‘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 classical (whole organism) taxonomy in Recent and fossil mammals.


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]