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

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Dr Paul Bates, Director of the Institute (left), with colleagues from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.

Project partner Aung Myo Chit leads the in-country team in our new Darwin Initiative project (2014-2017) in Myanmar.

Our previous Darwin student Daosavanh Sanaxmay recently described a new species, the Laotian giant flying squirrel (Biswamoyopterus laoensis), from Lao PDR. Institute staff, working with colleagues worldwide have now helped name eighteen new species of Recent mammal and a number of new fossil taxa.

We congratulate all our previous Darwin MSc students: four (Ms Pimsai Uraiporn (above), Christopher Imakando, Ngagyel Tenzin, and Daosavanh Sanaxmay) have now completed their research on rodents and one, Tshering Nidup, on amphibians. r

Pipat Soisook and Bounsavanh Douangboubpha have now completed their PhD research on bats, Ith Saveng soon to follow. Ms Ariya Dejtaradol is also currently completing her PhD on birds. All are writing up a series of papers for international journals.

In November, 2012, the Harrison Institute's Director, Dr Paul Bates, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand for his contributions to training and research at the Faculty of Science since 2005.

The Harrison Institute published two articles about its work, aims and aspirations in biodiversity research and conservation. The original versions are available on pages 115 and 116 of 'Public Service Review: UK Science and Technology'.

Latest news

In April, 2014, the Harrison Institute was awarded a grant for a new Darwin Initiative project (2014-2017) entitled: Enhancing rural livelihoods and biodiversity cons-ervation through responsible tourism, Myanmar.

We recently completed our previous Darwin project (2010-2013) Enhancing taxonomic capacity to underpin tropical biodiversity conservation (SE Asia). Outputs included 4 PhD and 5 MSc students and 56 papers, published or in prep.

The Institute has been awarded a CEPF grant for Developing policies for sustainable tourism in the upper Ayeyarwady River Corridor, Myanmar (2014-15).

The Institute has recently been awarded a grant by the Rufford Foundation for a collaborative project with the University of Mandalay entitled 'Promoting biodiversity conservation as part of Green Growth 2050 destination planning for Bagan, Myanmar'.

We are pleased to announce that the Afro-Asian Taxonomic Network has nearly 200 members from 51 countries.

The 1st announcement for the 2nd International Ornithological Cong-ress of Southeast Asia is now circulated; book of abstracts for the 1st Congress (November, 2012).

In support of the recently published Myanmar Tourism Master Plan and the Community Involvement in Tourism in Myanmar, Paul discussed aspects of responsible tourism with a range of stakeholders, including the government, conservation NGOs, tourism industry, and universities.

The Annual Reports of the Harrison Institute for the years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 are available. These outline our cont-inuing training and taxonomic res-earch projects in the UK and Africa.

The Institute is pleased to support SEABCRU's forthcoming workshop, hosted in the University of Mandalay, Myanmar (August, 2014).


We congratulate all involved with the launch of Bat Conservation Africa. We are proud to be associated with this new network and assist with the transfer of copies of the Mammals of Africa to 38 academic institutions throughout the continent.

We congratulate our colleague Dr Sansareeya Wangkulangkul on her the successful completion of her Rufford grant for amphibian work in Thailand and the project's first publication.

Welcome to the Harrison Institute

The Harrison Institute was founded in 1930 as a zoological museum, specialising in mammals and birds.

Today it is a UK registered charity (No. 268830), CITES listed (GB010), and its staff actively facilitate and promote biodiversity conservation through:

  • Conducting collaborative biodiversity research, with colleagues in the UK, Africa and Asia

  • Capacity building in institutions and organisations based in the biodiversity rich Old World tropics

  • Developing networks between scientists, conservationists and civil society

  • Promoting poverty alleviation that links rural development to biodiversity conservation.

The Institute is based at Bowerwood House in south-east England.

Website last updated on 14 June, 2014