Dr Paul Clark

Paul Clark on fieldwork
  • Researcher
  • Life Sciences department
  • Invertebrates
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Employment history

2008-present     Crustacea Research Group

2001-2008         Grade 4, Decapoda Worker and Contract Support

1992-2001         Grade 4, Curation Manager, Inverts II

1990-1992         Senior Scientific Officer

1986-1990         Higher Scientific Officer

1978-1985         Scientific Officer

1974-1977         Assistant Scientific Officer

1974                   Joined the Crustacea Section,
                             Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum, London

1973-1974         Computer Operator,
                             Seismograph Services Ltd (UK)

1968-1969         Laboratory Assistant, Chemotheraphy,
                              Wellcome Research Laboratories              

Qualifications

Higher education

1994-2007         University Marine Biological Station, Millport (part-time)

1977-1979         Polytechnic of Central London (part-time)

1969-1973         Portsmouth Polytechnic

Academic qualifications

2007                   PhD

1980                   MSc Modern Taxonomy

1973                   BSc (General) Physiology & Zoology

MSc Thesis

Clark, PF 1980. British spider crabs of the genus Inachus; a morphological study of larval development. Polytechnic of Central London/City of London Polytechnic, MSc. Modern Taxonomy (CNAA) pp. 1-140, figs 1-29, pls 1-14. 

PhD Thesis

Clark, PF 2007. Xanthoid crab (Crustacea: Decapoda:Brachyura) classification and phylogeny: an appraisal using the chaetotaxy of first stage zoeae. Thesis pp1-473; Appendix I Larval Descriptions pp 1-227; Appendix II Larval Figures Acantholobulus bermudensis to Lophozozymus pictor pp 1-308; Appendix III Larval Figures Lybia plumosa to Zozymodes xanthoides pp 309-590. University Marine Station Millport, University of London.

                

Professional Roles

Honorary position

Honorary Research Associate of the Raffles Museum, Singapore, November 2002.

Editorial Boards
  • Pakistan Journal of Marine Science, Editorial Advisor since 2000.
  • Aquatic Invasions, Editorial Board since November 2005.
  • Marine Biodiversity Records, Editor-in-Chief since January 2009.
Learned Societies
  • Honorary Treasurer of the Ray Society 2006-present
  • Council member of Tetrapods 
  • Ray Society council member 2000
  • European Governor, Crustacean Society. 1999 and 2000
Scientific conference committees
  • 9th Colloquium 2008, Crustacea Decapoda Mediterranea, Torino, Italia.
  • 7th Colloquium 1999, Crustacea Decapoda Mediterranea, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 6th Colloquium 1996, Crustacea Decapoda Mediterranea, Florence, Italy.
Organisation of Conferences
  • 6th International Crustacean Congress, Glasgow, 2005, organiser of the 4th Crustacean Larval Conference, Invasive Crustacea co-organiser with Liz Cook.
  • 4th International Crustacean Congress, Amsterdam, 1998, Invasive Crustacea, co-organiser with Pere Noël and Darryl Felder.
  • 2nd European Crustacean Conference, Liege, Belgium, 1996. 1st Larval Conference.
  • Underwater Association, Annual Symposium convener 1981-86, London, UK
Invited speaker at conferences
  • Advances in Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics, San Antonio, Texas, 2008. Xanthid crab (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) classification and phylogeny: an appraisal using the setotaxy of first stage zoeas and with Jose Cuesta, The bearing of larval morphology on decapod phylogeny. Funded by NSF Tree of Life Programme.
  • Shellfish Association of Great Britain, Annual Conference London, 2007, Chinese mitten crab and chips. Funded by Association.
  • Symposium on Biodiversity, Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. 2002. Funded. Invited speaker.
  • Tweed Invasives 2, Kelso, Scotland, 2001, The Chinese Mitten Crab. Funded by Tweed Forum.
  • An Introduction to Molluscs, Curation, Conservation and Uses, 2000, Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Invited speaker; Museum Glassware.
Contributions to Workshops

Benthic Marine Invertebrate Identification Workshop including free-living marine nematodes; polychaetes, peracarid Crustaceans and Decapoda. Department of BCB, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa: 2007. Prepared 5 talks for decapod workshop and presented a seminar on Thames mitten crabs. Workshop funded by The Royal Society.

