Dr Ben Price

Dr Benjamin Price

Curator, Odonata and Small Orders

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Insects
Contact: email
Phone: +442079425590
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Specialisms

Cicadidae, Embioptera, Ephemeroptera, Mecoptera, Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Odonata, Plecoptera, Raphidioptera, Trichoptera

Summary

I'm the Curator of Odonata, Trichoptera, Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Raphidioptera, Mecoptera and Embioptera at the Natural History Museum, London. My responsibilities include safeguarding the current collections, providing access to the international research community and developing the collections through exchanges, donations and targeted field work. My current curatorial focus is on modernizing and standardizing the curation of these orders to enable downstream digitization and data sharing. I am actively engaged in research on a variety of African and Asian Insect groups in collaboration with researchers from South Africa, India, China and the United States including: Alderflies, Dobsonflies and Fishflies (Insecta: Megaloptera); Malachite Damselflies (Insecta: Odonata: Synlestidae) and Cicadas (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadidae).

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2006 - 2010

BSc Honours, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2005 - 2005

BSc, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2002 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Curator, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

NSF Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, United States, 2011 - 2013

SABI Post Doctoral Fellow, Albany Museum, South Africa, 2010 - 2011

Highlighted publications

Price BW, Henry CS, Hall AC, Mochizuki A, Duelli P, et al. (2015) Singing from the Grave: DNA from a 180 Year Old Type Specimen Confirms the Identity of Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens). PLOS ONE, 10 (4) : doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121127

Dupont S, Price BW, Blagoderov V (2015) IMp: The customizable LEGO® Pinned Insect Manipulator. ZooKeys, 481 (481) : 131 - 138. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.481.8788

Liu XINGYUE, Price BENJAMINW, Hayashi FUMIO, De MOORFERDINAND, Yang DING (2014) Revision of the Megaloptera (Insecta: Neuropterida) of Madagascar. Zootaxa, 3796 (2) : 320 - 320. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3796.2.5

Pio DV, Engler R, Linder HP, Monadjem A, Cotterill FPD, et al. (2014) Climate change effects on animal and plant phylogenetic diversity in southern Africa. Global Change Biology, 20 (5) : 1538 - 1549. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12524

Tolley KA, Bowie RCK, Measey GJ, Price BW, Forest F (2014) The shifting landscape of genes since the Pliocene: terrestrial phylogeography in the Greater Cape Floristic Region, In: Fynbos. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region, Allsopp N, Colville JF, Verboom GA (Eds). Oxford University Press : 416.

Pereira-da-conceicoa LL, Price BW, Barber-james HM, Barker NP, De MoorFC, et al. (2012) Cryptic variation in an ecological indicator organism: mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence data confirm distinct lineages of Baetis harrisoni Barnard (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) in southern Africa. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12 (1) : 26 - 26. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-26

Fieldwork

South Africa
2014 - 2014.

Chile
2014 - 2014.

Editorships

Associate editor, ZooKeys, Pensoft, 2014 - on going.

Associate editor, Biodiversity Data Journal, Pensoft, 2013 - on going.

Associate editor, Zootaxa, Magnolia Press, 2013 - on going.

Publications

Price BW, Henry CS, Hall AC, Mochizuki A, Duelli P, Brooks SJ (2015) Singing from the Grave: DNA from a 180 Year Old Type Specimen Confirms the Identity of Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens). PLOS ONE, 10 (4) : doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121127

Dupont S, Price BW, Blagoderov V (2015) IMp: The customizable LEGO® Pinned Insect Manipulator. ZooKeys, 481 (481) : 131 - 138. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.481.8788

Liu XINGYUE, Price BENJAMINW, Hayashi FUMIO, De MOORFERDINAND, Yang DING (2014) Revision of the Megaloptera (Insecta: Neuropterida) of Madagascar. Zootaxa, 3796 (2) : 320 - 320. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3796.2.5

Pio DV, Engler R, Linder HP, Monadjem A, Cotterill FPD, Taylor PJ, Schoeman MC, Price BW, Villet MH, Eick G, Salamin N, Guisan A (2014) Climate change effects on animal and plant phylogenetic diversity in southern Africa. Global Change Biology, 20 (5) : 1538 - 1549. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12524

Tolley KA, Bowie RCK, Measey GJ, Price BW, Forest F (2014) The shifting landscape of genes since the Pliocene: terrestrial phylogeography in the Greater Cape Floristic Region, In: Fynbos. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region, Allsopp N, Colville JF, Verboom GA (Eds). Oxford University Press : 416.

Price BW, Brooks S (2014) Neuroptera goings-on at the Natural History Museum, London. 1 : 5 - 7.

