Harriet Wood

Contact Details

Harriet Wood
Invertebrate Biodiversity
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3244

Staff Name

Harriet Wood

Job Title

Curator: Invertebrate Biodiversity (Mollusca)

Areas of Responsibility:

Management and access of the Mollusca collections including collection enquiries, visitors, loans and acquisitions. Research and interpretation of the collection through display, exhibition, social media, outreach and publication.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc Ecology & Environmental management (Cardiff), Member of the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA), Member of the Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland.

Research Interests

Primary interests are focused on the historical research of the Melvill-Tomlin collection. Current projects include research and imaging of historic type specimens with publication on the online Mollusca Types Catalogue, research on the Monterosato molluscs in the Melvill-Tomlin and Chaster collections and working towards online access and transcription of the J. R. le B. Tomlin archive. Also, co-author of the book ‘The new molluscan names of César-Marie-Felix Ancey’. Interests additionally lie in promotion of the collection through social media, particularly blogs and the Departmental Twitter account @CardiffCurator.


Mollusca, conchology, malacology, Melvill-Tomlin, type specimens, collections management, collections, historic collections, curation, archives.


Selected Publications

Rowson B., Ablett J., Gallichan J., Holmes A. M., Oliver P. G., Salvador A., Turner J. A., Wood H., Brown C., Gordon D., Hunter T., Machin R., Morgenroth H., Reilly, M. Petts R. & Sutcliffe R. 2018. Mollusca Types in Great Britain. Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales / Natural History Museum. Available online at https://gbmolluscatypes.ac.uk 

Mortimer, K. & Wood, H. & Gallichan, J. (2016). A departmental face to social media: lessons learnt from promoting natural history collections at National Museum Cardiff. Journal of Natural Science Collections 3, 18-28.

Wood, H. (2016). Safeguarding the gems of a scientific collection. Natur Cymru – Nature of Wales 59, p. 49.

Rowson, B., & Wood, A.H. 2015. Shells from Alfred Russel Wallace in the National Museum of Wales. Mollusc World,37, 19-23.

Wood, H. 2015.

Under Armour: The amazing new scaly-foot snail.

Wood, H. 2014.

World Octopus Day.

Wood, H. 2014.

Type your way into our collections.

Wood, H. & Turner, J.A. 2012. Mollusca Types Catalogue. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

Oliver, P.G., Wood, H. & Holmes, A.M. 2009. First British record of the shipworm Uperotus (Bivalvia: Teredinae) from driftwood on the Llyn, Wales. Journal of Conchology, 39(6) 681-682.

Wood, H. & Gallichan, J. 2008. The new molluscan names of César-Marie-Felix Ancey including illustrations of type material from the National Museum of Wales. Studies in Biodiversity and Systematics of Terrestrial Organisms from the National Museum of Wales. Studies in Biodiversity and Systematics from the National Museum of Wales. Biotir Reports 3, pp. i-iv, 1-162, 26 pls.

Holmes A.M., Gallichan J. & Wood, H. 2006. Coracuta obliquata n. gen. (Chaster, 1897) (Bivalvia: Montacutidae) – First British record for 100 years. Journal of Conchology ,39(2) 151-158.

Oliver, P.G., Holmes, A.M., Killeen, I.J., Light, I.J. & Wood, H. 2004. Annotated checklist of the marine Bivalvia of Rodrigues. Journal of Natural History, 38, 3229-3272.

Verdcourt, B., Wood, H, & Rowson, B. 2003. Thomas Pain (1915-2003). Journal of Conchology, 38, 179-191.

Wood, H. 2003. Exploring Alderson’s Ampullariids at Basildon Park. Mollusc World, 3. p. 5, fig 1.

Wood, H. 2002. Muses of a Museum Malacologist. Mollusc World, 2, 22.

Oliver, G., Holmes, A., Wood, H., Killeen, I. & Light, J.  Studies of the Mollusca of the Rodrigues Lagoon.  In J.C. Burnett, J.S. Kavanagh and T. Spencer (eds), Shoals of Capricorn Programme Field Report, 1998-2001. Royal Geographic Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) London, 40-41.

Seddon, M., Wood, H. & Oliver, G. 2002.

The Melvill-Tomlin Collection: Completing the inventory in 22 years! [PDF]
Amgueddfa 2000-2002, 40-41.