PhDs examined
  • Universitat de Barcelona, 2008
  • University of Singapore, 2008
  • University of Karachi, 2007
Societies
  • Fellow of the Zoological Society of London
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • Member of the Biological Society of Washington
  • Member of the Crustacean Society
  • Member of the Japanese Carcinological Society
  • Member of the Brazilian Crustacean Society

Fieldwork

Diving qualifications:
  • Commenced training, 10/10/72
  • BSAC Snorkel Diver, 28/04/74
  • BSAC 3rd Class Diver, 11/07/74
  • BSAC 2nd Class Diver, 09/08/77
  • BSAC Club Instructor, 10/12/77
  • BSAC Advanced Instructor, 20/09/88
  • Brevet de Moniteur International de Plongee, 1 star, M1 GB 425 issued BSAC London
  • Brevet de Moniteur International de Plongee, 2 star, M2 GB 327 issued BSAC London
  • Brevet International de Plongee Scientifique, PS GB O69 issued 15/07/81
  • HSE Certificate of Competence, issued by the Secretary, British Museum (Natural History), 26/11/81
  • Diver Training Certificate; PartIV/367/88, Appropriate training and/or experience verified by the Health and Safety Executive, 01/06/88
  • Certificate of Diving First Aid, Certificate number 2993, Date of issue 1/10/91
Diving courses attended:
  • Chartwork, 13/10/74, BSAC
  • Boathandling, 23/2/76, BSAC
  • Sub Aqua Bronze Medallion, 22/2/76, BSAC
  • Compressor operations & Management, 22/4/78, BSAC
  • Dry Suit Course, 2/85, BSAC
  • VHF Radio, 20/2/86, Naval Club, London; RYA Day Skipper, 26/5/87, Kingsdale School, London
  • Advanced Instructor Course, 4-5/7/87, BSAC, Fort, Bovisand
  • First Aid for Divers; 7/2/88, BSAC
  • Oxygen Administration, 8/5/88, B06/2, Fort Bovisand
  • RYA Diver Cox'n, 13/5/89, BO9/7, Fort Bovisand
Diving experience:
  • July 1973, Diving Expedition to Illes Medas, L'Estartit, Espana, Portsmouth Polytechnic
  • 1974, Assisted Dr R.W. Ingle & Mr Wyn Thomas in Crayfish, Austropotamobuis palipes, mark and recapture experiments, River Darenth, Kent, England
  • August 1974, Diving Expedition to Holy Island, West Coast of Scotland Assisting Dr R.W. Ingle in decapod studies
  • August 1974, Diving Expedition to Tunisia Marine survey, Polytechnic of Central London
  • BM(NH) field work, West Coast of Ireland, Falmouth, Brixham, Thames Estuary, Swanage
  • April 1980, Sinai Peninsular, Red Sea Underwater Photography
  • April 1985, Sinai Peninsular, Red Sea Underwater Photography
  • July 1987, Ischia, Italy Decapod larval studies on Posidonia beds
  • Sep.-Nov. 1987, BM(NH) Contract Work, North Norfolk Coast
  • Nov. 1988-to date, BM(NH) Contract Work, North Norfolk Coast
  • December 1988, Red Sea Underwater Photography
  • December 1989, Cayman Brac Underwater Photography
Diving posts held on societies:
  • West Wickham BSAC Branch 533 (Member since 1973, Instructor, Diving Officer Nov. 86-Nov. 88)
  • Underwater Association (Council member 1979-1991, Symposium convener 1978-86)
  • British Society of Underwater Photographers (Committee Member 1979-1981)
Photographic competitions:

Winner of BSOUP "On the Day" trophy, May 1989.

NHM diving contracts:
  • Royal Society and Soviet Acadamy of Sciences; jointly with G. Boxshall; travel support grant for field work diving in Lake Biakal, 1990 1991& 1993.
  • North Norfolk coast survey for Long Sewage outfall. 1998, 
  • Environmental impact of the wrecking of the Million Hope on the coral reef at Al Fawz, South Sinai, Egypt. July 1996, Thanet subtidal survey, August 1997.
  • Marlin on Sha’b Ashrâfi, North of Hurgharda, Gulf of Suez, Egypt, May 1998.
  • Cliffe Pools Lagoon Invertebrate Survey, 1998. Fleet Lagoon, 1999.
  • Normandy Farm and Acre Lagoons, Lymington and Portland Harbour, 2000
Land Rover Experience:
  • Level I Familiarisation Course 13th February 1996
  • Level II Specialist Course 28th July 1997
  • Winching Course 16th May 2002
Fieldwork:

Fundaçáo Universidade of Rio Grande, Departamento of Oceanografia, Laboratório de Crustáceos Decápodos, Brazil: Libinia spinosa with Danilo Calazans and Suelma S. Rodrigues, February - March 1996, Darwin Inititive.

European research project, INCO-DC no. IC18-CT96-0127, "Macrobenthos of Eastern African mangroves: life cycles and reproductive biology of exploited species" to work on Inhaca Island, Moçambique. Septemeber 1997. Collaboration with José Paula (Principle Investigator), IMAR-Guia Marine Lab, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

Diversity and distribution of marine benthic biotopes in the Laguna San Rafael National Park, Chile. Darwin Initiative Funding in Collaboration with Operation Raleigh. February 1999.

