender and reproductive state and implications for biomonitoring. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 2003. 290: p. 93-113.