Principal Curator of Vertebrate Biology
Andrew Kitchener is Principal Curator of Vertebrates and specialises in research on mammals, especially carnivorans.
Dr Kitchener studied zoology at Reading University and his PhD, also at Reading, was on the functional design of bovid horns.
Before joining National Museums Scotland in 1988 as Principal Curator of Mammals and Birds, he was a researcher and field assistant at the BBC Natural History Unit, working on the series Supersense. In 2010 his remit broadened to include all vertebrates.
He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Lecturer in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and a member of its Animal Welfare and Ethics Group, Chair of Trustees of the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, and a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group and the IUCN Equid Specialist Group. In 2020 Dr Kitchener was appointed to the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission to advise Scottish government on animal welfare issues.
Dr Kitchener’s research interests are very broad and feature the following key areas:
For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.
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