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

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

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David Harrison at the Eocene fossil site of Creechbarrow, Dorset.

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Paul Bates with students of the University of Yangon, Myanmar.

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Malcolm Pearch with Omar Nurhussein of the University of Addis Ababa and local guides in Ethiopia.

Research at the Harrison Institute

Research Mission

To conduct world-class, collaborative research in the biodiversity sciences that supports and promotes conservation and leads to a better understanding of the diversity and evolution of extant and fossil vertebrates, especially mammals, birds and amphibians.

Research Criteria

Institute projects, particularly those on Recent mammals, are designed to include three components. They should:

  • lead to a greater understanding of the diversity of life, extant and fossil

  • include a transfer of knowledge and training

  • facilitate and promote biodiversity conservation


Current Research


The Institute is currently participating in and/or co-ordinating a range of research projects



Past Research

Historically, the Institute has worked extensively in the Old World tropics and subtropics, including Arabia, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia [more information]

In Palaeontology, it has researched fossil faunas in the UK and continental Europe [more information]