The Invertebrate Biology collections date from the mid-1800s and include samples of many different groups of animals.


The Invertebrate Biology collections include samples of sponges, jellyfish, shrimps, crabs, worms, snails, octopuses, and sea urchins. The collections are separated into wet preserved specimens, dried specimens and models, and microscope slides.

There are now nearly one million specimens in the collection, which form an invaluable resource for the research of British marine fauna, especially the North Atlantic deep sea.

We house several historically significant collections and in recent years we have acquired a number of large and scientifically important collections of marine invertebrates through collaboration with a variety of institutions with an emphasis on retaining samples from British waters.

More recently, during a survey of the saline lagoons of North and South Uist we collected many specialist species which will form part of our research programme.

You can find out more about the development of the collections here.


Fiona Ware: Curator, Invertebrate Biology

Fiona Ware

Specific responsibility: Curation and development of the collections of marine invertebrates including Porifera (sponges), Cnidaria (jellyfish, sea anemones, corals and hydroids), Crustacea (barnacles, shrimps, lobsters, crabs), Bryozoa (sea mats), Echinodermata (sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers) and Tunicata (sea squirts); research loans and enquiries.
Research interest/expertise: Development of the collections of Scottish marine invertebrates; taxonomy and biogeography of benthic harpacticoid copepods; subterranean biology and the ecology of invertebrates inhabiting terrestrial cave environments.

Sankurie Pye: Curator, Invertebrate Biology

Sankurie Pye

Specific responsibility: Curation and collection development of Mollusca and brachiopod collections (worldwide).
Research interest/expertise: Taxonomy and biogeography of the British Hydrobiidae (mud snails). Ecologically orientated work has included studies of the distribution of the molluscan faunas around Britain.

You can find out more about Sankurie Pye here.

Katherine Whyte: TCV Natural Talent Trainee

Katherine WhyteSpecific responsibility: Saline lagoon research and outreach.
Research interest/expertise: Taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of saline lagoon invertebrates and plants across Scotland. Development of lagoon specimen collections. Lagoon conservation. Public engagement.


Research Associate

Susan Chambers

Research interest/expertise: Polychaete taxonomy (names of marine worms) with a special interest in temperate Cirratulidae, Polynoidae and tropical Sabellaridae. Also the zoogeography of chaetognaths, a different group of planktonic worms.

You can find out more about Susan Chambers here.

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