2003 - present Associate Keeper (Deputy Head of Department)
1995 Head of Division, Invertebrates II
1993 Chair, Biodiversity: Ecological Patterns Programme
1993 Principal Researcher, Nematode & Polychaete Research Group
1989 Senior Scientific Officer, Deep-Sea Research Group
1987 Research Scientist, Deep-Sea Research Group
1980 Research Scientist, Cnidaria Section
1976 Research Assistant, Echinoderm & Protochordate Section
1989-93 University of Wales, Ph.D. (external)
1972-76 Department of Zoology, University of St. Andrews. B.Sc (hons). Zoology
2005 Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, University of Southampton
2004 - Member of steering group, CeDAMar
1998 – Special advisor Kasesart University Research and Development Institute
1999 – 2004 Member of steering group, Biodiversity Aysén Project
Biodiversidad Marina (Project MECESUP UVA 0205) 10 lectures to 20 final year students, University of Valparaiso, Chile, April 2007)
2008 – Editorial board, Marine Biodiversity
2008 Analyses of Canyon Fauna EU HERMES subcontract)
2007 Benthic Biodiversity of seamounts in the southwest Indian Ocean. NHM PI NERC
2007 Conference Travel grant (9th International Polychaete Conference, Maine). Royal Society
2006 Tsunami impacts in Laem Son, Ranong Province, Thailand. NHM leader EU Pro Asian Fund
2006 Travel funds to visit NMNH Washington DC. CoML CeDAMar
2006 Databasing abyssal polychaetes. CoML CeDAMar
2005 Habitat assessment in Ranong – post tsunami impacts. EU CHARM
2004 MarBEF NHM manager, contributor to Deepsets and PROPE Taxon RMPs EU DGXII
2001- 2005: Systematics, gene flow and biogeography of polychaetes from the Clipperton Clarion Fracture zone. Kaplan Foundation
1999 – 2002: Coastal Biodiversity in Ranong. Project Co-ordinator. EC Environment for Developing Countries
1999 – 2002 Biodiversity Aysén Science Co-ordinator for NHM, member of Steering Group, Field programme. EC Environment for Developing Countries
1996 - 1998 Taxonomy across the Internet. Project Co-ordinator. Darwin Initiative
1996 – 1998 Laguna San Rafael National Park Biodiversity Research Programme. NHM co-ordinator, Field programme, Darwin Initiative
1997 -1999 Impact of predation on deep–sea benthos. Collaboration with Prof. J. Eckman and Prof. D. Thistle National Science Foundation
Focusing on biodiversity of high diversity environments particularly the deep sea and tropical shallow seas
1) Diversity of polychaetes in the central equatorial Pacific. This is an international collaboration with Prof Craig Smith, University of Hawaii, Dr Lenaic Menot and Joelle Galeron, IFREMER, Prof Andy Gooday, National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton and Dr Adam Cook, International Seabed Authority assessing biodiversity across the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone manganese province using both morphological and molecular approaches.
2) Temporal change in NE Atlantic abyssal systems. This project is analysing changes in the infaunal assemblages over the past 10 years, using polychaetes as a exemplar. The results to date suggest that there is a much closer link between upper ocean productivity and abyssal ecosystems that was previously thought. This project is a collaboration with Dr Henry Ruhl, Dr David Billett,Dr Lawrence Hawkins NOCS, Dr Eulogio Soto, University of Valparaiso and Dr Myrim Sibuet and Joel Galeron, IFREMER
3) Tsunami impacts in Thailand. This project studies the Impact and recovery of tropical intertidal and shallow subtidal assemblages in Ranong, Thailand, following the tsunami of 2004. The impact of the tsunami on human populations is well documented but little attention has been given to the impact on the natural resources upon which local communities rely. In this EU funded project an assessment of the impact together with the perceptions of local communities was assessed. This project was a collaboration between Mike Kendall, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Dr Chittima Aryuthaka, Kasetsart University, Bangkok. www.tils.ku.ac.th.
In a spin off project Chris Allen, NERC case student NOCS, is studying the recovery of the bubbler crabs from impacted beaches in SW Thailand.
1) Census of Marine Life project – database of abyssal polychaete species and providing a unified dataset for abyssal pacific polychaetes with the aim of providing information to organisations such as the ISA on sustainable management of manganese nodule province. Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Diversity ( www.cedamar.org)
1) Developing a unified taxonomic atlas for abyssal polychaetes. This project is integrating taxonomic information from a number of international research groups to produce a unified dataset. This database will be used to address questions of distribution and evolution in abyssal systems. This project uses scratchpads developed by the EU funded EDIT project. The system and site was developed by Dr Adrian Glover at the Museum Polychaetes Info site
2005 - John Dinley – Anatomy of polychaete guts (Self funded), University of Southampton
2006 – 2009: Claudio Vassapolo Analyses of the spatial and temporal variability in the distribution and population structure of selected invertebrates in Posidonia oceanica meadows and relationships with plant features. Statione Zoologica, Napoli - Open University.
