Dr Peta Hayes
Senior Curator, Palaeobotany
Division: ES Invertebrates and Plants Palaeobiology
Peta curates and cares for the palaeobotany collections; makes the collections available to visitors, facilitates loans, deals with enquiries and actively promotes the use of the collections; develops and enhances the collections through addition of new material, documentation and research; and takes an active role in science communication and education.
Peta's current and recent research interests focus on the taxonomic study of angiosperm leaf floras (specifically the Paleogene of southern England and Cretaceous of Antarctica) and their use in the reconstruction of palaeoclimatic conditions.
- PhD, University of Leeds & British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1995 - 2000
- BSc (Hons) (1st Class), University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1990 - 1994
- Curator of Palaeobotany, The Natural History Museum, Department of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, 2005 - ongoing
- Curator of British and European Flowering Plants, The Natural History Museum, Department of Botany, United Kingdom, 2002 - 2004
- Assistant Curator of Botany, The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Department of Botany, United Kingdom, 2000 - 2002
- Travelling Discovery Centre Supervisor: Harewood House, The Natural History Museum, Learning, United Kingdom, 1997 - 1997
- Palaeobotany Research Assistant, University of Manchester, Geological Sciences Department, United Kingdom, 1994 - 1995
Digitiser, Geophysical Exploration Technology Ltd, University of Leeds Innovation Services, 2000 - 2000
Digitiser, Geophysical Exploration Technology Ltd, University of Leeds Innovation Services, 1993 - 1993
Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, The Linnean Society of London, 2006 - on going.
Other, Database Subcommittee member - Literature Researcher, Botanical Society of the British Isles, 2003 - 2005.
Member, Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group, 1996 - on going.
Member, International Organisation of Palaeobotany, 1995 - on going.
Member, Geological Curators Group.
Associate editor, WILD WORLD, Natural History Museum, London, 2018 - on going.
Secretary of the Palaeobotany Specialist Group of the Linnean Society, Secretary The Linnean Society of London, 2006 - on going.
Rozefelds AC, Stull G, Hayes P, Greenwood DR (2020) The fossil record of Icacinaceae in Australia supports long-standing Palaeo-Antarctic rainforest connections in southern high latitudes. Historical Biology, 1 - 11. doi: 10.1080/08912963.2020.1832089
Hayes PA (2019) Plants, In: Fossils from the Lias of the Yorkshire Coast, Lord AR (Eds). The Palaeontological Association : 274 - 281.
Hayes PA, Collinson M (2018) Palaeoclimate analysis of the flora of the latest Eocene Insect Limestone of the Isle of Wight, southern England. 10th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference, 128 8 - 12 8 8
Hayes PA, Collinson M (2017) Palaeoclimate analysis of the flora of the latest Eocene Insect Limestone of the Isle of Wight, southern England. 61st Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting, 1712 12 - 17 12 12
Hayes PA, Collinson ME (2013) The Flora of the Insect Limestone (latest Eocene) from the Isle of Wight, southern England. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 104 (3-4) : 245 - 261. doi: 10.1017/s1755691014000061
Hayes PA, Collinson ME (2014) Palaeoclimate analysis of the flora of the latest Eocene Insect Limestone of the Isle of Wight, southern England. 9th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference, 268 8 - 26 8 8
Libertin M, Bek J, Hayes PA, Geertsma P, van Waveren I (2014) Ursastrobus densifolius gen. et sp. nov. from the Late Devonian of Bear Island, Norway. 9th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference, 268 8 - 26 8 8
HAYES PA (2011) Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group Newsletter.. Number 25 : Hayes PA (Eds). : 14.
Philippe M, Hayes P (2010) Reappraisal of two of Witham's species of fossil wood with taxonomical and nomenclatural notes on Planoxylon Stopes, Protocedroxylon Gothan and Xenoxylon Gothan. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 162 (1) : 54 - 62. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2010.05.003
Collinson M, Manchester SR, Wilde V, Hayes P (2010) Fruit and seed floras from exceptionally preserved biotas in the European Paleogene. Bulletin of Geosciences, 155 - 162. doi: 10.3140/bull.geosci.1155
Compton SG, Ball AD, Collinson ME, Hayes P, Rasnitsyn AP, Ross AJ (2010) Ancient fig wasps indicate at least 34 Myr of stasis in their mutualism with fig trees. Biology Letters, 6 (6) : 838 - 842. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0389
Purvis OW, Tittley I, Chimonides PDJ, Bamber R, Hayes PA, James PW, Rumsey FJ, Read H (2010) Long-term biomonitoring of lichen and bryophyte biodiversity at Burnham Beeches SAC and global environmental change. Systematics and Biodiversity, 8 (2) : 193 - 208. doi: 10.1080/14772001003782088
Ensom P, Kenrick P, Edmonds R, Cripps J, Hayes P (2009) A fossil tree trunk in the Intermarine Member, Durlston Formation, Purbeck Limestone Group of Dorset, southern England. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 130 : 183 - 187.
Hayes PA, Collinson ME (2008) European Eocene fruit and seed floras from exceptionally preserved biotas. Abstracts of the 12th International Palynological Congress and 8th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference., 308 8 - 30 8 8Terra Nostra 2008/2 :
PURVIS OW, BAMBER R, DUBBIN WE, Hayes P, James PW, Rumsey FJ, Read H (2008) 20 years investigating lichen and bryophyte biodiversity under changing atmospheric conditions. Abstract. 33rd Annual Meeting of the Committee on Air Pollution Effects Research (CAPER 2008),
Hayes PA (2007) Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group Newsletter. Number 24 : : 18.
