We are researching the diversity, distribution, ecology and evolutionary history of marine polychaetes, a group whose members are increasing all the time as new species are discovered.
Many polychaetes live in unique environments, some of which are threatened by fishing and mining. Assessing the connections between these habitats and the biodiversity of the ecosystems provides a baseline to assess future human impact.
We specialise in deep sea polychaetes and their habitats.
Try out the Museum's deep sea species app and discover the database of marine creatures.
Discover how and why researchers are classifying new ecosystems of marine worms in chemically-rich waters.
Find out how researchers are cataloguing biodiversity before companies mine the sea floor.
Explore how collating traits of taxa can inform climate change assessments of the deep sea.
See how the Museum’s remote controlled marine vehicle REX supports research, education and outreach.
Look into how changes in the Antarctic environment can help climate change research.
Marine biologist focussing on deep-sea biodiversity, systematics, evolution and ecology of polychaetes.
The annelids, or ‘ringed worms’, have segmented bodies. The annelid phylum is made up of over 22,000 species including earthworms and leeches.
A class of annelids that mostly live in marine environments, albeit of greatly varying temperatures and conditions. Each segment of their bodies hosts many bristles, leading to the moniker 'bristle worms'.