2004 – present: Senior Curator, Mammal Group, NHM (merit promotion, September 2004)
1992 – 2004: Curator, Mammal Group, NHM
1984 – 1992: Faunal specialist/osteologist, field archaeologist
1996: M.A. Museum Studies, University College, University of London
1992: B.A. (Hons.) Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Sheffield
Job Responsibilities and Expertise
Curator of marine mammals, large terrestrial mammals (ungulates), archaeozoology, mammalian genetic resources manager (destructive and invasive sampling), manager of the Department of Zoology's collections at the NHM Outstation and specialist advisor to the NHM's Cetacean Strandings Project.
Additional duties: line manage team of 3 curatorial staff (since 1993); carry out specialist hard tissue identification work for HM Customs and Revenue CITES team, UK Wildlife Crime Unit and major UK auction houses; carry out collections evaluation and report writing for UK/international museums and other organizations; undertake applications for CITES import permits and Animal Health documentation as part of specimen acquisition. Develop NHM’s National Collection of Cetacea through fieldwork, collections-based research, taxonomic revision and collaborative studies. Gallery management/exhibitions liaison officer; loans officer; conservation officer.
Expertise in identification and analysis of faunal remains (vertebrate/archaeozoology), human osteology, skeletal pathology, osteometry and palaeobiology. Special interests in collection management, environmental management of vertebrate collections, use of the Internet by museums for 'virtual' access, creation of 'virtual' specimens using micro-CT scanning data, creation of ‘virtual’ collections using novel technologies and remote electronic access to collections data; development of techniques for evaluating and accessing genetic resources held in museum research collections; development of destructive and invasive sampling protocols; public outreach; art/science collaboration; investigation into the effects of different preparation techniques on vertebrate specimens.
Currently jointly investigating genetic diversity in large cetaceans as part of a Natural History Museum-funded collections-based project, using ancient DNA techniques to address issues of conservation biology.