Professor Tim Birkhead.
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Dr Nicola Hemmings
Dr Nicola Hemmings is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield. You can find out more about her research on the reproductive behaviour of birds here. Nicola has run the Alfred Denny Museum's public engagement program since 2012, organising events such as the Young Explorers' Club (childrens' activity sessions, Festival of Science & Engineering 2015), Research in the Museum (special feature talks and exhibits, Festival of the Mind 2014) and our regular monthly public tours.
Meryl obtained her first degree in Zoology at The University of Sheffield and is now studying for a masters degree in Science Communication. Since realising how much she enjoyed the educational aspect of the tour guide role, she decided that, after completing her studies, she wants to continue teaching people about science, the importance of conserving nature and the fascinating natural phenomenona that occur on our planet – some of which you will hear about on the tours!
Chloe is currently in her final year of study for a degree in Zoology at the University of Sheffield. She is particularly interested in animal welfare and conservation and is hoping to go on to study veterinary medicine after completing her Zoology degree. Chloe enjoys showing visitors around the museum's intriguing collection of specimens and sharing her enthusiasm for natural history.
Favourite specimen: Tree pangolin
Favourite specimen: Porpoise
Museum assistant and web designer
Duncan Jackson, MBiolSci
Duncan has been assisting in the museum since 2012 helping to create displays, give tours, assist with outreach activities and perform general specimen maintenance. He conducted his Masters project in Professor Birkhead's lab and since graduating with a first class degree in Zoology, he has been working in Tim's lab as a research and museum assistant. His studies focus on the adaptive significance of avian eggs, in which researching museum specimens is an important component.
We would like to thank the help of the following volunteers who assisted with specimen research and website testing:
Funding and support
We would also like to thank and acknowledge The University of Sheffield's Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit (WPREU) for their funding and support, without it this website would not exist.