Dr George Beccaloni

Dr George Beccaloni

Curator, Orthopteroidea and Wallace Collection

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Insects
Contact: email
Phone: 020 7942 5361
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Specialisms

biodiversity informatics, curation of insect collections, digitisation, life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace, taxonomy and systematics of cockroaches

Summary

I am the curator of the NHM's collections of Blattodea (cockroaches and termites), Mantodea (praying mantids), Mantophasmatodea, Dermaptera (earwigs), Grylloblattodea (ice crawlers), Phasmida (stick insects), Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets and bush crickets) and the historic A. R. Wallace Insect Collection - a grand total of about 790,000 specimens both dry pinned and in spirit. My curatorial work is diverse and includes recurating the collection, answering enquiries, hosting visitors, doing identifications, participating in public engagement events etc. I am especially interested in the taxonomy and systematics of cockroaches and am the creator and editor of the Cockroach Species File, a comprehensive online catalogue of world species (http://cockroach.speciesfile.org). In 2007 I was responsible, with two colleagues, for reclassifying the termites (Isoptera) as cockroaches (Blattodea) (see our Biology Letters paper "Death of an order..."). Another of my interests is the life and work of the neglected co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. In 1999 I set up the A.R. Wallace Memorial Fund (http://wallacefund.info/) and in 2002 I played a key role in helping the NHM library acquire the world's largest and most important collection of Wallace’s manuscripts, books and insect specimens from his grandsons (6000 items). In order to make these and all of Wallace's other manuscripts in institutions worldwide available to scholars I set up the Wallace Correspondence Project (http://wallaceletters.info). Work on this project began in October 2010 and so far I have secured grants totalling £620,932 to fund it up until February 2018. Please see the project’s online archive: Wallace Letters Online (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/wallacelettersonline). I am also interested in Charles Darwin and in 2006 I initiated the NHM library's project to acquire the largest collection of Darwin-related publications ever assembled (3,500 items). At £985,000, the Kohler Darwin Collection is the most costly purchase of any collection in the Museum's 125-year history. I am also interested in Lepidoptera, and in the past I done work on the evolution of mimicry in butterflies, macroecological patterns in butterfly-hostplant relationships, and novel methods to quantify the diet breadths of phytophagous insects. I also created LepIndex: a uniquely comprehensive online synonymic catalogue of the living and fossil butterflies and moths of the world (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/lepindex/). LepIndex is the largest single contributor of names to the Catalogue of Life.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, 1991 - 1995

BSc (Hon's) [1st class], Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, 1988 - 1991

Employment history

Academic

Curator of orthopteroid insects, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2003 - ongoing

Research Assistant [4 month NHM funded position to continue work on the VIADOCS project], Natural History Museum, Entomology, United Kingdom, 2003 - 2003

Research Assistant [2 year position funded by BBSRC/EPSRC Bioinformatics Initiative. Work on VIADOCS (Versatile Interactive Archive Document Conversion System) project and the Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex) (with M. J. Scoble and G. S. Robinson (NHM)) and the University of Essex], Natural History Museum, Entomology, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2002

Research Entomologist [5 year fixed term appointment. Work on novel methods of quantifying the diet breadths of phytophagous insects; research on macroecological patterns in hostplant utilisation by butterflies; and construction of databases containing butterfly hostplant records.], Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 1996 - 2000

Highlighted publications

Beccaloni GW (2014) Wallace Letters Online .

Beccaloni GW (2014) Cockroach Species File Online .

Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Kitching IJ, Simonsen T, Robinson GS, et al (2005) LepIndex: The Global Lepidoptera Names Index .

Beccaloni GW, Viloria AL, Hall SK, Robinson GS (2008) Catalogue of the Hostplants of the Neotropical Butterflies/ Catálogo de las Plantas Huésped de las Mariposas Neotropicales. Milenio MT (Eds). Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (SEA)/Red Iberoamericana de Biogeografía y Entomología Sistemática (RIBES)/Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (CYTED)/Natural History Museum, London, U.K. (NHM)/Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela (IVIC) : Zaragoza, Spain.

Smith CH, Beccaloni G (2008) Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford University Press : Oxford, U.K. xxv + 482 - tables.

Inward D, Beccaloni G, Eggleton P (2007) Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches. Biology Letters, 3 (3) : 331 - 335. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0102

Grants

The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project: Phase 2
Role: Principal investigatorBeccaloni G
Funding: John Templeton Foundation
Total value £399,692 (to Museum £399,692)
Dates: 2015 - 2018

Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project
Role: Principal investigatorBeccaloni G
Funding: John Templeton Foundation
Total value £59,054.23 (to Museum £59,054.23)
Dates: 2013 - 2015

The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project
Role: Principal investigatorBeccaloni G
Funding: Mellon Foundation
Total value £176,144 (to Museum £176,144)
Dates: 2010 - 2013

Consultancy

Historical consultant for the BBC Series "Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero"
BBC
Bristol
2012 - 2012.

Fieldwork

UK
2014 - 2014.

Vietnam
2012 - on going.

Australia
2010 - on going.

Fiji
2010 - on going.

Madagascar
2007 - on going.

Madagascar
2004 - on going.

Costa Rica
2003 - on going.

Ecuador
1994 - on going.

Ecuador
1992 - on going.

Ecuador
1991 - on going.

Papua New Guinea
1990 - on going.

Memberships

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Linnean Society, London.

Events

Organisation

Organising committee, Wallace100, (Other), 2012 - 2013.

Other, Happy Birthday Natural Selection, (Exhibition),

Other, Big Bugs, (Exhibition),

Other, Alfred Russel Wallace Discovery Trail, (Exhibition),

Organising committee, Wallace, Darwin and Evolution, (Exhibition),

Organising committee, Life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace, (Symposium),

Organising committee, Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy, (Conference),

Publications

Beccaloni GW, Beccaloni (2015) Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story. Transactions of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, 109 : 12 - 15.

Beccaloni GW (2015) Yours very truly, Alfred R. Wallace: selections from the Wallace Correspondence Project. 123(7) : 16 - 17.

Beccaloni GW (2015) Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story. Taprobanica, 7 : 120 - 125.

Beccaloni GW (2014) Alfred Russel Wallace

Beccaloni GW (2014) Wallace Correspondence Project Facebook group .

Beccaloni GW (2014) A. R. Wallace Facebook Page .

Beccaloni GW (2014) Cockroach Species File Facebook group .

