William Brown Street
Head of Zoology and Curator of Invertebrates
I am responsible for the development and collection management of World Museum's internationally important animal specimen collections. I have particularly curatorial responsibility for our insects and other invertebrates.
Central to my interests is the conservation biology of British insects, especially sawflies (Hymenoptera: Symphyta), and bees, wasps and ants (Hymenoptera: Aculeata). I am particularly interested in the biodiversity, systematics and taxonomy of sawflies in Britain and the Western Palaearctic and co-ordinate the national distributional recording scheme for these insects.
I am also responsible for our biodiversity advisory service which uses our collection, library and staff resources to survey and assess invertebrate assemblages and advise on conservation management.
Clemency Fisher, PhD
Curator of Vertebrates
I am responsible for the use, curation and management of the collections of vertebrate animals at World Museum. My specialist interests include: The history of 19th century natural history collecting, rare and extinct birds, bird bones in archaeological excavations in the North West and the historical vertebrate fauna of Merseyside. I am also interested in our founder, Edward Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby, whose bird and mammal collections formed the basis of Liverpool's first public museum.
My current research focuses on the English explorer-naturalist John Gilbert in Australia, 1838-1845 and his membership of the First Ludwig Leichhardt Expedition of 1844-1845.
Ian Wallace, PhD
Zoology Curator - Conchology and Aquatic Invertebrates
I am responsible for World Museum's collections of shells, and freshwater and marine invertebrates. I am also involved in surveying sites as part of the section's biodiversity advisory service.
I have a particular knowledge of caddis, a small group of insects that have aquatic larvae. I am organiser of the National Caddis Distribution Study Scheme, run under the auspices of the Biological Records Centre and National Biodiversity Network. I also write identification keys for caddis larvae and have an additional interest in moths.
Zoology Curator and Database Manager
I work with all of our collections of animal specimens with particular responsibility for their documentation and curation. I am interested in all aspects of British wildlife, with particular emphasis on recording the natural history of the North West region and am involved in several projects regarding researching and monitoring the distribution of birds, mammals and bumblebees in the area. I am also a committee member of several local groups and societies.
My current research projects are: The distribution of North West England Mammals for regional and national atlas projects; Preparation of a distribution Atlas of Cheshire bees, wasps and ants and the preparation of the zoology collection database for National Museums Liverpool's online collections.
Entomology Development Curator
In my role as development curator I am acquiring expertise on the curation and management of collections of invertebrate animals. I have previously worked as a volunteer and project assistant in the museum. I have particular responsibility for our spirit-preserved collections and contribute to the routine use, curation and management of our invertebrate collections in general.
I am interested in lacewings, spiders, havestmen and plants as well as many other aspects of British wildlife. I also contribute to the section's advisory fieldwork activities.
I worked for World Museum as the Assistant Curator of Invertebrates until my retirement and continue here in an advisory capacity. I administer loans for the British Arachnological Society library and contribute to the advisory biodiversity field surveys.
My specialist interests include faunistic studies British spiders as well as many other aspects of local natural history.
Honorary Curator of Bees, Wasps and Ants
A volunteer since 1991, I became an Honorary Curator in 1994. I am responsible for the curation and development of World Museum's collection of bees, wasps and ants and contribute to the section's biodiversity field surveys. Particular interests include; coastal assemblages of bees, wasps and ants in northern England and Wales; and the conservation biology of important species in our region. I also enjoy promoting public awareness of bees.
Zoology Project Assistant