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John Tweddle

Citizen Science Specialist and Ecologist, Natural History Museum (London)

John Tweddle

John is based within the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at the Natural History Museum, London. A new venture for the Museum, the Centre aims to facilitate the study of UK natural history and encourage and support the next generation of naturalists.

John is part of a team looking at ways to communicate science more effectively and increase public participation in science research. Current projects range from national-scale wildlife surveys such as OPAL (www.OPALexplorenature.org), to locally-focused Bioblitzes and community-led conservation initiatives. The group also manage the UK national species checklist, a project that relies heavily on the expertise that resides within the voluntary biological recording community.

He is passionate about developing approaches that allow scientists and members of the public to share their knowledge of local biodiversity and work together to better monitor and protect it.

Before joining the Natural History Museum, John worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in the fields of biodiversity informatics and comparative plant ecology. He has a Degree and Masters in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in palaeoecology from the University of Sheffield.