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Photography David W McMahon

David’s role on the course is multi-faceted. One of his main roles is the curation and cataloguing of the specimens, which form the School of Biology natural history collections. These specimens range from cabinets of set insects to mounted birds and mammals and also include skeletal remains and specimens preserved in spirit. The collections are used by the students for hands on photography and also as an aid in identification.

Dr David Fox. Stood in front of part of the vast collection in the photographic section School of Biology The University of Nottingham

David also identifies many of the species photographed by the students in the field, often as e-mailed images sent from various locations. His knowledge of natural history subjects is also used to the full on many field trips organised as part of the course, some of which he leads himself.

Another of David’s roles is to set up studios with suitable biological specimens in order that students may enhance their photographic skills by recording texture and anatomical details, which would be difficult to procure elsewhere and is also the reason why a living Golden Eagle named Star, trained by David is sometimes flown for use photographically by the students as part of their coursework.

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