Liu XINGYUE, Price BENJAMIN, Hayashi FUMIO, De MOORFERDINAND, Yang DING (2013) Systematic revision reveals underestimated diversity of the South African endemic fishfly genus Taeniochauliodes Esben-Petersen (Megaloptera: Corydalidae). Systematic Entomology, 38 (3) : 543 - 560. doi: 10.1111/syen.12009

Price BW (2013) Dragonflies at the Natural History Museum. 64 : 20 - 22.

Price BW, Liu X, De MoorF, Villet M (2012) A review of the alderfly genus Leptosialis Esben-Petersen (Megaloptera, Sialidae) with description of a new species from South Africa. ZooKeys, 201 : 27 - 41. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.201.2623

Price BW (-1) Afrotropical Megaloptera

Pereira-da-conceicoa LL, Price BW, Barber-james HM, Barker NP, De MoorFC, Villet MH (2012) Cryptic variation in an ecological indicator organism: mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence data confirm distinct lineages of Baetis harrisoni Barnard (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) in southern Africa. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12 (1) : 26 - 26. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-26

Liu X, Price BW, Hayashi F, Yang D (2011) Revision of the fishfly genus Platychauliodes Esben-Petersen (Megaloptera: Corydalidae) endemic to South Africa. ZOOTAXA, 1 - 13.

Price BENW, Villet MARTINH, Walton SHAUNM, Barker NIGELP (2011) Using molecules and morphology to infer the phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of the Dirini (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae), a tribe of butterflies endemic to Southern Africa. Systematic Entomology, 36 (2) : 300 - 316. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00560.x

Price BW, Barker NP, Villet MH (2010) A watershed study on genetic diversity: Phylogenetic analysis of the Platypleura plumosa (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) complex reveals catchment-specific lineages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 54 (2) : 617 - 626. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.10.011

Price BW, Jenya H, Villet MH (2010) Summer’s singers: a survey of the cicada (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) fauna of Malawi. 95 : 2 - 3.

Richards CS, Price BW, Villet MH (2009) Thermal ecophysiology of seven carrion-feeding blowflies in Southern Africa. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 131 (1) : 11 - 19. doi: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.2009.00824.x

Price BW, Barker NP, Villet MH (2007) Patterns and processes underlying evolutionary significant units in the Platypleura stridula L. species complex (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa. Molecular Ecology, 16 (12) : 2574 - 2588. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03328.x

Introduction

Summary

I'm the Curator of Odonata, Trichoptera, Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Raphidioptera, Mecoptera and Embioptera at the Natural History Museum, London. My responsibilities include safeguarding the current collections, providing access to the international research community and developing the collections through exchanges, donations and targeted field work. My current curatorial focus is on modernizing and standardizing the curation of these orders to enable downstream digitization and data sharing. I am actively engaged in research on a variety of African and Asian Insect groups in collaboration with researchers from South Africa, India, China and the United States including: Alderflies, Dobsonflies and Fishflies (Insecta: Megaloptera); Malachite Damselflies (Insecta: Odonata: Synlestidae) and Cicadas (Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadidae).

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2006 - 2010

BSc Honours, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2005 - 2005

BSc, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2002 - 2004

Employment history

Academic

Curator, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2013 - ongoing

NSF Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, United States, 2011 - 2013

SABI Post Doctoral Fellow, Albany Museum, South Africa, 2010 - 2011

Highlighted publications

Price BW, Henry CS, Hall AC, Mochizuki A, Duelli P, et al. (2015) Singing from the Grave: DNA from a 180 Year Old Type Specimen Confirms the Identity of Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens). PLOS ONE, 10 (4) : doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121127

Dupont S, Price BW, Blagoderov V (2015) IMp: The customizable LEGO® Pinned Insect Manipulator. ZooKeys, 481 (481) : 131 - 138. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.481.8788

Liu XINGYUE, Price BENJAMINW, Hayashi FUMIO, De MOORFERDINAND, Yang DING (2014) Revision of the Megaloptera (Insecta: Neuropterida) of Madagascar. Zootaxa, 3796 (2) : 320 - 320. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3796.2.5

Pio DV, Engler R, Linder HP, Monadjem A, Cotterill FPD, et al. (2014) Climate change effects on animal and plant phylogenetic diversity in southern Africa. Global Change Biology, 20 (5) : 1538 - 1549. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12524

Tolley KA, Bowie RCK, Measey GJ, Price BW, Forest F (2014) The shifting landscape of genes since the Pliocene: terrestrial phylogeography in the Greater Cape Floristic Region, In: Fynbos. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region, Allsopp N, Colville JF, Verboom GA (Eds). Oxford University Press : 416.