Beccaloni GW (2014) Cockroaches: an amazing diversity

Beccaloni GW (2014) Henry Walter Bates: guilty until proven innocent?.

Beccaloni GW (2014) Trouble With Tiger Beetles: Singapore Science Centre's Wallace Exhibition Spreads Tiger Beetle Myth.

Beccaloni GW (2014) About Wallace Letters Online.

Beccaloni GW (2014) The A. R. Wallace Correspondence Project's Transcription Protocol.

Costa JT, Beccaloni GW (2014) Deepening the darkness? Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago. Current Biology, 24 (2) : R1070 - R1072.

Beccaloni GW (2013) Wallace immortalised: Museum set to receive Wallace statue 100 years later than planned. 17 : 28 - 29.

Beccaloni GW (2013) Most of the content of the NHM's Wallace100 blog

Beccaloni GW (2013) On (re-)discovering Alfred Russel Wallace

Beccaloni GW (2013) Forward, In: The Letter from Ternate, Preston T (Eds). TimPress :

Beccaloni GW (2013) Wallace, myself and the BBC

Beccaloni GW (2013) Alfred Russel Wallace and Natural Selection: the Real Story.

Beccaloni GW, Beccaloni J (2013) In the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace with Bill Bailey

Beccaloni GW, Catchpole C (2013) The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project and Wallace Letters Online. 42 (4) : 15 - 17.

Beccaloni G, Eggleton P (2013) Order Blattodea. ZOOTAXA, 3703 (1) : 46 - 48.

Bohn H, Beccaloni G, Dorow WHO, Pfeifer MA (2013) Another species of European Ectobiinae travelling north - the new genus Planuncus and its relatives (Insecta: Blattodea: Ectobiinae). ARTHROPOD SYSTEMATICS & PHYLOGENY, 71 (3) : 139 - 168.

Beccaloni GW (2014) Wallace Letters Online .

Beccaloni GW (2011) The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project Begins. 102 : 14 - 16.

Beccaloni GW (2014) Cockroach Species File Online .

Beccaloni GW, Eggleton P (2011) Order Blattodea Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1882. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (ed.). Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Zootaxa, 3148 : 199 - 200.

Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Kitching IJ, Simonsen T, Robinson GS, Pitkin B, Hine A, Lyal C (2005) LepIndex: The Global Lepidoptera Names Index .

Beccaloni GW (2014) The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project .

Beccaloni GW (2010) The Natural History Museum, London’s orthopteroid collection database is now online. Metaleptea, 30 : 2 - 4.

Beccaloni GW (2010) Big Bugs Life-size. The Natural History Museum. : London.

Robinson GS, Ackery IJ, Kitching IJ, Beccaloni GW, Hernández LM (2010) HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants .

Smith CH, Williams J, Stephens J, Beccaloni G (2010) Alfred Russel Wallace notes 2: the spelling “Russel”, and Wallace's date of birth. Archives of Natural History, 37 (2) : 351 - 354. doi: 10.3366/anh.2010.0017

Beccaloni G, Holloway J, Kitching IJ, Sattler K, Scoble MJ, Tuck K, Vane-wright RI (2009) A tribute to Dr Gaden S. Robinson (1949-2009). Systematics and Biodiversity, 7 : 351 - 354.

Beccaloni G (2009) Happy 150th birthday natural selection. Panorama: The Journal of the Thurrock Local History Society, 47 : 5 - 10.

Beccaloni G (2009) Wallace in Neath. 36 : 21 - 24.

Edwards FL, Beccaloni GW (2009) Alfred Russel Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist 1823 - 1913. Ikonolux. U.K. :

Beccaloni GW (2008) Natural Selection; The Darwin-Wallace Papers

Beccaloni GW, Smith VS (2008) Celebrations for Darwin downplay Wallace's role. Nature, 451 (7182) : 1050 - 1050. doi: 10.1038/4511050d

Beccaloni GW (2014) The Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund .

Beccaloni GW (2008) It's only natural to mark anniversary.

Beccaloni GW (2008) Alfred Russel Wallace: A famous son of Grays.

Beccaloni G (2008) Wallace's annotated copy of the Darwin-Wallace paper on natural selection, In: Chapter 4: Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, Oxford University Press : Oxford, U.K. xxv + 482 pp. 91 - 101.

Beccaloni G (2008) Chapter 1: Homes sweet homes: A biographical tour of Wallace's many places of residence, In: Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, Smith CH, Beccaloni G (Eds). Oxford University Press : Oxford, U.K. xxv + 482 pp. 7 - 43.

Beccaloni GW, Viloria AL, Hall SK, Robinson GS (2008) Catalogue of the Hostplants of the Neotropical Butterflies/ Catálogo de las Plantas Huésped de las Mariposas Neotropicales. Milenio MT (Eds). Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (SEA)/Red Iberoamericana de Biogeografía y Entomología Sistemática (RIBES)/Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (CYTED)/Natural History Museum, London, U.K. (NHM)/Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela (IVIC) : Zaragoza, Spain.

Smith CH, Beccaloni G (2008) Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford University Press : Oxford, U.K. xxv + 482 - tables.

Ünal M, Beccaloni GW (2008) Lectotype designation for the type species of Colossopus, C. grandidieri Saussure, 1899 (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae). Phasmid Studies, 17 : 34 - 35.

Inward D, Beccaloni G, Eggleton P (2007) Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches. Biology Letters, 3 (3) : 331 - 335. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0102

Beccaloni GW (2007) Wallace's insect collection

Beccaloni GW, Fritzsche I (2007) Editorial. Cockroach Studies. 2 : : 2 - 3.

Beccaloni GW (2007) Cockroaches. An amazing diversity. http://blattodea-culture-group.org/roachIntro

Beccaloni GW (2007) Alfred Russel Wallace's private insect collection. 15 (1) : 18 - 20.

Beccaloni GW (2007) The Blattodea Species File Online (BSF) database: A new Web resource for everyone interested in cockroaches. Cockroach Studies, 2 : 4 - 10.

Beccaloni GW, Fritzsche I (2007) BCG meetings - Invitation for 2007. Cockroach Studies, 2 :

Eggleton P, Beccaloni G, Inward D (2007) Response to Lo et al.. Biology Letters, 3 (5) : 564 - 565. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0367

Beccaloni GW (2006) Science updates [Alfred Russel Wallace’s private insect collection]. 43 : 15 - 16.

