Ms Louise Tomsett

pangolin
  • Curator, Mammals
  • Life Sciences department
  • Vertebrates Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

NHM Employment history

2004 - current   Curator, Mammal Group, Zoology Department

2002- 2004         Darwin Centre Tour guide / Assistant Curator, Zoology Department  

                           (worked in Fish, Invertebrates I & II & Mammals curation groups)

1997 - 1998        Volunteer, Palaeontology Department

 

 

 

Qualifications

MSc Wildlife Biology & Conservation 

BSc (Hons) Open (Zoology, Palaeontology & Ecology)

Curation

Personal interests

  • Carnivora 
  • South-east Asian Fish & Mammals, particularly those of Kalimantan
  • Wildlife crime & forensics
  • Animal patternation & markings
  • Conservation 
  • Historic collections, exploration & expeditions
  • Taxidermy - history & methods
  • Specimen preparation

 

Special projects

  • Curation & data-basing of Manis collection
  • Curation & data-basing of Carnivora collection
  • Skills trade with Royal College of Surgeons, London
  • Seba Collection & Linnean Type specimen project

Responsibilities

Zoology Department Roles:

  • KE Emu database NHM steering group, Vertebrates Representative
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Co-ordinator
  • Environmental Focus Group (EFG) Curation Representative

Mammal Group (MG) Roles:

  • OIC Academic visitor access
  • Identifications - including wildlife crime & contract work
  • Destructive sampling loans - application assessment, sampling & dispatch (particularly for Carnivora)
  • Enquiries co-ordinator
  • KE Emu database development 
  • External exhibition loans liaison 
  • Specimen preparation 
  • IPM representative 
  • MG web pages (in development)

Memberships

Society for Wildlife Forensic Science

SWFS website

Society for the History of Natural History

SHNH website

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

SPNHC website

Publications

Web articles 

Dusicyon australis identification 

London Museums Group - behind the scenes

London Museums Group - skills trade scheme 1

London Museums Group - skills trade scheme 2

Society for the History of Natural History conference, 2004

 

Web pages

Cryptoprocta ferox species web page

Manis javanica species web page

 

Acknowledgements

2009
  • Koyabu, D.B. and Endo, H. ( 2009 ) Craniofacial variation and dietary adaptations of African colobines Journal of Human Evolution 56 : 525–536 .
2008
  • Asher, R.J. and Lehmann, T. ( 2008 ) Dental eruption in afrotherian mammals BMC Biology 6 : 14 .
  • Barnett, R., Yamaguchi, N., Shapiro, B. and Sabin, R. ( 2008 ) Ancient DNA analysis indicates the first English lions originated from North Africa Contributions to Zoology 77 (1) : .
  • Meegaskumbura, S. and Schneider, C.J. ( 2008 ) A taxonomic evaluation of the shrew Suncus montanus (Sorcidae:Crocidurinae) of Sri Lanka and India Cey. J. Sci. (Bio. Sci.) 37 (2) : 129-136 .
2005
  • Chakrabarty, P. and Ng, H.H. ( 2005 ) The identity of catfishes identified as Mystus cavasius (Hamilton, 1822) (Teleostei: Bagridae), with a description of a new species from Myanmar Zootaxa 1093 : 1-24 .