Articles | Volume 36, issue 2
J. Micropalaeontol., 36, 191–194, 2016
J. Micropalaeontol., 36, 191–194, 2016
22 Dec 2016
22 Dec 2016

The unknown planktonic foraminiferal pioneer Henry A. Buckley and his collection at The Natural History Museum, London

Marina C. Rillo1,2, John Whittaker1, Thomas H. G. Ezard2,3, Andy Purvis4,5, Andrew S. Henderson1,6, Stephen Stukins1, and C. Giles Miller1 Marina C. Rillo et al.
  • 1Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
  • 2Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, UK
  • 3Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Life Sciences Building 85, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
  • 4Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
  • 5Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, Ascot SL5 7PY, UK
  • 6Biostratigraphy Group, GLTSD, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, 31311 Saudi Arabia

Keywords: natural history collections; digitization; open-access; zooplankton; sea-bottom

Abstract. The Henry Buckley Collection of Planktonic Foraminifera at the Natural History Museum in London (NHMUK) consists of 1665 single-taxon slides housing 23 897 individuals from 203 sites in all the major ocean basins, as well as a vast research library of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) photomicrographs. Buckley picked the material from the NHMUK Ocean-Bottom Deposit Collection and also from fresh tow samples. However, his collection remains largely unused as he was discouraged by his managers in the Mineralogy Department from working on or publicizing the collection. Nevertheless, Buckley published pioneering papers on isotopic interpretation of oceanographic and climatic change and was one of the first workers to investigate foraminiferal wall structure using the SEM technique. Details of the collection and images of each slide are available via the NHMUK Data Portal ( The Buckley Collection and its associated Ocean-Bottom Deposit Collection have great potential for taxon-specific studies as well as geochemical work, and both collections are available on request.