Pereira-da-conceicoa LL, Price BW, Barber-james HM, Barker NP, De MoorFC, et al. (2012) Cryptic variation in an ecological indicator organism: mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence data confirm distinct lineages of Baetis harrisoni Barnard (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) in southern Africa. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12 (1) : 26 - 26. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-26

Projects

Fieldwork

South Africa
2014 - 2014.

Chile
2014 - 2014.

Professional activities

Editorships

Associate editor, ZooKeys, Pensoft, 2014 - on going.

Associate editor, Biodiversity Data Journal, Pensoft, 2013 - on going.

Associate editor, Zootaxa, Magnolia Press, 2013 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Price BW, Henry CS, Hall AC, Mochizuki A, Duelli P, Brooks SJ (2015) Singing from the Grave: DNA from a 180 Year Old Type Specimen Confirms the Identity of Chrysoperla carnea (Stephens). PLOS ONE, 10 (4) : doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121127

Dupont S, Price BW, Blagoderov V (2015) IMp: The customizable LEGO® Pinned Insect Manipulator. ZooKeys, 481 (481) : 131 - 138. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.481.8788

Liu XINGYUE, Price BENJAMINW, Hayashi FUMIO, De MOORFERDINAND, Yang DING (2014) Revision of the Megaloptera (Insecta: Neuropterida) of Madagascar. Zootaxa, 3796 (2) : 320 - 320. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3796.2.5

Pio DV, Engler R, Linder HP, Monadjem A, Cotterill FPD, Taylor PJ, Schoeman MC, Price BW, Villet MH, Eick G, Salamin N, Guisan A (2014) Climate change effects on animal and plant phylogenetic diversity in southern Africa. Global Change Biology, 20 (5) : 1538 - 1549. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12524

Tolley KA, Bowie RCK, Measey GJ, Price BW, Forest F (2014) The shifting landscape of genes since the Pliocene: terrestrial phylogeography in the Greater Cape Floristic Region, In: Fynbos. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Megadiverse Region, Allsopp N, Colville JF, Verboom GA (Eds). Oxford University Press : 416.

Price BW, Brooks S (2014) Neuroptera goings-on at the Natural History Museum, London. 1 : 5 - 7.

Liu XINGYUE, Price BENJAMIN, Hayashi FUMIO, De MOORFERDINAND, Yang DING (2013) Systematic revision reveals underestimated diversity of the South African endemic fishfly genus Taeniochauliodes Esben-Petersen (Megaloptera: Corydalidae). Systematic Entomology, 38 (3) : 543 - 560. doi: 10.1111/syen.12009

Price BW (2013) Dragonflies at the Natural History Museum. 64 : 20 - 22.

Price BW, Liu X, De MoorF, Villet M (2012) A review of the alderfly genus Leptosialis Esben-Petersen (Megaloptera, Sialidae) with description of a new species from South Africa. ZooKeys, 201 : 27 - 41. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.201.2623

Price BW (-1) Afrotropical Megaloptera

Pereira-da-conceicoa LL, Price BW, Barber-james HM, Barker NP, De MoorFC, Villet MH (2012) Cryptic variation in an ecological indicator organism: mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence data confirm distinct lineages of Baetis harrisoni Barnard (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) in southern Africa. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12 (1) : 26 - 26. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-26

Liu X, Price BW, Hayashi F, Yang D (2011) Revision of the fishfly genus Platychauliodes Esben-Petersen (Megaloptera: Corydalidae) endemic to South Africa. ZOOTAXA, 1 - 13.

Price BENW, Villet MARTINH, Walton SHAUNM, Barker NIGELP (2011) Using molecules and morphology to infer the phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of the Dirini (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae), a tribe of butterflies endemic to Southern Africa. Systematic Entomology, 36 (2) : 300 - 316. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2010.00560.x

Price BW, Barker NP, Villet MH (2010) A watershed study on genetic diversity: Phylogenetic analysis of the Platypleura plumosa (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) complex reveals catchment-specific lineages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 54 (2) : 617 - 626. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.10.011

Price BW, Jenya H, Villet MH (2010) Summer’s singers: a survey of the cicada (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) fauna of Malawi. 95 : 2 - 3.

Richards CS, Price BW, Villet MH (2009) Thermal ecophysiology of seven carrion-feeding blowflies in Southern Africa. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 131 (1) : 11 - 19. doi: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.2009.00824.x

Price BW, Barker NP, Villet MH (2007) Patterns and processes underlying evolutionary significant units in the Platypleura stridula L. species complex (Hemiptera: Cicadidae) in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa. Molecular Ecology, 16 (12) : 2574 - 2588. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03328.x