Ms Margaret Packer

Margaret Packer
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Life Sciences department
  • Invertebrates
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


Employment history

2004 - present      Laboratory Manager/Research Assistant, Polychaete & Nematode Research Groups, NHM (The Natural History Museum), London.

  • Assist the polychaete & nematode research groups.
  • Manage the benthic research & contracts laboratories.
  • Support departmental contract work.

2004       Countryside Ranger (seasonal), Glasgow City Council.

  • Wildlife education and interpretation.
  • Patrol open spaces and record wildlife data.

2001       Animal Welfare Officer, SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Glasgow.

  • Rescue & assessment of sick & injured animals.
  • Assist inspectors  with rescue & cruelty cases.

2000       Assistant Hatchery Manager, Salmon Farm, Salar Ltd., Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

  • Production, sale and transportation of ova and fry.



2002 - 03   MSc in Marine Resource Management, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

  • Dissertation: Changes in benthic communities through an oxygen minimum zone off the Pakistan Margin.

1995 - 99 Honours degree in Aquatic Bioscience, University of Glasgow.



P. John D. Lambshead, Margaret Packer, Nicola Debenham-Cook, James G. Baldwin, Manuel Mundo-Ocampo, Paul De-Ley, Paul Angel, W. Kelley Thomas, Simon Creer (2011). Marine benthic nematode handbook: technical study No7. International Seabed Authority, ISBN 978-976-95268-8-4.

Vera G. Fonseca, Gray R. Carvalho, Way Sung, Harriet F, Johnson, Deborah M. Power, Simon P. Neill, Margaret Packer, Mark L. Blaxter, P. John D. Lambshead, W. Kelley Thomas & Simon Creer (2010). Second-generation environmental sequencing unmasks marine metazoan biodiversity. Nature Communications, Vol. 1: 1-8. doi:10.1038/ncomms1095

S. Creer, V.G. Fonseca, D.L. Porazinska, R.M. Giblin-Davis, W. Sung, D.M. Power, M. Packer,  G.R. Carvalho, M.L. Blaxter,  P.J.D. Lambshead,  and W. K. Thomas (2009). Ultra-sequencing of the meiofaunal biosphere: practice, pitfalls and promises. Molecular Ecology, Vol. 19 (suppl. 1) 4-20. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04473.x/pdf

J. Davenport, R.J.J.W. Smith, & M. Packer (2000). Mussels (Mytilus edulis L.): Significant consumers and destroyers of mesozooplankton. Marine Ecological Progress Series 198: 131-137.

  • T.J. Ferrero, A.D. Cabrinovic, P.F. Clark, M.C. Lowe, A.I. Muir, L. Nealova,
    M. Packer, G.L.J. Paterson & J.D. Taylor (2008). Data Report: Survey No. 67-9633 (Philippines)
    Benthic Macrofauna, Client: Fugro Surveys Ltd.
  • R.N. Bamber, R.S. Robbins, A. Glover, M. Packer & G. Paterson (2005). Survey of Macrofauna from Walney & West Duddon. NHM Consulting Report No. ECM 802C/05, Client: Titan Environmental Surveys.
  • R.N. Bamber, R.S. Robbins, N.J. Evans, C. Barrio-Froján, A. Glover, M. Packer & G. Paterson (2005). Benthic Analysis: Mosen A oilfield environmental survey off Southern Gabon (6328). NHM Consulting Report No. ECM 801K/04, Client: Gardline Environmental Ltd.
  • R.N. Bamber, R.S. Robbins, C. Barrio-Froján, A. Glover, M. Packer & G. Paterson (2005). Benthic Analysis: Mosen H oilfield environmental survey, 1100-1160m Depth off Southern Gabon (6329). NHM Consulting Report No. ECM 801L/05, Client: Gardline Environmental Ltd.

Contributions to consultancy reports - benthic macrofauna

European waters:

  • Adriatic 2013
  • Kilroot 2008 – 2011
  • Shetland Isles 2009
  • River Fields 2008
  • Barrow 2005 & 2009

Non-European waters:

  • Falkland Isles 2011
  • Falkland Isles 2009
  • Philippines 2008
  • Angola 2006
  • Gabon 2005
Conference posters
  • E. Sherlock, M. Packer & H. Taylor (2009). Digitisation of a "Type" collection accessible through a web based catalogue. The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) Conference, Leiden, Holland. 
  • M. Packer, S. Blenkin, S. Creer, R. Floyd, E. Abebe, P.  Angel, J. Baldwin, A. Cook, D.H. Lunt, A.D. Rogers, W.K. Thomas, P.J.D. Lambshead (2006). A deep sea nematode morphological and DNA barcode database. The 11th Deep Sea Symposium, Southampton, UK.