Listen to Brian's first impressions of the Palaeontology Department.More about Starting at the Museum
Collecting rocks on holiday as a young boy provided Brian's first taster for what would become a lifelong passion for geology and palaeontology. Brian's Museum work has included a range of tasks, including designing the eye-catching Hall of Human Biology. In his descriptions of changing attitudes to Museum exhibitions, Brian still has a fondness for the dioramas he saw at the Museum as a child. Importantly, working at the Museum gave Brian the opportunity to pursue research in subjects that particularly excited him: the ecology of reefs and patterns of ecological zonation. The nature of his work has resulted in many field tips to exotic locations such as Sudan, Egypt and Guam.
Since his retirement, Brian has continued his research on corals and reefs and in studying Darwin's collections in the Museum.
Hear how Brian and his brother used to collect rocks on camping holidays in Pembrokeshire.
Find out about Brian's research.
Discover why exhibition design had to change.
Find out about Brian's work on developing a new exhibition at the Museum.
Find out how scientists raise money for expeditions.
Discover what Brian thought of the Museum's old dioramas.
Listen to Brian's first impressions of the Palaeontology Department.
Listen to Brian describe the interview for his first post at the Museum.