Dr Thomas Simonsen

Researcher, Entomology

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Insects
Contact: email
Phone: 020-7942-6548



MSc, Univeristy of Copenhagen, Denmark

PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Employment history


Researcher, Lepidoptera Systematics, Natural History Museum, London, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2009 - ongoing


Kodandaramaiah U, Simonsen TJ, Bromilow S, Wahlberg N, Sperling F (2013) Deceptive single-locus taxonomy and phylogeography: Wolbachia-associated divergence in mitochondrial DNA is not reflected in morphology and nuclear markers in a butterfly species. Ecology and Evolution, 3 (16): 5167 - 5176. doi: 10.1002/ece3.886

Lowe T, Garwood RJ, Simonsen TJ, Bradley RS, Withers PJ (2013) Metamorphosis revealed: time-lapse three-dimensional imaging inside a living chrysalis. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10 (84): 20130304 - 20130304. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2013.0304

Blagoderov V, Kitching I, Livermore L, Simonsen T, Smith V (2012) No specimen left behind: industrial scale digitization of natural history collections. ZooKeys, 209 (209): 133 - 146. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3178

Regier JC, Mitter C, Solis MA, Hayden JE, Landry B, Nuss M, SIMONSEN TJ, Yen SH, Zwick A, Cummings MP (2012) A molecular phylogeny for the pyraloid moths (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea) and its implications for higher-level classification. Systematic Entomology, 37 (4): 635 - 656. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2012.00641.x

RICHARDS CS, SIMONSEN TJ, ABEL RL, HALL MJR, Schwyn DA, Wicklein M (2012) Virtual forensic entomology: Improving estimates of minimum post-mortem interval with 3D micro-computed tomography. Forensic Science International, 220 : 251 - 264. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.03.012

SIMONSEN TJ, de Jong R, Heikkila M, Kaila L (2012) Butterfly morphology in a molecular age - Does it still matter in butterfly systematics?. Arthropod Structure & Development, 41 (4): 307 - 322. doi: 10.1016/j.asd.2012.04.006

Penz C, SIMONSEN TJ, Devries P (2011) A new Orobrassolis butterfly (Nymphalidae, Brassolini): a casualty of habitat destruction?. Zootaxa, 2740 : 35 - 43.

SIMONSEN TJ (2011) Book Review: Zygaenid moths of Australia. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society,

SIMONSEN TJ, Zakharov EV, DJERNAES M, Cotton AM, VANE-WRIGHT RI, Sperling FAH (2011) Phylogenetics and divergence times of Papilioninae (Lepidoptera) with special reference to the enigmatic genera Teinopalpus and Meandrusa. Cladistics, 27 : 113 - 137.

Van Nieukerken E, Kaila L, Kitching IJ, Kristensen NP, Lees DC, Minet J, Mitter C, Mutanen M, Regier JC, Simonsen TJ, Wahlberg N, Yen S-H, Zahiri R, Adamski D, Baixeras J, Bartsch D, Bengtsson B, Brown JW, Bucheli SR, Davis DR, De Prins J, De Prins W, Epstein ME, Gentili-Poole P, Gielis C, Hättenschwiler P, Hausmann A, HOLLOWAY JD, Kallies A, Karsholt O, Kawahara AY, Koster JC, Kozlov MV, Lafontaine JD, Lamas G, Landry J-F, Lee S, Nuss M, Park K-T, Penz CM, Rota J, Schintlmeister A, Schmidt BC, Sohn J-C, Solis MA, Tarmann GM, Warren AD, Weller S, Yakovlev RV, Zolotuhin VV, Zwick A (2011) Order Lepidoptera. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (ed) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Zootaxa, 3148 : 212 - 221.

SIMONSEN TJ, Wahlberg N, Warren AD, Sperling FAH (2010) The evolutionary history of Boloria (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): phylogeny, zoogeography and larvalfoodplant relationships.. Systematics and Biodiversity, 8 (4): 513 - 529. doi: 10.1080/14772000.2010.532833