Natural History Museum
- Senior Curator, Reptilia
- Life Sciences department
- Vertebrates Division
Email Mr Patrick Campbell
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, UK
2011 Senior Curator (Grade 4 Senior Curator) Sci level 3, Reptiles
1988 - 2011 Curator (Grade 5 Scientific Officer) Sci level 2, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles
1988 - 1991 Curator (Grade 6 Assistant Scientific Officer), Fish
1986 - 1988 Assistant Curator (Grade 7), Zoology
1992 BSc. (Hons) Biological Sciences, University of London, London. UK
Duties, Achievements and Expertise
Summary of duties:
- To maintain and improve curatorial standards, combat decay, to monitor IPM levels and environmental controls through project management.
- To facilitate and encourage collecting efforts in order to enhance the collection and to incorporate new material including vouchers through collaboration.
- To update, maintain and enhance taxonomic records and to manage access to the collection including the hosting of SyntheSys visitors.
- To manage the enquiry load and to respond to loan and photographic requests.
- 2013: Reptile and Amphibian entire type collection curated
- 2009-11: Collections Storage Infrastructure Programme (CSIP):
- Supervision of the Wildebeest Large Vertebrate Preparation Facility Project - this involved the movements of specimens into temporary storage at Wandsworth while the new Large Vertebrate Store (LVS) was re-fitted with compactorised storage. From the arrival of the removal company to begin the decant, it took 12 weeks to move approximately 20,000 zoology specimens.
- Wandsworth Specimen re-housing programme - large fish and reptile specimens were re-housed at outstation facility in Wandsworth (oversized residual specimens moved as part of CSIP: Wildebeest Large Vertebrate Preparation Facility Project: Phase 1)
- Molecular Collections Facility Project - new specialised and centralised molecular storage facility (MCF) which provides an integrated approach to the management and maintenance of molecular collections including the creation of a new database system - MCF Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) merging KeEmu and Freezerpro designed specifically to enable the close monitoring of tissue samples being transported in and out of the facility.
- 2009 – 2011: Fish skeleton collection and the Archaeological Digital online Fish identification database
- Calotes and Sitana species complexes
- Unravelling the taxonomic problems of these two groups of agamid lizards from Sri Lanka
- Trachemys turtles
- Current research on the molecular systematics of Trachemys has shown that traditional taxon delimitation requires revision and that some currently recognized taxa are composed of distinct genetic lineages.
- Indian snakes collected by Patrick Russell
- Conducting historical research, taxonomic updates and restoring snakeskins collected by Russell
- Pelomedusa turtles
- Disentangling the Pelomedusa complex using type specimens and historical DNA