Beccaloni GW (2006) [Information about cockroaches for kids]

Beccaloni GW (2006) Spotlight on science [Alfred Russel Wallace's private insect collection]. 17 : 10 - 11.

Beccaloni GW (2006) Hidden treasure - the unusual. 43 : 21 - 22.

Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Robinson GS, Pitkin BR (2006) LepIndex: the global Lepidoptera names index (v. 12.2). Bisby, F.A., et al., (Eds). Species 2000: Reading, UK. CD-ROM and http://www.sp2000.org/AnnualChecklist.html/ :

Fritzsche I, Beccaloni GW (2006) Editorial. Cockroach Studies. 1 : :

Beccaloni GW (2005) The quest for the British mole cricket. 50 : 10 - 10.

Polaszek A (2005) A universal register for animal names. Nature, 437 (7058) : 477 - 477. doi: 10.1038/437477a

Beccaloni G (2004) The other evolutionist. Nature (London), 431 :

Schulz S, Beccaloni G, Brown KS, Boppré M, Freitas AVL, Ockenfels P, Trigo JR (2004) Semiochemicals derived from pyrrolizidine alkaloids in male ithomiine butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 32 (8) : 699 - 713. doi: 10.1016/j.bse.2003.12.004

Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Robinson GS, Downton AC, Lucas SM (2003) Computerising unit-level data in natural history card archives, In: ENHSIN The European Natural History Specimen Information Network, Scoble MJ (Eds). The Natural History Museum : London. 165 - 176.

Downton AC, Lucas SM, Patoulas G, Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Robinson GS (2003) Computerising Natural History Card Archives.. ICDAR IEEE Computer Society : 354 - 358. doi: 10.1109/ICDAR.2003.1227688

Viloria AL, Pyrcz TW, Wojtusiak J, Ferrer-paris JR, Beccaloni GW, Sattler K, Lees DC (2003) A brachypterous butterfly?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 270 (Suppl_1) : S21 - S24. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0015

Robinson GS, Ackery PR, Kitching IJ, Beccaloni GW, Hernández LM (2002) Hostplants of the moth and butterfly caterpillars of America north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, 69 : 1 - 824.

Downton AC, Tams AC, Wells GJ, Holmes AC, Lucas SM, Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Robinson GS (2001) Constructing Web-Based Legacy Index Card Archives - Architectural Design Issues and Initial Data Acquisition.. ICDAR IEEE Computer Society : 854 - 858. doi: 10.1109/ICDAR.2001.953908

Robinson GS, Ackery PR, Kitching IJ, Beccaloni GW, Hernández LM (2001) Hostplants of the moth and butterfly caterpillars of the Oriental Region. The Natural History Museum & Southdene Sdn Bhd : London & Kuala Lumpur. 744.

Beccaloni GW, Symons FB (2000) Variation of butterfly diet breadth in relation to host-plant predictability: results from two faunas. Oikos, 90 (1) : 50 - 66. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0706.2000.900106.x

Symons FB, Beccaloni GW (1999) Phylogenetic indices for measuring the diet breadths of phytophagous insects. Oecologia, 119 (3) : 427 - 434. doi: 10.1007/s004420050804

Beccaloni GW (1999) Alfred Russel Wallace

Schulz S, Beccaloni G, Nishida R, Roisin Y, Vane-wright RI, Mcneil JN (1998) 2,5-dialkyltetrahydrofurans, common components of the cuticular lipids of lepidoptera. ZEITSCHRIFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG C-A JOURNAL OF BIOSCIENCES, 53 (1-2) : 107 - 116.

Beccaloni GW (1997) Vertical stratification of ithomiine butterfly (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) mimicry complexes: the relationship between adult flight height and larval host-plant height. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 62 (3) : 313 - 341. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1997.tb01629.x

Beccaloni GW (1996) Microhabitat segregation of guilds of Neotropical ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) and the evolution of mimicry. XX International Congress of Entomology, Proceedings of the XX International Congress of Entomology 255 - 255.

Beccaloni GW (null) Studies on the ecology and evolution of Neotropical ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae). PhD Thesis. (Supervisor(s)) Lawton JH, Vane-Wright RI.

Beccaloni GW, Gaston KJ (1995) Predicting the species richness of neotropical forest butterflies: Ithomiinae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) as indicators. Biological Conservation, 71 (1) : 77 - 86. doi: 10.1016/0006-3207(94)00023-J

Beccaloni GW (1993) A new species of Extatosoma Gray (Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae) from Papua New Guinea, with remarks on the species in the genus. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, 136 (2) : 113 - 123.

Beccaloni GW (1991) Balta notulata (Stål) is a domiciliary cockroach in Papua New Guinea. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 5 (4) : 507 - 509. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2915.1991.tb00580.x

Beccaloni GW (1991) Some traditional methods of cockroach control used in Papua New Guinea. Antenna, 15 : 80 - 81.

Invited and keynote speaker

Shedding new light on Alfred Russel Wallace's insect specimens, SPNHC 2014 CARDIFF: National Museum Wales, Cardiff, 25/6/2014.

Invited speaker, The Wallace Correspondence Project, Scratchpad Show and Tell: 19/3/2014.

Invited speaker, The Wallace Correspondence Project, NHM Wallace100 Conference: Natural History Museum, London, 23/10/2013.

Invited speaker, Wallace Letters Online, Informatics Horizons workshop: 24/7/2013.

Alfred Russel Wallace and the Wallace Correspondence Project, NHM talk: Natural History Museum, London, 27/7/2011.

Invited speaker, Lecture, National Science Foundation/Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) -sponsored workshop: 2003.

Invited speaker, Lecture, GART/GloBIS workshop: State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany, 2003.

Poster, BBSRC Bioinformatics and E-Science Grant holders workshop: 2002.

Lecture, Symposium on the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace: Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, 2000.

Lecture, 2nd International Lepidopterists' Conference of Africa: 1999.

Lecture, Tenth International Symposium on Insect-Plant Relationships.: University of Oxford, Oxford, 1998.

Talk, Workshop: Patterns in Insect-Host Relationships: 1997.

Poster, XX International Congress of Entomology.: Florence, Italy, 1996.

Talk, Winter and Annual General Meeting of the British Ecological Society: University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 1994.

Guest lectures

Letters of Note: Alfred Russel Wallace, Nature Live: Natural History Museum, London, UK, 27/1/2015.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace's Early Life and Work, Talk to NHM Wildlife Garden staff and volunteers: Natural History Museum, London, 17/12/2014.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story, Invited talk: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, United Kingdom, 1/12/2014.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story, Public talk: Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 13/12/2013.

