Katie Mortimer-Jones

Contact Details

Katie Mortimer-Jones
Invertebrate Biodiversity
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3153

Staff Name

Katie Mortimer-Jones

Job Title

Senior Curator: Invertebrate Biodiversity (Marine Invertebrates)

Areas of Responsibility:

Marine invertebrates, particularly polychaete annelids.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (Swansea University), MSc Environmental Biology (Swansea University), Member of the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society, Member of the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA).

Research Interests

Primary research area is centred on the taxonomy of marine polychaete annelids, in particular shovel-head worms (Annelida: Magelonidae). Current projects include reviews of European and West African Magelona species and the morphology and behaviour of live material. Other key interests are centered around outreach and dissemination, running the departmental Twitter account @CardiffCurator. Lead curator of an exhibition on annelid worms and their allies, ‘Wriggle’ The Wonderful World of Worms which runs until 2018 at National Museum Cardiff. Currently editing the proceedings of the 12th International Polychaete Conference which was hosted at National Museum Cardiff, August 2016.


Taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny, Annelida, Polychaeta, collections, curation, benthos, diversity, distributions, mapping, benthic sampling, marine outreach.


Selected Publications

Holmes, A.M., Darbyshire, T., Mortimer, K. & Mackie, A.S.Y. (2017) Proceedings of the 12th International Polychaete Conference, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 1-5 August 2016. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 97(5):829-1209

Mortimer, K. & Wood, H. & Gallichan, J. (accepted). A departmental face to social media: lessons learnt from promoting natural history collections at National Museum Cardiff. Journal of Natural Science Collections

Mortimer, K. & Mackie, A.S.Y. 2014. Morphology, feeding and behaviour of British Magelona (Annelida: Magelonidae), with discussions on the form and function of abdominal lateral pouches [PDF]. Proceedings of the 11th International Polychaete Conference, Australian Museum, Sydney, 2013. Memoirs of Museum Victoria, 71, 177–201.

Zhou, J. & Mortimer, K. 2013. A new species of Magelona (Polychaeta: Magelonidae) from Chinese coastal waters [PDF]. Journal of the Marine Biological Association, U.K. 93 (6) 1503-1510.

Mortimer, K., Rowson, R., Mackie, A.S.Y., Clark, P.F., Maslen, C., Smith, A. S. & Harrower, C. 2012. Steep Holm Island, Bristol Channel, UK: evidence of Larus fuscus Linnaeus, 1758 (lesser black-backed gull) feeding on the invasive signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus Dana, 1852. BioInvasions Records, 1 (3) 201-208.

Mortimer, K., Gil, J. & Fiege, D. 2011. Portuguese Magelona (Polychaeta: Magelonidae) with a re-description of Magelona wilsoni Glémarec, 1966.  Proceedings of the 10th International Polychaete Conference, Lecce, Italy 2010. Italian Journal of Zoology,78 (S1) 124-139.

Mortimer, K. & Mackie, A.S.Y. 2009. Magelonidae (Polychaeta) from Hong Kong, China, with discussions on related species and redescriptions of three species [PDF]Proceedings of the 9th International Polychaete Conference, Portland, Maine 2007 (Eds N.J. Maciolek & J.A. Blake). Zoosymposia,2, 179–199.

Mortimer, K. & Wilson, H. 2009. HABMAP: Habitat mapping for conservation and management of the southern Irish Sea — Searchable Data Facility and Resources.  Research DVD-ROM. National Museum Wales, Cardiff & Countryside Council for Wales, Bangor.

Mortimer, K., Turner, J. & Wilson, H. 2007. Outer Bristol Channel Marine Habitat Study (including Explore the Sea Floor v3).  Research and Education DVD-ROM. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff & British Geological Survey, Keyworth.

Mackie, A.S.Y., James, J.W.C., Rees, E.I.S., Darbyshire, T., Philpott, S.L. Mortimer, K., Jenkins, G.O. & Morando, A., 2006. The Outer Bristol Channel Marine Habitat Study. Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Systematics from the National Museum of Wales. BIOMÔR Reports, 4, 1-249 & A1-A227, + DVD-ROM (2007).

Mortimer, K. & Mackie, A.S.Y. 2006. The Magelonidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) from the Seychelles. 2. Description of four additional species, three new to science [PDF]. In R. Sardá, G. San Martín, E. López, D. Martin and D. George (eds), Scientific Advances in Polychaete Research. Scientia Marina, 70 (s3) 125-137.

Poulton, C., Mortimer, K. & Murphy, L. 2006. Communicating sea-bed science [PDF]. Earthwise, 23, 16.

Mackie, A.S.Y., Oliver, P. G., Darbyshire, T. & Mortimer, K. 2005. Shallow marine benthic invertebrates of the Seychelles Plateau: high diversity in a tropical oligotrophic environment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A,363, 203–228.

Mortimer, K. & Mackie, A.S.Y. 2003. The Magelonidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) from the Seychelles, with the description of three new species. Proceedings of the Seventh International Polychaete Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2001. Hydrobiologia,496(1-3) 163-173.      

Mackie, A., Oliver, P.G.Darbyshire, T. & Mortimer, K. 2001.  Benthic faunal studies in the Seychelles. In J.C. Burnett, J.S. Kavanagh & T. Spencer (eds), Shoals of Capricorn Field Report 1998-2001: Marine Science, training and education in the western Indian Ocean. Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), p. 37.