Martine Claremont
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Natural History Museum
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PhD. Imperial College London, UK. Nov 2007 – ongoing. 

MRes Biosystematics (Distinction). Imperial College London, UK. Oct 2006 – Sep 2007.

BA (Honors). Swarthmore College, PA, USA. Major in Biology, Minor in Computer Science.     
Sep 1995 – May 1999.

Employment history

Consultant. Cartesian LTD, London, UK. Jul 2006 – Aug 2007

Computational Biologist. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA.                       
Mar 2004 – Apr 2006.

Customer Support Engineer & Software Developer. LION bioscience AG, Heidelberg, Germany. Jan 2002 – Dec 2003.

Consultant (Euro-Migration Specialist). EDS Italia, Rome, Italy. Jul 2001 – Nov 2001.

Technical Support Engineer. Lucent Technologies, Munich, Germany. Jul 2000 – Jul 2001.

Assistant Teacher of Computer Science. Munich International School, Starnberg, Germany.
Aug 1999 – Jun 2000.

Professional Activities


World Congress of Malacology

At the World Congress of Malacology in Antwerp

  • Award of the Systematics Association. Natural History Museum  Student Conference. Apr 2010.
  • Best Poster Presentation. World Congress of Malacology. Jul 2007
  • Best Talk Runner-Up. Natural History Museum Postgraduate Research Day. Feb 2007.


  • Student Travel Grand. Unitas Malacologica. Mar 2010.
  • Student Research Award. Unitas Malacologica.       
    Sep 2008.
  • Travel Grant. The Malacological Society of London. Feb 2008.
  • Natural History Museum Studentship. Apr 2007.
  • Imperial College Deputy Rector's Studentship.      
    Apr 2007.
Collecting in Guam

Collecting in Guam


  • World Congress of Malacology, Phuket, Thailand. Jul 2010. (Talk)
  • Evolution 2010, Portland, OR, USA. Jun 2010. (Talk)
  • Molluscan Forum, Natural History Museum. Nov 2009. (Organizer)
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston, MA, USA. Jan 2009. (Poster)
  • Congress of the European Malacological Societies, Ponta Delgado, Portugal. Sep 2008. (Talk)


Field site in Costa Rica

Playa Piñuela, a field site in Costa Rica

  • World Congress of Malacology, Antwerp, Belgium.  Jul 2007. (Poster)
  • LERN Conference, Natural History Museum, London. Sep 2006. (Talk)
  • Postgraduate Research Day, Natural History Museum, London. Feb 2006. (Talk)



  • Unitas Malacologica
  • The Malacological Society of London
  • Systematics Association
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Sigma Xi




Collecting in the Cold

Collecting in the cold for a change


PhD Research

On fieldwork in Malaysia

Fieldwork in Malaysia

The global radiations of rapanine and ergalataxine marine snails: vicariance, dispersal and diet

Project Summary

In order to understand current patterns of species richness, distribution and morphological disparity, it is necessary to investigate paleogeographic events, modern dispersal events and species ecology. If ancient tectonic events are responsible for modern diversity patterns, we would expect that phylogenetic breaks between clades should correlate in time and space with tectonic events that have caused vicariance.  

Using phylogenetics to test hypotheses of divergence

Using phylogenetics to test hypotheses of divergence

Furthermore, similar patterns should appear across unrelated taxa, irrespective of life history. If, on the other hand, relatively recent dispersal has shaped diversity patterns, we would not expect a priori that patterns in different taxa should be congruent, although we might expect similar patterns in groups with similar life histories. Alternatively, if ecological effects have been important, we might expect a key innovation to be followed by an adaptive radiation. 

Maps of Global Paleogeography

Model Organisms

Drupa morum

Drupa morum

Molluscs are useful for studies of diversification because of the large volume of taxonomic, biogeographic and paleontological information available; they are well studied, have a good fossil record, are reasonably species-rich, and occur worldwide in various habitats. The carnivorous marine snails in the muricid subfamilies Rapaninae and Ergalataxinae fit these criteria. Thus, the Rapaninae and Ergalataxinae are excellent models for studies of vicariance, dispersal and ecological speciation in the sea.

PhD Supervisors

  • Professor Tim Barraclough, Imperial College London
Tim Barraclough
  • Dr. David Reid, NHM
David Reid
  • Dr. Suzanne Williams, NHM
Suzanne Williams