Keynote speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace's Early Life & Work, British High Commission, Singapore, 5/12/2013.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story, Invited talk: Singapore Science Centre, Singapore, 4/12/2013.

Keynote speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story, Conference "Defining Wallacea" organised by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences in the Wakatobi Islands near Sulawesi: Indonesian Academy of Sciences, 12/11/2013.

Keynote speaker, An introduction to Wallace, Wallace`s legacy: Evolution, biogeography and modern biology: University of Oxford, Oxford, 2/11/2013.

Keynote speaker, Wallace’s life & work [http://downloads.royalsociety.org/events/2013/wallace-legacy/beccaloni.mp3], Alfred Russel Wallace and his legacy: The Royal Society, London, 21/10/2013.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and Natural Selection: The Real Story, Essex Field Club's Wallace Centenary Conference: Essex Field Club, Pitsea, Essex, 5/10/2013.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story - see https://www.facebook.com/events/220220731469928/, Wallace100 Lecture Series: Natural History Museum, London, 5/9/2013.

Invited speaker, The Legacy of Wallace [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGMi6pWy__s&feature=youtu.be], Ancestor's Trail 2013: Halsway Manor, Sommerset, UK, 25/8/2013.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and his Discovery of Evolution by Natural Selection, Talk organised by the Swansea Historical Association: Gwyn Hall, Neath, Wales, 15/6/2013.

Behind the Scenes: The Wallace Collection [http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/wallace100?view=video], NHM Nature Live: 25/1/2013.

Invited speaker, In search of Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, Anglo-Indonesian Society talk: Anglo-Indonesian Society, London, 17/3/2011.

Invited speaker, Wallace, Darwin & Natural Selection, Talk to East Dorset Heritage Trust: Natural History Museum, London, 16/3/2010.

Invited speaker, Wallace, Darwin & Natural Selection, Royal Geographical Society's Canford Lecture: Canford School, United Kingdom, 17/10/2009.

Invited speaker, Wallace, Darwin & Natural Selection, NHM Friends talk: Natural History Museum, London, 14/10/2009.

Wallace, Darwin and the Discovery of Natural Selection, SMN conference on the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace: Linnean Society, London, 22/11/2008.

Darwin, Wallace and the discovery of natural selection, NHM Nature Live: Natural History Museum, London, 1/7/2008.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace: his life and work, and his childhood in Llanbadoc, Usk, Public talk following unveiling of monument to Wallace: Usk Civic Society, Usk, Wales, 20/5/2006.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and the house he built in Grays, Thurrock Local History Society talk: Thurrock Local History Society, Thurrock, 17/10/2003.

Public Engagement

External activities

Unveiling of new sculpture of Alfred Russel Wallace in Hertford, UK, Hertford, 18/10/2014

Internal activities

Natural Histories: Cockroaches, Natural History Museum, 7/11/2015

Media

Broadcasts

Natural Histories: cockroach, Cockroaches, BBC Radio 4, 9/11/2015.

Natural History Heroes: Alfred Russel Wallace, Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio 4, 8/10/2015.

Inside Science, Centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio 4, 7/11/2013.

Science Café, Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio Wales, 5/11/2013.

Podcast: Alfred Russel Wallace: Forgotten man of evolution remembered, Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC, 22/10/2013.

Good Morning Wales, Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio Wales, 15/10/2013.

Centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland, 6/9/2013.

Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio 4 "In Our Time", 21/3/2013.

World Update, Interview about Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC World Service, 7/2/2013.

Animal Magic, Radio interview about cockroaches, BBC Radio 4, 2005.

Articles

NHM News page: Evolution pioneer’s illegible notebook brought back to life, Dunning H, 20/11/2014.

Jeyaseelan, D. 2013. An evolutionary excursion (Part I), 2013.

FreePress. 2013. Usk scientist gets statue at Natural History Museum, 2013.

Culture24. 2013. Natural History Museum to open Wallace Discovery Trail, 2013.

Anon. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace, 'forgotten man' of science, to be honoured at Natural History Museum. Huffington Post, 2013. Huffington post

Yandell, K. 2013. Flying Frog, 1855: Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin’s unheralded codiscoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection, found inspiration in the specimens he collected on his travels. The Scientist Magazine, 2013.

Turner, R. 2013. Recognition at last for 'forgotten' Darwin contemporary Alfred Russel Wallace. Wales Online, 2013.

Schadwinkel, A. 2013. Der verkannte Zweite hinter Darwin. Zeit Online, 2013.

Rodenas, A. 2013. Wallace el otro padre del darwinismo. La Vanguardia magazine, 2013.

Nolan, S. 2013. He invented 'origin of species' and warned that species are dying out: Now 'forgotten father' of evolution Alfred Russel Wallace is celebrated at last. Mail Online, 2013.

McKie, R. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace, the forgotten man of evolution, gets his moment. The Guardian, 2013.

Manning, S. 2013. Natural selection – it takes two: Darwin's rival Alfred Russel Wallace recognised at last. The Independent, 2013.

Leyden, L. 2013. The Alfred Russel Wallace revival club: A modern effort to pull a scientific pioneer out of Darwin’s shadow. Boston Globe Online, 2013.

Leonard, K. 2013. Why does Charles Darwin eclipse Alfred Russel Wallace? BBC Wales, 2013.

Hului, P. 2013. 5 things S[ara]wakians should know about Alfred Russel Wallace. Borneo Post, 2013.

Engelhart, K. 2013. Evolution's forgotten man. London aims to make Alfred Wallace, Charles Darwin’s overshadowed partner, a household name. Macleans Magazine Online, 2013. Macleans

Anon. 2013. Darwin's forgotten rival. New Zealand Herald., 2013.

Anon. 2013. £50k needed for statue of Darwin's Usk-born partner, Alfred Russel Wallace. South Wales Argus., 2013.

Alum, M. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace 'The last of the great Victorians'. Period Living magazine, August issue: 90-94, Alum M, 2013.

Leo, B. 2012. Campaign for Wallace to get credit for natural selection. The Argus., 2012.

Simons, P. 2005. Motherly love. BBC Wildlife Magazine, 23(9): 39, Interview about cockroaches which may 'suckle' their young, 2005.

Harris, J. 2004. Dr Beccaloni's cabinet of curiosities. The Times Weekend Review, May 15: 8, Harris J, 15/5/2004.

