Explore the fascinating world of parasitic worms.More about Collections and Specimens
Not everyone likes parasitic worms, but Eileen considers them to be some of the most interesting animals on the planet. For her, their complex life-histories and ability to influence the behaviour of their hosts make them fascinating organisms to study.
In her documentation of parasitic worms, Eileen has to also include information on the host, a complex process that goes beyond standard cataloguing of animal specimens. Her work has also impacted the wider community, in helping vets, hospitals and zoos to identify parasitic worms.
Eileen has admitted that she never stops working, even while on holiday, as she often finds herself searching through fish markets for unusual specimens to bring home.
Discover how different curators across the Museum departments look after their collections.
Explore the fascinating world of parasitic worms.
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Hear Eileen describe her feelings about the Museum's collections.
Find out how the training of curators has changed.
Hear Eileen's memories of meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.