Dr Duncan Murdock
Duncan is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Museum’s mineralogy and petrology collections, and parts of the invertebrate palaeontology collections.
- Storage, conservation and rationalisation of collections
- Documentation, digitisation and imaging
- Developing the collections through new acquisitions
- Answering enquiries and facilitating research visits and loans
- Developing new exhibitions and displays
- Public engagement
- Collections-based research
His research interests are focused on: using the fossil record to understand the early evolution of animals, in particular their skeletons; how decay and preservation bias our understanding of exceptionally preserved fossils; and, the anatomy and evolution of the first vertebrates.
Duncan has an MGeol in Geology with Palaeobiology from the University of Leicester, and completed a PhD at the University of Bristol using pioneering Synchrotron Radiation X-Ray Tomographic Microscopy to reveal the internal structure of the first vertebrate and brachiopod skeletons.
Since his PhD Duncan has held a number of postdoctoral research positions, most recently as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Museum of Natural History and Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, co-funded by the John Fell Fund.
Duncan is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and a member of The Palaeontological Association.