Finn Eaton: BSc Zoology

Industrial Placement at The Natural History Museum

"I worked in the Herpetology Department within Zoology, whilst there I investigated the interspecies relationships of a semi-aquatic West African Skink ‘Cophoscincopus’.

This resulted in the discovery of a possible new species! I also found 2 toads 'Bufo crucifers' which were collected by Darwin that had been lost in the Museum!

I got to work with many eminent scientists and attended lots of lectures given by some of the best biological scientists from all over the world. I also got the chance to meet David Attenborough!

The most enjoyable aspect of the placement was having unfettered access to the whole of the museums animal collections, and their huge library. The most challenging aspect was discovering the huge amounts of work that had to be completed each day, just to get a little bit finished!... Still, a contribution and a personal achievement nonetheless!

I learnt a huge amount, not only about zoology but about how day to day scientific work is carried out. It taught me how much hard work has to be put in to a project to get really good results; this attitude is what I took away with me and it has definitely been applied to my final year at uni!"