Coastal Biodiversity in Ranong, Thailand. Objective To develop and promote awareness and teaching of tropical marine biodiversity in Thailand, thus empowering the local community, students, conservationists to conserve fragile marine habitats, such as seagrass meadows and mangroves.

Project collaboration between Kasesart University, Bangkok, Wildlife Fund Thailand Kampaun Small Fisheries Co-operative and the NHM and PML. Project co-ordinator in Thailand: Dr Chittima Arythaka, Kasetsart University. Funding: Project supported By European Commission Directorate General for Development, with funds from the institutes concerned. 4-16 September 2000.

Publications

I have over 150 publications, including journal papers and consultancy reports:

Full bibliography PDF (163.6 KB)

Most recent peer-reviewed publications

2014

Huys R, Low M E Y, de Grave S, Ng P K L, CLARK P F 2014 On two reports associated with James Wood-Mason and Alfred William Alcock published by the Indian Museum and the Indian Marine Survey between 1890 and 1891: determination of authorships, dates and their implications for malacostracan nomenclature. Zootaxa 3757: 001-078. doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3757.1.1

Morritt D, Stefanoudis P V, Pearce D, Crimmen O A, CLARK P F (2014) Plastic in the Thames: a river runs through it. Marine Pollution Bulletin 78: 196–200. DOI information: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.10.035

Lai J C Y, Thoma B, CLARK P F, Felder D L, Ng P K L (2014) Phylogeny of eriphioid crabs (Brachyura, Eriphioidea) inferred from molecular and morphological studies. Zoologica Scripta 43: 52-64. doi:10.1111/zsc.12030

Macpherson E, Amon D, CLARK P F (2014) A new species of Munidopsis from a seamount of the Southwest Indian Ocean Ridge (Decapoda: Munidopsidae) Zootaxa 3753: 291-296.

2013

Morritt D, Mills H, Hind K, Clifton-Dey D, CLARK P F (2013) Monitoring downstream migrations of Eriocheir sinensis H. Milne Edwards, 1853 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Grapsoidea: Varunidae) in the River Thames using capture data from a water abstraction intake. Management of Biological Invasions 4: 139-147.

Karhan S Ü, Yokeş M B, CLARK P F, Galil B S (2013) First Mediterranean record of Actaea savignii (H. Milne Edwards, 1834) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae), an additional Erythrean alien crab. BioInvasions Records 2: 145-148.

Minchin D, Cook E J, CLARK P F (2013) Alien species in British brackish and marine waters. Aquatic Invasions 8: 3-19.

CLARK P F, Stefanoudis P V, Pearce D, Morritt D (2013) Commercial exploitation of eels (Anguilla anguilla) and Chinese mitten crabs (Eriocheir sinensis): additional Thames fyke net trials. The final report for the Environment Agency and the Marine Management Organisation. For the attention of Heidi Stone and Darryl Clifton-Dey Environment Agency, and Michael Johnson, Marine Management Organisation. pp. 47.

Morritt D, Pearce D, CLARK P F (2013) Report on fyke net fishing survey to investigate European eel, Anguilla

anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758), populations in Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex, England, August and September 2012. A report produced for Essex and Suffolk Water and the Environment Agency. pp. 22.

CLARK P F, Stefanoudis P V, Crimmen OA, Pearce D, Morritt D (2013) Commercial exploitation of eels (Anguilla anguilla) and Chinese mitten crabs (Eriocheir sinensis): fyke net trials. The final report for the Marine Management Organisation and the Environment Agency. For the attention of Philip Lynn, Marine Management Organisation and Heidi Stone and Darryl Clifton-Dey, Environment Agency. pp 52.

CLARK P F, Stefanoudis P V, Crimmen OA, Pearce D, Morritt D (2013) Commercial exploitation of eels (Anguilla anguilla) and Chinese mitten crabs (Eriocheir sinensis): fyke net trials. A preliminary report for the Marine Management Organisation and the Environment Agency. For the attention of Philip Lynn, Marine Management Organisation and Heidi Stone and Darryl Clifton-Dey, Environment Agency. Draft submitted 21 November 2012; accepted 4 February 2013. pp 1-26.

2012

Cumberlidge N, CLARK P F 2012 The freshwater crabs of Ethiopia, northeastern Africa, with the description of a new Potamonautes cave species (Brachyura: Potamonautidae). Contributions to Zoology 81: 235-251.

Ng P K L, CLARK P F (2012) Danielita Ng, Clark & Tan, 2010 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Ocypodoidea: Camptandriidae), preoccupied by Danielita Kiriakoff, 1970 (Lepidoptera: Glossata: Heteroneura: Noctuoidea: Notodontidae). Zootaxa 3490: 48.