Introduction

Summary

I am the curator of the NHM's collections of Blattodea (cockroaches and termites), Mantodea (praying mantids), Mantophasmatodea, Dermaptera (earwigs), Grylloblattodea (ice crawlers), Phasmida (stick insects), Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets and bush crickets) and the historic A. R. Wallace Insect Collection - a grand total of about 790,000 specimens both dry pinned and in spirit. My curatorial work is diverse and includes recurating the collection, answering enquiries, hosting visitors, doing identifications, participating in public engagement events etc. I am especially interested in the taxonomy and systematics of cockroaches and am the creator and editor of the Cockroach Species File, a comprehensive online catalogue of world species (http://cockroach.speciesfile.org). In 2007 I was responsible, with two colleagues, for reclassifying the termites (Isoptera) as cockroaches (Blattodea) (see our Biology Letters paper "Death of an order..."). Another of my interests is the life and work of the neglected co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. In 1999 I set up the A.R. Wallace Memorial Fund (http://wallacefund.info/) and in 2002 I played a key role in helping the NHM library acquire the world's largest and most important collection of Wallace’s manuscripts, books and insect specimens from his grandsons (6000 items). In order to make these and all of Wallace's other manuscripts in institutions worldwide available to scholars I set up the Wallace Correspondence Project (http://wallaceletters.info). Work on this project began in October 2010 and so far I have secured grants totalling £620,932 to fund it up until February 2018. Please see the project’s online archive: Wallace Letters Online (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/wallacelettersonline). I am also interested in Charles Darwin and in 2006 I initiated the NHM library's project to acquire the largest collection of Darwin-related publications ever assembled (3,500 items). At £985,000, the Kohler Darwin Collection is the most costly purchase of any collection in the Museum's 125-year history. I am also interested in Lepidoptera, and in the past I done work on the evolution of mimicry in butterflies, macroecological patterns in butterfly-hostplant relationships, and novel methods to quantify the diet breadths of phytophagous insects. I also created LepIndex: a uniquely comprehensive online synonymic catalogue of the living and fossil butterflies and moths of the world (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/lepindex/). LepIndex is the largest single contributor of names to the Catalogue of Life.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, 1991 - 1995

BSc (Hon's) [1st class], Imperial College, London, United Kingdom, 1988 - 1991

Employment history

Academic

Curator of orthopteroid insects, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2003 - ongoing

Research Assistant [4 month NHM funded position to continue work on the VIADOCS project], Natural History Museum, Entomology, United Kingdom, 2003 - 2003

Research Assistant [2 year position funded by BBSRC/EPSRC Bioinformatics Initiative. Work on VIADOCS (Versatile Interactive Archive Document Conversion System) project and the Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex) (with M. J. Scoble and G. S. Robinson (NHM)) and the University of Essex], Natural History Museum, Entomology, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2002

Research Entomologist [5 year fixed term appointment. Work on novel methods of quantifying the diet breadths of phytophagous insects; research on macroecological patterns in hostplant utilisation by butterflies; and construction of databases containing butterfly hostplant records.], Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 1996 - 2000

Highlighted publications

Beccaloni GW (2014) Wallace Letters Online .

Beccaloni GW (2014) Cockroach Species File Online .

Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Kitching IJ, Simonsen T, Robinson GS, et al (2005) LepIndex: The Global Lepidoptera Names Index .

Beccaloni GW, Viloria AL, Hall SK, Robinson GS (2008) Catalogue of the Hostplants of the Neotropical Butterflies/ Catálogo de las Plantas Huésped de las Mariposas Neotropicales. Milenio MT (Eds). Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (SEA)/Red Iberoamericana de Biogeografía y Entomología Sistemática (RIBES)/Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (CYTED)/Natural History Museum, London, U.K. (NHM)/Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela (IVIC) : Zaragoza, Spain.

Smith CH, Beccaloni G (2008) Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford University Press : Oxford, U.K. xxv + 482 - tables.

Inward D, Beccaloni G, Eggleton P (2007) Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches. Biology Letters, 3 (3) : 331 - 335. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0102

Projects

Grants

The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project: Phase 2
Role: Principal investigatorBeccaloni G
Funding: John Templeton Foundation
Total value £399,692 (to Museum £399,692)
Dates: 2015 - 2018

Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project
Role: Principal investigatorBeccaloni G
Funding: John Templeton Foundation
Total value £59,054.23 (to Museum £59,054.23)
Dates: 2013 - 2015

The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project
Role: Principal investigatorBeccaloni G
Funding: Mellon Foundation
Total value £176,144 (to Museum £176,144)
Dates: 2010 - 2013

Consultancy

Historical consultant for the BBC Series "Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero"
BBC
Bristol
2012 - 2012.

Fieldwork

UK
2014 - 2014.

Vietnam
2012 - on going.

Australia
2010 - on going.

Fiji
2010 - on going.

Madagascar
2007 - on going.

Madagascar
2004 - on going.

Costa Rica
2003 - on going.

Ecuador
1994 - on going.

Ecuador
1992 - on going.

Ecuador
1991 - on going.

Papua New Guinea
1990 - on going.

Professional activities

Memberships

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Linnean Society, London.

Events

Organisation

Organising committee, Wallace100, (Other), 2012 - 2013.

Other, Happy Birthday Natural Selection, (Exhibition),

Other, Big Bugs, (Exhibition),

Other, Alfred Russel Wallace Discovery Trail, (Exhibition),

Organising committee, Wallace, Darwin and Evolution, (Exhibition),

Organising committee, Life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace, (Symposium),

Organising committee, Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy, (Conference),

Publications

Publications

Beccaloni GW, Beccaloni (2015) Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story. Transactions of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, 109 : 12 - 15.

Beccaloni GW (2015) Yours very truly, Alfred R. Wallace: selections from the Wallace Correspondence Project. 123(7) : 16 - 17.

Beccaloni GW (2015) Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story. Taprobanica, 7 : 120 - 125.

Beccaloni GW (2014) Alfred Russel Wallace

Beccaloni GW (2014) Wallace Correspondence Project Facebook group .

Beccaloni GW (2014) A. R. Wallace Facebook Page .

Beccaloni GW (2014) Cockroach Species File Facebook group .

Beccaloni GW (2014) Cockroaches: an amazing diversity

Beccaloni GW (2014) Henry Walter Bates: guilty until proven innocent?.

