Jack Ashby is the Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at University College London. He has strategic overview of the Museum's varied activities - developing the Museum as both a valuable academic resource and an excellent public venue, while caring for the collections responsibly. A key area of work is to develope new strategies to be a gateway for the University to engage with local communities, through co-curated exhibitions and research programmes.
Jack is a Trustee of the Natural Sciences Collections Association and the Society for the History of Natural History Collections, and author of "Animal Kingdom: A History in 100 Objects".
Jack is interested in evolutionary biology and particularly the natural history of Australia and its mammals. He is regularly on zoological fieldwork in Australia, mainly working on projects involving mammal ecology for NGOs, universities or government departments.
He is also interested in the role of museum collections in the history of the teaching of and public engagement with zoology, as well as how they are viewed today. He sees museum collections as a fantastic resource for the history of natural history, and a means to explore concepts of authenticity in museum specimens, which are both man-made and “real” at the same time.