‘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.


Our 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 Darwin students: four, Ms Pimsai Uraiporn (above), Christopher Imakando, Ngagyel Tenzin, and Daosavanh Sanaxmay have now completed their MSc research on rodents. Tshering Nidup is in his second year on amphibian research.

Pipat Soisook has completed his PhD research on bats, with Bounsavanh Douangboubpha and 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 has recently 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

Over two years into our project Enhancing taxonomic capacity to underpin tropical biodiversity conservation (SE Asia) there are already numerous outputs - for details see the 2012-2013 report.

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

The book of abstracts for the International Ornithological Congress of Southeast Asia (IOCSEA) (November, 2012) is available here.

In support of the recently published Myanmar Tourism Master Plan, Paul discussed responsible tourism with a range of Myanmar stake-holders, government, NGOs....

Please visit the website of the Tree Shirt House, who are supporting our project on the world's smallest mammal, the bumble bee bat, through the sale of their top quality, eco-friendly T-shirts.

The Annual Reports of the Harrison Institute for the years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. These outline our continuing training and taxonomic research projects in the UK and Africa.

We congratulate all involved with the launch of Bat Conservation Africa, which took place in February, 2013 in Kenya. The Harrison Institute is proud to be associated with this new network.

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 particular emphasis on the taxonomy of mammals (Recent and fossil), birds and amphibians

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

  • Developing networks between scientists, conservationists and civil society

  • Disseminating biodiversity information through a range of publications and other media.

The Institute is based at Bowerwood House in south-east England and works with colleagues worldwide on a range of projects, particularly in Asia and Africa.

Website last updated on 21 January, 2013