Beccaloni GW (2014) Trouble With Tiger Beetles: Singapore Science Centre's Wallace Exhibition Spreads Tiger Beetle Myth.

Beccaloni GW (2014) About Wallace Letters Online.

Beccaloni GW (2014) The A. R. Wallace Correspondence Project's Transcription Protocol.

Costa JT, Beccaloni GW (2014) Deepening the darkness? Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago. Current Biology, 24 (2) : R1070 - R1072.

Beccaloni GW (2013) Wallace immortalised: Museum set to receive Wallace statue 100 years later than planned. 17 : 28 - 29.

Beccaloni GW (2013) Most of the content of the NHM's Wallace100 blog

Beccaloni GW (2013) On (re-)discovering Alfred Russel Wallace

Beccaloni GW (2013) Forward, In: The Letter from Ternate, Preston T (Eds). TimPress :

Beccaloni GW (2013) Wallace, myself and the BBC

Beccaloni GW (2013) Alfred Russel Wallace and Natural Selection: the Real Story.

Beccaloni GW, Beccaloni J (2013) In the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace with Bill Bailey

Beccaloni GW, Catchpole C (2013) The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project and Wallace Letters Online. 42 (4) : 15 - 17.

Beccaloni G, Eggleton P (2013) Order Blattodea. ZOOTAXA, 3703 (1) : 46 - 48.

Bohn H, Beccaloni G, Dorow WHO, Pfeifer MA (2013) Another species of European Ectobiinae travelling north - the new genus Planuncus and its relatives (Insecta: Blattodea: Ectobiinae). ARTHROPOD SYSTEMATICS & PHYLOGENY, 71 (3) : 139 - 168.

Beccaloni GW (2014) Wallace Letters Online .

Beccaloni GW (2011) The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project Begins. 102 : 14 - 16.

Beccaloni GW (2014) Cockroach Species File Online .

Beccaloni GW, Eggleton P (2011) Order Blattodea Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1882. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (ed.). Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Zootaxa, 3148 : 199 - 200.

Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Kitching IJ, Simonsen T, Robinson GS, Pitkin B, Hine A, Lyal C (2005) LepIndex: The Global Lepidoptera Names Index .

Beccaloni GW (2014) The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project .

Beccaloni GW (2010) The Natural History Museum, London’s orthopteroid collection database is now online. Metaleptea, 30 : 2 - 4.

Beccaloni GW (2010) Big Bugs Life-size. The Natural History Museum. : London.

Robinson GS, Ackery IJ, Kitching IJ, Beccaloni GW, Hernández LM (2010) HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants .

Smith CH, Williams J, Stephens J, Beccaloni G (2010) Alfred Russel Wallace notes 2: the spelling “Russel”, and Wallace's date of birth. Archives of Natural History, 37 (2) : 351 - 354. doi: 10.3366/anh.2010.0017

Beccaloni G, Holloway J, Kitching IJ, Sattler K, Scoble MJ, Tuck K, Vane-wright RI (2009) A tribute to Dr Gaden S. Robinson (1949-2009). Systematics and Biodiversity, 7 : 351 - 354.

Beccaloni G (2009) Happy 150th birthday natural selection. Panorama: The Journal of the Thurrock Local History Society, 47 : 5 - 10.

Beccaloni G (2009) Wallace in Neath. 36 : 21 - 24.

Edwards FL, Beccaloni GW (2009) Alfred Russel Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist 1823 - 1913. Ikonolux. U.K. :

Beccaloni GW (2008) Natural Selection; The Darwin-Wallace Papers

Beccaloni GW, Smith VS (2008) Celebrations for Darwin downplay Wallace's role. Nature, 451 (7182) : 1050 - 1050. doi: 10.1038/4511050d

Beccaloni GW (2014) The Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund .

Beccaloni GW (2008) It's only natural to mark anniversary.

Beccaloni GW (2008) Alfred Russel Wallace: A famous son of Grays.

Beccaloni G (2008) Wallace's annotated copy of the Darwin-Wallace paper on natural selection, In: Chapter 4: Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, Oxford University Press : Oxford, U.K. xxv + 482 pp. 91 - 101.

Beccaloni G (2008) Chapter 1: Homes sweet homes: A biographical tour of Wallace's many places of residence, In: Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, Smith CH, Beccaloni G (Eds). Oxford University Press : Oxford, U.K. xxv + 482 pp. 7 - 43.

Beccaloni GW, Viloria AL, Hall SK, Robinson GS (2008) Catalogue of the Hostplants of the Neotropical Butterflies/ Catálogo de las Plantas Huésped de las Mariposas Neotropicales. Milenio MT (Eds). Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (SEA)/Red Iberoamericana de Biogeografía y Entomología Sistemática (RIBES)/Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (CYTED)/Natural History Museum, London, U.K. (NHM)/Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela (IVIC) : Zaragoza, Spain.

Smith CH, Beccaloni G (2008) Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford University Press : Oxford, U.K. xxv + 482 - tables.

Ünal M, Beccaloni GW (2008) Lectotype designation for the type species of Colossopus, C. grandidieri Saussure, 1899 (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae). Phasmid Studies, 17 : 34 - 35.

Inward D, Beccaloni G, Eggleton P (2007) Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches. Biology Letters, 3 (3) : 331 - 335. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0102

Beccaloni GW (2007) Wallace's insect collection

Beccaloni GW, Fritzsche I (2007) Editorial. Cockroach Studies. 2 : : 2 - 3.

Beccaloni GW (2007) Cockroaches. An amazing diversity. http://blattodea-culture-group.org/roachIntro

Beccaloni GW (2007) Alfred Russel Wallace's private insect collection. 15 (1) : 18 - 20.

Beccaloni GW (2007) The Blattodea Species File Online (BSF) database: A new Web resource for everyone interested in cockroaches. Cockroach Studies, 2 : 4 - 10.

Beccaloni GW, Fritzsche I (2007) BCG meetings - Invitation for 2007. Cockroach Studies, 2 :

Eggleton P, Beccaloni G, Inward D (2007) Response to Lo et al.. Biology Letters, 3 (5) : 564 - 565. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0367

Beccaloni GW (2006) Science updates [Alfred Russel Wallace’s private insect collection]. 43 : 15 - 16.

Beccaloni GW (2006) [Information about cockroaches for kids]

Beccaloni GW (2006) Spotlight on science [Alfred Russel Wallace's private insect collection]. 17 : 10 - 11.

Beccaloni GW (2006) Hidden treasure - the unusual. 43 : 21 - 22.

Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Robinson GS, Pitkin BR (2006) LepIndex: the global Lepidoptera names index (v. 12.2). Bisby, F.A., et al., (Eds). Species 2000: Reading, UK. CD-ROM and http://www.sp2000.org/AnnualChecklist.html/ :

Fritzsche I, Beccaloni GW (2006) Editorial. Cockroach Studies. 1 : :

Beccaloni GW (2005) The quest for the British mole cricket. 50 : 10 - 10.

Polaszek A (2005) A universal register for animal names. Nature, 437 (7058) : 477 - 477. doi: 10.1038/437477a

Beccaloni G (2004) The other evolutionist. Nature (London), 431 :

Schulz S, Beccaloni G, Brown KS, Boppré M, Freitas AVL, Ockenfels P, Trigo JR (2004) Semiochemicals derived from pyrrolizidine alkaloids in male ithomiine butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 32 (8) : 699 - 713. doi: 10.1016/j.bse.2003.12.004

Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Robinson GS, Downton AC, Lucas SM (2003) Computerising unit-level data in natural history card archives, In: ENHSIN The European Natural History Specimen Information Network, Scoble MJ (Eds). The Natural History Museum : London. 165 - 176.

Downton AC, Lucas SM, Patoulas G, Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Robinson GS (2003) Computerising Natural History Card Archives.. ICDAR IEEE Computer Society : 354 - 358. doi: 10.1109/ICDAR.2003.1227688

Viloria AL, Pyrcz TW, Wojtusiak J, Ferrer-paris JR, Beccaloni GW, Sattler K, Lees DC (2003) A brachypterous butterfly?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 270 (Suppl_1) : S21 - S24. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0015

Robinson GS, Ackery PR, Kitching IJ, Beccaloni GW, Hernández LM (2002) Hostplants of the moth and butterfly caterpillars of America north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, 69 : 1 - 824.

Downton AC, Tams AC, Wells GJ, Holmes AC, Lucas SM, Beccaloni GW, Scoble MJ, Robinson GS (2001) Constructing Web-Based Legacy Index Card Archives - Architectural Design Issues and Initial Data Acquisition.. ICDAR IEEE Computer Society : 854 - 858. doi: 10.1109/ICDAR.2001.953908

Robinson GS, Ackery PR, Kitching IJ, Beccaloni GW, Hernández LM (2001) Hostplants of the moth and butterfly caterpillars of the Oriental Region. The Natural History Museum & Southdene Sdn Bhd : London & Kuala Lumpur. 744.

Beccaloni GW, Symons FB (2000) Variation of butterfly diet breadth in relation to host-plant predictability: results from two faunas. Oikos, 90 (1) : 50 - 66. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0706.2000.900106.x

Symons FB, Beccaloni GW (1999) Phylogenetic indices for measuring the diet breadths of phytophagous insects. Oecologia, 119 (3) : 427 - 434. doi: 10.1007/s004420050804

Beccaloni GW (1999) Alfred Russel Wallace

Schulz S, Beccaloni G, Nishida R, Roisin Y, Vane-wright RI, Mcneil JN (1998) 2,5-dialkyltetrahydrofurans, common components of the cuticular lipids of lepidoptera. ZEITSCHRIFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG C-A JOURNAL OF BIOSCIENCES, 53 (1-2) : 107 - 116.

Beccaloni GW (1997) Vertical stratification of ithomiine butterfly (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) mimicry complexes: the relationship between adult flight height and larval host-plant height. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 62 (3) : 313 - 341. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1997.tb01629.x

Beccaloni GW (1996) Microhabitat segregation of guilds of Neotropical ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) and the evolution of mimicry. XX International Congress of Entomology, Proceedings of the XX International Congress of Entomology 255 - 255.

Beccaloni GW (null) Studies on the ecology and evolution of Neotropical ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae). PhD Thesis. (Supervisor(s)) Lawton JH, Vane-Wright RI.

Beccaloni GW, Gaston KJ (1995) Predicting the species richness of neotropical forest butterflies: Ithomiinae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) as indicators. Biological Conservation, 71 (1) : 77 - 86. doi: 10.1016/0006-3207(94)00023-J

Beccaloni GW (1993) A new species of Extatosoma Gray (Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae) from Papua New Guinea, with remarks on the species in the genus. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, 136 (2) : 113 - 123.

Beccaloni GW (1991) Balta notulata (Stål) is a domiciliary cockroach in Papua New Guinea. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 5 (4) : 507 - 509. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2915.1991.tb00580.x

Beccaloni GW (1991) Some traditional methods of cockroach control used in Papua New Guinea. Antenna, 15 : 80 - 81.

Impact and outreach

Invited and keynote speaker

Shedding new light on Alfred Russel Wallace's insect specimens, SPNHC 2014 CARDIFF: National Museum Wales, Cardiff, 25/6/2014.

Invited speaker, The Wallace Correspondence Project, Scratchpad Show and Tell: 19/3/2014.

Invited speaker, The Wallace Correspondence Project, NHM Wallace100 Conference: Natural History Museum, London, 23/10/2013.

Invited speaker, Wallace Letters Online, Informatics Horizons workshop: 24/7/2013.

Alfred Russel Wallace and the Wallace Correspondence Project, NHM talk: Natural History Museum, London, 27/7/2011.

Invited speaker, Lecture, National Science Foundation/Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) -sponsored workshop: 2003.

Invited speaker, Lecture, GART/GloBIS workshop: State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany, 2003.

Poster, BBSRC Bioinformatics and E-Science Grant holders workshop: 2002.

Lecture, Symposium on the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace: Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, 2000.

Lecture, 2nd International Lepidopterists' Conference of Africa: 1999.

Lecture, Tenth International Symposium on Insect-Plant Relationships.: University of Oxford, Oxford, 1998.

Talk, Workshop: Patterns in Insect-Host Relationships: 1997.

Poster, XX International Congress of Entomology.: Florence, Italy, 1996.

Talk, Winter and Annual General Meeting of the British Ecological Society: University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 1994.

Guest lectures

Letters of Note: Alfred Russel Wallace, Nature Live: Natural History Museum, London, UK, 27/1/2015.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace's Early Life and Work, Talk to NHM Wildlife Garden staff and volunteers: Natural History Museum, London, 17/12/2014.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story, Invited talk: New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, United Kingdom, 1/12/2014.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story, Public talk: Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 13/12/2013.

