2002 - present Natural History Museum - Curator, Bird Group, Dept of Zoology
2002 Natural History Museum - Project Officer, Citizen's Tree of Life, Dept of
Information & Library Systems
1999 - 2001 Wood End Museum, Scarborough Borough Council - Project Co-ordinator
1998 - 1999 Natural History Museum - Research Assistant, Mammal Section, Zoology
1996 - 1997 Royal Museum (National Museums of Scotland) Dept of Geology & Zoology
Professional Assistant on Birds
1997 Deer Commission for Scotland - Scientific Officer
1995 - 1996 Royal Museum (National Museums of Scotland) Dept of Geology & Zoology
B. Sc. (Hons) Biological Sciences - Edinburgh Napier University
2008 To Whom Does The Egg Shell Signal? Contrast and Perception of Avian Eggs. THE LEVERHULME TRUST Co-applicant (with Dr. P. Cassey University of Birmingham): £85,573
Specifically, the use of data-poor egg collections to research how and why eggshells have evolved such a rich diversity of colour, appearance, and bio-mineral architecture.
2001-2003 Member of Biology Curators Group Committee
2003 - 2007 Member of NatSCA Committee.
2005 - present Meeting Secretary for Bird Curators Britain and Ireland (BCBI)
Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS)
Founding Member of the Natural Science Collections Association (NatSCA)
I am responsible for the curation of the national avian egg and nest collections as part of the team of bird group curators in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum (NHM).
In the egg and nest collection I am responsible for:
Royal Tern (Sterna maxima) egg
The NHM egg collection is one of the largest resources of its kind in the world. Containing over 300,000 clutches the collection is regularly used by scientific researchers from across the globe. The collection is used to study:
Fuscous Honeyeater (Meliphaga fusca) nest
Moreton Island, Australia
The NHM Nest Collection contains over 4000 examples. This unique collection is an intimate record of behaviour and an important research resource on avian architecture. The collection is currently undergoing extensive curation and re-arrangement.
The egg and nest collection benefits from the assistance of several long-term and short-term volunteers to whom I am indebted.
I have spent the last four years researching the three 'Winter Journey' Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri G. R. Gray, 1844 eggs collected by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Edward A. Wilson and Henry R. Bowers on the British Antarctic 'Terra Nova' Expedition, 1910.
I am also currently involved in research on George Murray Levick's work on the Adélie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841) colony at Cape Adare on the British Antarctic 'Terra Nova' Expedition, 1910.
I am keen to facilitate research on historical egg collections and maximising their research potential.