Mortimer K, Rowson R, Mackie A SY, CLARK P F, Maslen C, Smith A, Harrower C (2012) Steep Holm Island, Bristol Channel, UK: evidence of Larus fuscus Linnaeus, 1758 (lesser black-backed gull) feeding on the invasive signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus Dana, 1852. BioInvasions Records 1: 201-208.

Galil B S, Ashelby C W, CLARK P F (2012) New records of four leucosiid species (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Leucosiidae) from Qatar, Persian Gulf. Marine Biodiversity Records, page 1 of 4. Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, doi:10.1017/S1755267212000498; Vol. 5; e84; Published online.

Mendoza J C, CLARK P F, Ng P K L (2012) On the identity of Pilumnoplax acanthomerus Rathbun, 1911 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthidae) with new records from the central and western Pacific. pp. 211–221. In: Naruse T, Chan T-Y, Tan H H, Ayhong S T, Reimer J D (Eds) Scientific Results of the Kumejima Marine Biodiversity Expedition—Kumejima 2009. Zootaxa 3367: 1-280.

CLARK P F, Fujita Y, Ball A D, Ng P K L (2012) The first zoeal stage morphology of Crossotonotus spinipes (De Man, 1888) and Pseudopalicus serripes (Alcock & Anderson, 1895), with implications for the Crossotonotidae and Palicidae (Crustacea: Brachyura: Palicoidea) pp. 191–203. In: Naruse T, Chan T-Y, Tan H H, Ayhong S T, Reimer J D (Eds) Scientific Results of the Kumejima Marine Biodiversity Expedition—Kumejima 2009. Zootaxa 3367: 1-280.

Naser M D, Page T J, Ng N K, Apel M, Yasser A G, Bishop J M, Ng P K L, CLARK P F (2012) Invasive records of Eriocheir hepuensis Dai, 1991 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Grapsoidea: Varunidae): implications and taxonomic consideration. BioInvasions Records 1: 71-86.

Stebbing P, Johnson P, Delahunty A, CLARK P F, McCollin T, Hale C, Clark S (2012) Reports of American lobsters, Homarus americanus (H. Milne Edwards, 1837) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Astacidea: Nephropoidea) in Great British waters. BioInvasions Records 1: 17-23.

Richard J, de Grave S, CLARK P F (2012) A new atyid genus and species from Madagascar (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea). Zootaxa 3162: 31-38.

CLARK P F, Morritt D, Crimmen O, Pearce D (2012) Report on fyke net fishing survey to investigate European eel, Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758), populations in Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex, England, Autumn 2011. A report produced for Essex and Suffolk Water and the Environment Agency. pp 1-16.

2011

Lai J C Y, Mendoza J C, Guinot D, CLARK P F, Ng P K L (2011) Xanthidae MacLeay, 1838 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthoidea) systematics: a multi-gene approach with support from adult and zoeal morphology. Zoologischer Anzeiger 250: 407-448.

Lai J, Mendoza J C, Guinot D, CLARK P F, Ng P K L (2011) Xanthidae MacLeay, 1838 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Xanthoidea) systematics: a multi-gene approach with support from adult and zoeal morphology. Zoologischer Anzeiger 250: 407-448.

CLARK P F, Ng P K L (2011) A new species of Notonyx A. Milne-Edwards, 1873 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Goneplacidae) from the Philippines. Zootaxa 2982: 27-32.

CLARK P F (2011) The commercial exploitation of the Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis in the River Thames, London: damned if we don’t and damned if we do. pp. 537-580. In: Galil B S, Clark P F, Carlton J D (Eds) In the Wrong Place – Alien Marine Crustaceans: Distribution, Biology and Impacts, Invading Nature – Springer Series in Invasion Ecology 6, Springer.

Allen C J, CLARK P F, Paterson G L J, Hawkins L E, Hauton C and Aryuthaka C (2011) New record of Dotilla intermedia De Man 1888 [Brachyura: Ocypodidae] from Thailand. Marine Biological Records 4: 1-6.

Froglia C and CLARK P F (2011) The forgotten Narrative of H.M.S. Challenger and the implications for decapod nomenclature. Zootaxa 2788: 45-56.

Palero F, Guerao G, CLARK P F and Abelló P (2011) Scyllarus arctus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Scyllaridae) final stage phyllosoma identified by DNA analysis. Journal of Marine Biological Association 91: 485-492.

CLARK P F, Morritt D, Campbell P, Pearce D (2011) Report on fyke net fishing survey to investigate European eel, Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758), populations in Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex, England. A report produced for the Environment Agency. pp. 1–19.

Cook E J, Baker G, Beveridge C M, Bishop J D D, Brown L, CLARK P F, Huys R, Jenkins S, Maggs C, McCollin T, Mieszkowska N, Mineur F, Wood C (2011) Marine Aliens II – Controlling Marine Invasive Species by Targeting Vectors of Dispersal. Final Report. SAMS Report No.274. pp. 34.