2003 - Present: Curator non-marine Mollusca and Cephalopoda, NHM
2003: Volunteer Curator, Mollusca section, NHM
2003: Research assistant to Dr. David Gower, Lower Vertebrates, NHM
2002 - 2003: Assistant Conservator, Grant Museum of Zoology, University College London
2000 - 2001: Curatorial / research assistant, Lower Vertebrates, NHM (University Placement)
1998 - 2002: BSc. (Hons.) Zoology, Cardiff University
In 2004 a giant squid (Architeuthis dux, Steenstrup in Harting 1860) was caught by the Falkland Islands registered trawler 'John Cheek' off the coast of the Falkland Islands. The Captain of the ship gave it to the research station on the Falkland Islands who donated it to the Natural History Museum on the provision that it was put on public display. The squid was 8.62m in length and was the largest 'wet' specimen ever preserved at the NHM. As curator in charge of cephalopods it was my responsibility to design, manage and implement the preservation, storage and display of this enormous creature.
The story of the preservation and display of the giant squid can be seen here:
Preserving an 8.62 meter giant squid PDF (1.6 MB)
Architeuthis dux specimen in Darwin Centre Tank Room.
In 2007 I visited Thailand and Vietnam with my colleague Fred Naggs to collect terrestrial gastropods along with scientists from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and Hanoi University of Science in Vietnam. The field trip was part of a larger Darwin Initiative project in 7 south-east Asian countries, which aims to develop land snail expertise in South and Southeast Asia.
In the course of this trip we collected over a 1000 specimens. We hope that the material collected on this and subsequent field trips will allow us to:
Cyclophorus sp. found in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam.
For further information seeTropical Land Snail Diversity