Keynote speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace's Early Life & Work, British High Commission, Singapore, 5/12/2013.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story, Invited talk: Singapore Science Centre, Singapore, 4/12/2013.

Keynote speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story, Conference "Defining Wallacea" organised by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences in the Wakatobi Islands near Sulawesi: Indonesian Academy of Sciences, 12/11/2013.

Keynote speaker, An introduction to Wallace, Wallace`s legacy: Evolution, biogeography and modern biology: University of Oxford, Oxford, 2/11/2013.

Keynote speaker, Wallace’s life & work [http://downloads.royalsociety.org/events/2013/wallace-legacy/beccaloni.mp3], Alfred Russel Wallace and his legacy: The Royal Society, London, 21/10/2013.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and Natural Selection: The Real Story, Essex Field Club's Wallace Centenary Conference: Essex Field Club, Pitsea, Essex, 5/10/2013.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and natural selection: the real story - see https://www.facebook.com/events/220220731469928/, Wallace100 Lecture Series: Natural History Museum, London, 5/9/2013.

Invited speaker, The Legacy of Wallace [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGMi6pWy__s&feature=youtu.be], Ancestor's Trail 2013: Halsway Manor, Sommerset, UK, 25/8/2013.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and his Discovery of Evolution by Natural Selection, Talk organised by the Swansea Historical Association: Gwyn Hall, Neath, Wales, 15/6/2013.

Behind the Scenes: The Wallace Collection [http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/community/wallace100?view=video], NHM Nature Live: 25/1/2013.

Invited speaker, In search of Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, Anglo-Indonesian Society talk: Anglo-Indonesian Society, London, 17/3/2011.

Invited speaker, Wallace, Darwin & Natural Selection, Talk to East Dorset Heritage Trust: Natural History Museum, London, 16/3/2010.

Invited speaker, Wallace, Darwin & Natural Selection, Royal Geographical Society's Canford Lecture: Canford School, United Kingdom, 17/10/2009.

Invited speaker, Wallace, Darwin & Natural Selection, NHM Friends talk: Natural History Museum, London, 14/10/2009.

Wallace, Darwin and the Discovery of Natural Selection, SMN conference on the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace: Linnean Society, London, 22/11/2008.

Darwin, Wallace and the discovery of natural selection, NHM Nature Live: Natural History Museum, London, 1/7/2008.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace: his life and work, and his childhood in Llanbadoc, Usk, Public talk following unveiling of monument to Wallace: Usk Civic Society, Usk, Wales, 20/5/2006.

Invited speaker, Alfred Russel Wallace and the house he built in Grays, Thurrock Local History Society talk: Thurrock Local History Society, Thurrock, 17/10/2003.

Public Engagement

External activities

Unveiling of new sculpture of Alfred Russel Wallace in Hertford, UK, Hertford, 18/10/2014

Internal activities

Natural Histories: Cockroaches, Natural History Museum, 7/11/2015

Media

Broadcasts

Natural Histories: cockroach, Cockroaches, BBC Radio 4, 9/11/2015.

Natural History Heroes: Alfred Russel Wallace, Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio 4, 8/10/2015.

Inside Science, Centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio 4, 7/11/2013.

Science Café, Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio Wales, 5/11/2013.

Podcast: Alfred Russel Wallace: Forgotten man of evolution remembered, Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC, 22/10/2013.

Good Morning Wales, Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio Wales, 15/10/2013.

Centenary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland, 6/9/2013.

Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC Radio 4 "In Our Time", 21/3/2013.

World Update, Interview about Alfred Russel Wallace, BBC World Service, 7/2/2013.

Animal Magic, Radio interview about cockroaches, BBC Radio 4, 2005.

Articles

NHM News page: Evolution pioneer’s illegible notebook brought back to life, Dunning H, 20/11/2014.

Jeyaseelan, D. 2013. An evolutionary excursion (Part I), 2013.

FreePress. 2013. Usk scientist gets statue at Natural History Museum, 2013.

Culture24. 2013. Natural History Museum to open Wallace Discovery Trail, 2013.

Anon. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace, 'forgotten man' of science, to be honoured at Natural History Museum. Huffington Post, 2013. Huffington post

Yandell, K. 2013. Flying Frog, 1855: Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin’s unheralded codiscoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection, found inspiration in the specimens he collected on his travels. The Scientist Magazine, 2013.

Turner, R. 2013. Recognition at last for 'forgotten' Darwin contemporary Alfred Russel Wallace. Wales Online, 2013.

Schadwinkel, A. 2013. Der verkannte Zweite hinter Darwin. Zeit Online, 2013.

Rodenas, A. 2013. Wallace el otro padre del darwinismo. La Vanguardia magazine, 2013.

Nolan, S. 2013. He invented 'origin of species' and warned that species are dying out: Now 'forgotten father' of evolution Alfred Russel Wallace is celebrated at last. Mail Online, 2013.

McKie, R. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace, the forgotten man of evolution, gets his moment. The Guardian, 2013.

Manning, S. 2013. Natural selection – it takes two: Darwin's rival Alfred Russel Wallace recognised at last. The Independent, 2013.

Leyden, L. 2013. The Alfred Russel Wallace revival club: A modern effort to pull a scientific pioneer out of Darwin’s shadow. Boston Globe Online, 2013.

Leonard, K. 2013. Why does Charles Darwin eclipse Alfred Russel Wallace? BBC Wales, 2013.

Hului, P. 2013. 5 things S[ara]wakians should know about Alfred Russel Wallace. Borneo Post, 2013.

Engelhart, K. 2013. Evolution's forgotten man. London aims to make Alfred Wallace, Charles Darwin’s overshadowed partner, a household name. Macleans Magazine Online, 2013. Macleans

Anon. 2013. Darwin's forgotten rival. New Zealand Herald., 2013.

Anon. 2013. £50k needed for statue of Darwin's Usk-born partner, Alfred Russel Wallace. South Wales Argus., 2013.

Alum, M. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace 'The last of the great Victorians'. Period Living magazine, August issue: 90-94, Alum M, 2013.

Leo, B. 2012. Campaign for Wallace to get credit for natural selection. The Argus., 2012.

Simons, P. 2005. Motherly love. BBC Wildlife Magazine, 23(9): 39, Interview about cockroaches which may 'suckle' their young, 2005.

Harris, J. 2004. Dr Beccaloni's cabinet of curiosities. The Times Weekend Review, May 15: 8, Harris J, 15/5/2004.