Mrs Jan Beccaloni

Mrs Janet Beccaloni

Curator, Arachnida and Myriapoda

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates
Contact: email

Specialisms

Araneae (spiders); spirit collections curation & materials

Summary

I am the Curator of the Arachnida, Myriapoda, Tardigrada and Onychophora collections that comprise nearly 3 million specimens. I am developing these collections through improving physical and virtual access (e.g. recuration, digitization, loans and hosting visits from specialists), as well as through fieldwork, plus collaboration with arachnid societies and institutions around the world. My current research area is on the conservation of spirit collections, particularly the mitigation of the effects of preservative fluids on DNA, and the conservation qualities of printer inks. I am involved with training activities (e.g. running courses on spider morphology and behaviour), as well as exhibition development, marketing and publishing projects. I participate in internal Public Engagement events such as Nature Live, Night Safari and Dinosnores science shows; as well as external PEG events such as lectures to Natural History Societies, school events and radio programmes.

Qualifications

Degrees

M.A. Museum Studies, University College, London (UCL), United Kingdom, 1999 - 2000

B.A. (Hons), The Open University, United Kingdom, 1991 - 1997

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Arachnida, Myriapoda, Tardigrada and Onychophora, The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 1997 - ongoing

Curator of Hemiptera and Trichoptera, The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 1990 - 1997

Microbiologist, Thames Water, United Kingdom, 1986 - 1990

Non-academic

Volunteer keeper (ungulates), London Zoo, 1996 - 1998

Volunteer keeper (ungulates), London Zoo, 1989 - 1991

Publications

Beccaloni J (2012) The Arachnida and Myriapoda collections at the Natural History Museum, past and present. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society, 15 : 303 - 312.

Dankittipakul P, BECCALONI J (2012) Validation and new synonymies proposed for Cheiracanthium species from South and Southeast Asia (Araneae, Clubionidae). Zootaxa, (3510): 77 - 86.

Beccaloni J (2011) A comparison of trisodium phosphate with Apegon and Decon 90 as wetting agents to hydrate dried Arachnida and Myriapoda specimens.. NatSCA News, (22)

BECCALONI J. , (2009) Arachnids. Natural History Museum. London.

BECCALONI J (2008) Important British Arachnida Collections in the UK. , Russell-Smith A, Members' handbook. British Arachnological Society.. St. Neots, Cambs.

BAKER AS, BECCALONI J (2006) Macroynssus macroscutatus (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae), a new mite species from bats of the genus Nyctalus (Chiroptera; Vespertilionidae) in England. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 11 : 167 - 174.

EGGLETON P, Vanbergen AJ, JONES DT, Lambert MC, Rockett C, HAMMOND PM, BECCALONI J, Marriott D, Ross E, Giusti A (2005) Assemblages of soil macrofauna across a Scottish land use intensification gradient: influences of habitat quality, heterogeneity and area. Journal of Applied Ecology, 42 (6): 1153 - 1164. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01090.x

Beccaloni J (2002) WILSON, J.G. The forgotten naturalist: in search of Alfred Russel Wallace. Archives of natural history, 29 (2): 276-286.. null, 29 (2): 276 - 286.

Beccaloni J (2002) A comparison of trisodium phosphate and Decon90 as rehydrating agents for Arachnida and Myriapoda dry specimens.. The Biology Curator, (22): 15 - 23.

Beccaloni J, Hillyard PD, Beccaloni J (2002) Computer generated labels for wet collections.. The Biology Curator, (23): 11 - 13.

Highlighted publications

Beccaloni J (2012) The Arachnida and Myriapoda collections at the Natural History Museum, past and present. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society, 15 : 303 - 312.

Dankittipakul P, BECCALONI J (2012) Validation and new synonymies proposed for Cheiracanthium species from South and Southeast Asia (Araneae, Clubionidae). Zootaxa, (3510): 77 - 86.

BECCALONI J. , (2009) Arachnids. Natural History Museum. London.

BAKER AS, BECCALONI J (2006) Macroynssus macroscutatus (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae), a new mite species from bats of the genus Nyctalus (Chiroptera; Vespertilionidae) in England. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 11 : 167 - 174.

EGGLETON P, Vanbergen AJ, JONES DT, Lambert MC, Rockett C, et al (2005) Assemblages of soil macrofauna across a Scottish land use intensification gradient: influences of habitat quality, heterogeneity and area. Journal of Applied Ecology, 42 (6): 1153 - 1164. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01090.x