‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Dr David Harrison with Pat White (entomologist and former Trustee of the Institute).






Dr Paul Bates in conversation with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.







Malcolm Pearch on a field survey in Myanmar.





Dr Nikky Thomas conducting palaeontological field work in Thailand.


Full time Researchers

Dr David Harrison
Chairman of Trustees
E-mail: hzm@btinternet.com
Primary interests:

  • Mammal taxonomy and natural history, especially Arabia, Africa and Eurasia
  • Old World bats
  • Palaeontology – Quaternary and Tertiary mammals in Britain and continental Europe

Short Biography
1971-present: Chairman of Trustees of the Harrison Institute
1955-1967: PhD in Arabian mammal taxonomy, University of Cambridge
1946-1952: MA, MB, BCh, University of Cambridge and St Thomas’s Hospital
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Dr Paul Bates
E-mail: pjjbates2@hotmail.com
Primary interests:

  • capacity building in the biodiversity sciences in the Old World tropics and subtropics
  • developing networks between scientific and conservation organisations in Asia and Africa
  • co-research with a new generation of young taxonomists in Asia and Africa.

Short Biography:
1994 - present: Director, Harrison Institute.
2012 - Honorary Doctorate from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.
2008 – present: Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Bristol.
1987 - 1994: Scientific officer, Harrison Institute.
1982 - 1987: Ph.D. in rodent taxonomy and zoogeography, Royal Holloway College, University of London and Harrison Institute.
1979 - 1982: BA/MA in Geography, University of Oxford.
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Malcolm Pearch
Researcher and Trust Manager
E-mail: hzm@btinternet.com
Primary interest:

  • Zoogeography of small mammals with particular reference to distribution patterns in the terrestrial ecoregions of the Himalayas

Primary responsibility:

  • Management of The Harrison Zoological Museum Trust

Short Biography:
1998 - present: Researcher and Trust Manager, Harrison Institute
2006 – 2009: M.Phil in small mammal biodiversity in Nepal, University of Aberdeen and Harrison Institute
1982 – 1986: LL.B., Cardiff University.
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Dr Nikky Thomas
E-mail: nikkythomas@hotmail.com
Primary interest:

  • Mammal taxonomy, especially bats of the Old World tropics and subtropics
  • Developing regional/international collaboration in taxonomic research

Primary responsibility:

  • Taxonomic research
  • Supervising SE Asian Darwin Initiative PhD students

Short Biography:
1999-2000: PGCE Secondary Science, University of Roehampton

1993-1997: PhD (Zoology), University of Aberdeen

1988-1991: BSc Hons (Biology), University of Sussex, UK
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