2011-present Head of Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity, Natural History Museum
2007-2011 OPAL Project Manager, Natural History Museum
2003-2007 Data Manager for National Biodiversity Network Species Dictionary Project,
Natural History Museum
2001-2003 Seed Information Database Coordinator, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
1999-2000 Consultant Palynologist and Plant Macrofossil Analyst,
Archaeological Consultancy at the University of Sheffield (ARCUS)
1996-2000 PhD. The Department of Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Sheffield
Thesis: A high resolution palynological study of the Holocene vegetational
development of Central Holderness, eastern Yorkshire, with particular emphasis
on the detection of prehistoric human activity
March 2000 MA Degree in Natural Sciences. Girton College, The University of Cambridge
1993-1996 BA Honours Degree in Natural Sciences. Girton College,
The University of Cambridge Part One: First Class
Part Two: Upper Second Class
An ecologist and palaeoecologist, I am Head of the Museum’s Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity (AMC). The AMC forms a hub for partnership-based UK natural history engagement, training and research, and provides a focus for the Museum’s citizen science programme.
The AMC team run a wide range of projects that collectively aim to further the study and understanding of the UK’s biodiversity and geodiversity. We work closely with the UK’s amateur-expert naturalist community and this is reflected in our mission to inspire and support the development of existing and future naturalists.
Projects range from citizen science surveys, to answering public identification enquiries, provision of wildlife identification resources and training, and research into critical aspects of the UK’s biodiversity. The AMC also acts as a free drop in resource centre where UK natural history enthusiasts of all abilities can further their interest by accessing UK reference collections, library materials, microscopes and expertise.
Fostering active involvement in UK biodiversity and geodiversity science and supporting the UK’s taxonomic and biological recording capability are key drivers for our work.
Prior to my current role I worked on the Big Lottery Funded OPAL citizen science programme and the UK Species Inventory – the UK’s master checklist of biodiversity and primary source of naming for national and global exchange of UK wildlife observation data.
I am passionate about raising awareness of UK biodiversity and increasing active involvement in its study, whether as a career, pastime or school activity. I am involved in the ongoing development of the Museum’s Science outreach and engagement activities, both on-site and throughout the UK, including through delivery of large-scale events such as Big Nature Day and BioBlitzes. I have given public talks and lectures at a wide range of venues and have experience of contributing to broadcast, electronic and printed media.
Robinson, L.D., Tweddle, J.C., Postles, M.C., West, S.E., & Sewell, J. (2013) Guide to running a BioBlitz. Natural History Museum, Bristol Natural History Consortium, University of York and Marine Biological Association. http://www.bnhc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/BioBlitz-Guide-2013.pdf
OPAL Community Environment Report: exploring nature together (2013). ISBN: 978-0-9574377-0-8. http://www.opalexplorenature.org/CEreport (contributor)
Tweddle, J.C., Robinson, L.D. Pocock, M.J. & Roy, H.E. (2012). Guide to citizen science: developing, implementing and evaluating citizen science to study biodiversity and the environment in the UK. Natural History Museum and NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for UK-EOF. ISBN: 978-1-906698-37-9. http://www.ukeof.org.uk/resources/citizen-science-resources/
Roy, H.E., Pocock, M.J.O., Preston, C.D., Roy, D.B., Savage, J., Tweddle, J.C. & Robinson, L.D. (2012). Understanding Citizen Science & Environmental Monitoring. Final Report on behalf of UK-EOF. NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Natural History Museum. http://www.ukeof.org.uk/resources/citizen-science-resources/
Tweddle, J.C. and Edwards, K.J. (2010). Pollen preservation zones as an interpretative tool in Holocene palynology. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2010.03.004
Tweddle, J.C. and Hussey, C. (2007). Compiling and managing the Taxon Dictionary for the Recorder software package. Ferrantia, 51, 67-79.
Rudd, M. and Tweddle, J. (2007). Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL). Newsletter of the London Natural History Society, 203, 3-5.
Moles, A.T., Ackerly, D.D., Tweddle, J.C., Dickie, J.B., Smith, R., Leishman, M.R., Mayfield, M.M., Pitman, A., Wood, J.T. and Westoby, M. (2007). Global patterns in seed size. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 16, 109-116. Published online 22/08/06. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-822X.2006.00259.x
Hussey, C., Wilkinson, S. and Tweddle, J. (2006). Delivering a name-server for biodiversity information. Data Science Journal, 5, 18-28. Available online at http://www.datasciencejournal.org/
Moles, A.T., Ackerly, D.D., Webb, C.O., Tweddle, J.C., Dickie, J.B. and Westoby, M. (2005). Response to comment on “A Brief History of Seed Size”. Science, 310, 783. Full text available online at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/310/5749/783b.
Moles, A.T., Ackerly, D.D., Webb, C.O., Tweddle, J.C., Dickie, J.B., Pitman, A.J. and Westoby, M. (2005) Factors that shape seed mass evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102, 10540-10544.
Tweddle, J.C., Edwards, K.J. and Fieller, N.R.J. (2005). Multivariate statistical and other approaches for the separation of cereal from wild Poaceae pollen using a large Holocene dataset. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 14, 15-30.
Moles, A.T., Ackerly, D.D., Webb, C.O., Tweddle, J.C., Dickie, J.B. and Westoby, M. (2005). A brief history of seed size. Science, 307, 576-580.
Tweddle, J.C. and Hussey, C. (2005). Mapping equivalences: the role of a name server in providing access to real-world biodiversity datasets. In Berendsohn, W.G. & Rissoné, A. (eds) Taxonomic Databases Working Group 2005 Annual Meeting, 11-18 September 2005, St Petersburg, Russia: Expanded Abstracts. Zoological Institute and the Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg and the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin-Dahlem. 39.
Tweddle, J.C., Dickie, J.B., Baskin, C.C. and Baskin, J.M. (2003). Ecological aspects of seed desiccation tolerance. Journal of Ecology, 91, 294-304.
Bone, J., Turner, R. and Tweddle, J. (2003). The Millennium Seed Bank Project’s specimen and taxon databases. In Smith, R.D., Dickie, J.B., Linington, S.L., Pritchard, H.W. & Probert, R.J. (eds) Seed conservation: turning science into practice. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 327-336.
Tweddle, J.C., Turner, R.M., and Dickie, J.B. (2002-2003). Seed Information Database (releases 2.0-5.0) http://www.rbgkew.org.uk/data/sid.
Tweddle, J.C. (2001). Regional Vegetational History. In Bateman, M.D., Buckland, P.C., Frederick, C.D. & Whitehouse, N.J. (eds) The Quaternary of East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Field Guide. London: Quaternary Research Association. 35-46.
Fain, A., Hurst, G.D.D., Tweddle, J.C., Lachlan, R.F., Majerus, M.E.N. & Britt, D.P. (1995). Description and observations of two new species of Hemisarcoptidae from deutonymphs phoretic on Coccinellidae in Britain. International Journal of Acarology, 21, 99-106.