2006 – 2010: Chris Allen – Ecology and population structure of the intertidal crab Dotilla following the 2004 tsunami (NERC-CASE) University of Southampton
2005 – 2009: Eulogio Soto – Ecology of polychaetes from an abyssal time series (externally funded), University of Southampton
2001 – 2005: Chris Barrio Frojan – Ecology of intertidal macrofauna communities of tropical intertidal habitats (self-funded), University of Southampton
1996 - 1999: Adrian Glover – Abyssal polychaete ecology (NHM and University of Southampton funded), University of Southampton
1993 - 1996: Torin Morgan – the biology and ecology of Pygiospio elegans (NERC CASE), University of Southampton
1990 - 1995: Grant Rowe – Ecology of the intertidal sediment systems of Solent Breezes (Self funded), University of Southampton
1990 - 1993: Sonia Batten – Ecophysiology of (NHM and University of Southampton funded), University of Southampton
2007 – Nick Higgs Bathymetric zonation in deep-sea ophiuroids, University of Southampton
2007 – Agnes Mittermayr – offshore biodiversity in Ranong, Thailand, University of Southampton
2004-2006 Dylan Clarke - Polychaete community structure from Namibia Coast. University of the Western Cape, RSA
1989 – present: Jointly supervised 10 undergraduate final year projects with University of Southampton staff
51 peer reviewed publications, 32 consultancy and project reports, two websites
Allen, C. J., G. L. J. Paterson, L. E. Hawkins, C. Hauton, P. Clark and C. Aryuthaka (in press) Zonation on sandy tropical beaches: a case study using Dotilla intermedia (Brachyura; Ocypodidae). Marine Ecology-Progress Series.
Soto, E., G. L. J. Paterson, D. S. M. Billett, L. E. Hawkins, J. Galeron, and M. Sibuet. (In press) Temporal changes in polychaete assemblages of the NE Atlantic Ocean. Deep-Sea Research II.
Dinley, J., L.E. Hawkins, G.L.J. Paterson, A. Ball , I. Sinclair, P. Sinnet-Jones, and S. Lanham. (accepted). Micro-computed tomography-a new nondestructive method of assessing sectional, fly-through and 3d imaging of soft bodied marine worms. Journal of Microscopy. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2009.03335.x
Barrio Froján, C.R.S., M.A. Kendall, G.L.J. Paterson, L.E. Hawkins, S. Nimsantijaroen, & C. Aryuthaka, 2009 The importance of bare sedimentary habitats for maintaining high polychaete diversity and the implications for the design of marine protected areas. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.1031
Gordon L J Paterson, Adrian G Glover, Christopher R.S. Barrio Froján, Amoret Whitaker,Nataliya Budaeva, Jim Chimonides and Stacy Doner, A census of abyssal polychaetes, Deep–Sea Research II, 56: 1739-1746 Doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.05.018.
Ayari, R. A. Muir, G.L. J. Paterson, A. Afli, P.Aissa. 2009. An updated list of polychaetous annelids from Tunisian coasts (Western Mediterranean Sea). Cahiers de Biologie Marine. 50: 33-45.
Kendall, M. A., C. Aryuthaka, J. Chimonides, D. Daungnamon, J. Hills, C. Jittanoon, P. Komwachirapitak, V. Kongkaew, A. Mittermeyr,Y. Monthum, S. Nimsantijaroen, G. L. J. Paterson, R. Foster-Smith, J. Foster-Smith, N. Thongsin 2009. The Post-Tsunami Recovery of Shallow Water Biota and Habitats on the Andaman Coast of Thailand. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies. 18(1): 69-75.
Mincks S. L., P. L. Dyal, G. L. J. Paterson, C. R. Smith, and A. G. Glover. 2008. Ecology and phylogenetics of an abundant new Antarctic polychaete (Annelida, Spionidae, Aurospio), including revision of the genus, and evidence of evolutionary links to deep-sea fauna. Marine Ecology An Evolutionary Prespective. 2008: 1-17.
Thistle, D., J. Eckman and G.L.J. Paterson 2008. Large, motile epifauna interact strongly with harpacticoid copepods and polychaetes at a bathyal site. Deep-Sea Research Part I: 324-331.
Kendall, M. A., G. L. J. Paterson, C. Aryuthaka, , S. Nimsantijaroen, , W. Kongkaeow, and N. Whanpetch 2006. Impact of the 2004 Tsunami on intertidal sediment and rocky shore assemblages in Ranong and Phang Nha Provinces, Thailand. Phuket Marine Biological Centre. Research Bulletin 67: 63-75Paterson, G. L. J., A. G. Glover and C. Tillman 2006. Body size response of abyssal polychaetes to different nutrient regimes. Scientia Marina 70S3: 319-330.
Barrio Frojan, C., M. A. Kendall, G. L. J. Paterson, L.E.Hawkins, S. Nimsantijoroen, and C. Aryuthaka 2006. Patterns of polychaete diversity in tropical intertidal habitats. Scientia Marina 70S3: 239-248
Barrio Froján, C.R.S., L.E. Hawkins, C. Aryuthaka, S. Nimsantiajaroen, M. A. K. Kendall and G.L.J. Paterson 2005. Patterns of polychaete communities in tropical sedimentary habitats: a case study in SW Thailand. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 53(1): 7-17.
Paterson, G L. J., M A. Kendall, C Aryuthaka, N J Evans, Y Monthum, C Jittanoon, P Campbell, L R Noble, K M O’Neill.( 2011 ) Tsunami impacts in the marine environment: review and results from studies in Thailand (Submitted to Proceedings of SE Asian Gateway Conference) .