Hayes PA, Collinson ME, Ross A (2007) Flora of the latest Eocene Insect Limestone, Isle of Wight, southern England. Séminaire International. Paléobotanique et Évolution du Monde Végétal: Quelques Problémes d’Actualité. Palaeobotany and the Evolution of Plants: Current Issues., 235 5 - 23 5 5Abstracts.
Collinson ME, HAYES P, ROSS A (2006) Reinvestigation of the Insect Limestone Flora, Earliest Oligocene, Isle of Wight. 7th European Palaeobotany-Palynology Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 6-11 September 2006. Abstracts
HAYES P, Collinson ME (2006) Reinvestigation of the flora of the early Oligocene Insect Limestone, Isle of Wight. 50th Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting, University of Sheffield, 18-21 December 2006. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 63 : 57 - 58.
HAYES PA, Francis JE, Cantrill DJ, Crame JA (2006) Palaeoclimate analysis of Late Cretaceous angiosperm leaf floras, James Ross Island, Antarctica, In: Cretaceous-Tertiary High-Latitude Palaeoenvironments, James Ross Basin, Antarctica, Francis JE, Pirrie D, Crame JA (Eds). null : Geological Society, London, Special Publications. 49 - 62.
Collinson ME, HAYES P, ROSS A (2005) Reinvestigation of the Insect Limestone flora, earliest Oligocene, Isle of Wight. Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group Meeting, Abstracts 8 - 9.
HAYES PA (2005) Ancient plant life: identities, origins, relationships and environments.. Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group Newsletter, 23 : 4 - 7.
HAYES PA, Collinson ME (2005) Reinvestigation of the Insect Limestone Flora.. The Palaeontological Association 49th Annual Meeting, University of Oxford, Palaeontological Association Newsletter 60 : Abstracts - 43.
Purvis OW, Hayes PA (2005) Burnham Beeches Lichen Monitoring. 2004..
Evans NJ, Tittley I, Robbins RS, Bamber RN, Smith B, Spurrier CJ, Rumsey FJ, Paul A, Hayes PA, Ferrero TJ (2004) Rivers Fields Development Onshore Pipeline Environmental Recovery Monitoring Programme, Autumn 2004..
HAYES P (2004) Palaeobotanical Evolution Across the Millennium - a review. Palaeobotany Group News - the newsletter of the Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group,
Hayes PA (2003) Linnean Society Palaeobotany Specialist Group Meeting, 29th October 2003. The Leaflet (Newsletter of the Botany Department, the Natural History Museum, London), 6 : 1 - 3.
Francis JE, Hayes PA (2002) Climate change in Antarctica during the Late Cretaceous. 8th International Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems, 217 7 - 21 7 78th International Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems, Cape Town, South Africa, July 2002. Abstracts
Poole I, Cantrill DJ, Hayes P, Francis J (2000) The fossil record of Cunoniaceae: new evidence from Late Cretaceous wood of Antarctica?. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 111 (1-2) : 127 - 144. doi: 10.1016/s0034-6667(00)00023-3
Poole I, Cantrill D, Hayes PA, Francis J (1999) Cretaceous Angiosperms and the Diversification of Antarctic Floras. XVI International Botanical Congress, 18 8 - 1 8 8
Francis J, Poole I, Hayes PA, Hunt R, Cantrill D (1998) Cretaceous-Tertiary Palaeoclimates and Biodiversity of Antarctica: Palaeoclimate from Cretaceous Angiosperm Leaf Forms. Fifth European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference, 266 6 - 26 6 6
Hayes PA (1998) The diverse angiosperm leaf flora of the Late Cretaceous Antarctic Peninsula. Palaeontological Association 42nd Annual Meeting, 1612 12 - 16 12 12
Hayes PA (1996) The Coniacian-Santonian (Late Cretaceous) Flora of the Hidden Lake Formation, James Ross Basin, Antarctic Peninsula. Fifth Quadrennial Conference of the International Organisation of Palaeobotany,
Hayes PA (1996) Late Cretaceous angiosperm leaf floras of the Antarctic Peninsula. Palaeontological Association 40th Annual Meeting, 1612 12 - 16 12 12
Van der Ham RWJM, Van Konijnenburg-van Cittert JHA, Renkens S, Hayes PA (null) The type of Palmocarpon cretaceum Miq., 1853 described from the Cretaceous of the Sint-Pietersberg, The Netherlands, is an Eocene Nypa burtinii (Brongn.) Ettingsh., 1879, most likely from the Brussels area, Belgium. Fossil Imprint, 78 (1) : 44 - 50. doi: 10.37520/fi.2022.003
MSc: MSc Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution - Collections Module
10/2020 - on going.
MSc: MSc Taxonomy & Biodiversity: Palaeobiology Module
MSc: MSc Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution: Palaeobiology - Introduction to Stratigraphy
2/2019 - on going.
MSc: MSc Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution: Palaeobiology - Introduction to Fossils
2/2019 - on going.
Short course: Palaeobotany
South London Botanical Institute
2003 - on going.
Palaeontological Association – President’s Award, Palaeontological Association, 1998.