2184 Vincent Smith | Natural History Museum

Dr Vincent Smith

Dr Vincent Smith

Research Leader, Informatics

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Division of Diversity and Informatics
Contact: email
Phone: 0207 942 5127
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Specialisms

Biodiversity informatics, Phthiraptera., co-phylogeny, data publishing, digitisation, lice

Summary

I am a research leader in informatics and Head of the Informatics Division at the Natural History Museum, London, applying computer technologies and the web to the study of taxonomy and biodiversity. I lead the Museum’s informatics initiative, building the NHM Data Portal (http://data.nhm.ac.uk) for the museum's research outputs and developing new approaches to the mass digitisation of the museum’s 80 million specimens. I am the coordinator of the EU-funded SYNTHESYS3 project (http://www.synthesys.info/), and lead a number of recent informatics initiatives including the EU FP7 funded ViBRANT project (http://vbrant.eu/) and was Co-PI on the NERC funded eMonocot project (http://e-monocot.org/). In addition, I am editor-in-chief of the Biodiversity Data Journal (http://biodiversitydatajournal.com/) and a founding developer of the Scratchpad project (http://scratchpads.eu/). My taxonomic specialisation is on parasitic lice (Insecta: Psocodea: Phthiraptera) and I work on the Museum's one hundred thousand+ louse specimens to better understand the coevolution of lice with their avian and mammalian hosts.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1996 - 2000

BSc (Hon.), University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 1993 - 1996

Employment history

Academic

Cybertaxonomist, Natural History Museum, Entomology, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2013

Research Scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Center for Biodiversity, United States, 2004 - 2006

Wellcome Trust Junior Research Fellow (Biodiversity), University of Glasgow, Institute of biomedical and Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2004

Highlighted publications

Smith V, Georgiev T, Stoev P, Biserkov J, Miller J, et al. (2013) Beyond dead trees: integrating the scientific process in the Biodiversity Data Journal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e995

Johnson KP, Shreve SM, Smith VS (2012) Repeated adaptive divergence of microhabitat specialization in avian feather lice. BMC Biology, 10 (1) : 52 - 52. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-10-52

Smith V, Blagoderov VA (2012) Bringing collections out of the dark. ZooKeys, 209 (209) : 1 - 6. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3699

Smith VS, Ford T, Johnson KP, Johnson PCD, Yoshizawa K, et al. (2011) Multiple lineages of lice pass through the K-Pg boundary. Biology Letters, 7 (5) : 782 - 785. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0105

Smith V, Rycroft S, Brake I, Scott B, Baker E, et al. (2011) Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science. ZooKeys, 150 (150) : doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2193

Grants

SYNTHESYS3: Synthesis of Systematic Resources
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: FP7 - Capacities
Total value £6,000,000

ViBRANT: Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: FP7 - Capacities
Total value £4,750,000

Global Biodiversity Resource for Monocot Plants (eMonocot)
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: NERC

Cophylogeography of ecological replicates: the co-evolution and biogeography of Galapagos mockingbirds and their ectoparasites.
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: FP7 - People

Wikimedian in Residence
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: Wikimedia UK

Systema Dipterorum
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: Smithsonian Institution
Total value £50,000 (to Museum £50,000)

Facilitating "Scratchpad User Support" process from NHM London to RBINS, Brussels
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

UMBEL: E-Taxonomy of Sino-Himalayan Umbelliferae (Apiaceae)
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: FP7 - People

Streamlining Fungus Gnat (Diptera: Sciaroidea: Lygistorrhinidae) Taxonomy
Principal investigator: Blagoderov V
Co-investigator: Smith V
Funding: European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy
Total value £6,720 (to Museum £6,720)

Editorships

Editor in chief, Biodiversity Data Journal, Pensoft, 2013 - on going.

Publications

Mori E, Ancillotto L, Groombridge J, Howard T, Smith VS, Menchetti M (2015) Macroparasites of introduced parakeets in Italy: a possible role for parasite-mediated competition. Parasitology Research, 114 (9) : 3277 - 3281. doi: 10.1007/s00436-015-4548-2

Martinu J, Roubova V, Novakova M, Smith VS, Hypsa V, Stefka J (2015) Characterisation of microsatellite loci in two species of lice, Polyplax serrata (Phthiraptera: Anoplura: Polyplacidae) and Myrsidea nesomimi (Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Menoponidae). Folia Parasitologica, 62 : doi: 10.14411/fp.2015.016

Baker E, Price BW, Rycroft SD, Hill J, Smith VS (2015) BioAcoustica: a free and open repository and analysis platform for bioacoustics. Database, 2015 : doi: 10.1093/database/bav054

Smith V (2014) E-publishing descriptive taxonomy: the convergence of taxonomic journals and databases, In: Descriptive Taxonomy: The Foundation of Biodiversity Research, Watson M, Lyal CHC, Pendry C (Eds). Cambridge University Press : 272 - 295.

Wang L, Smith V, Zhang H, Zhang X (2014) Scratchpads 2.0: a virtual research environment for biodiversity sciences in the Internet era Lisong Wang1*, Vincent S Smith2, Hongrui Zhang1, Xianchun Zhang1. Biodiversity Science, 22 (3) : 264 - 276. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2014.14012

Baker E, Rycroft S, Smith V (2014) Linking multiple biodiversity informatics platforms with Darwin Core Archives. Biodiversity Data Journal, 2 : doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1039

Stoev P, Komerički A, Akkari N, Liu S, Zhou X, Weigand A, Hostens J, Hunter C, Edmunds S, Porco D, Zapparoli M, Georgiev T, Mietchen D, Roberts D, Faulwetter S, Smith V, Penev L (2013) Eupolybothrus cavernicolus Komerički & Stoev sp. n. (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae): the first eukaryotic species description combining transcriptomic, DNA barcoding and micro-CT imaging data. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e1013

Smith V, Georgiev T, Stoev P, Biserkov J, Miller J, Livermore L, Baker E, Mietchen D, Couvreur T, Mueller G, Dikow T, Helgen KM, Frank J, Agosti D, Roberts D, Penev L (2013) Beyond dead trees: integrating the scientific process in the Biodiversity Data Journal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e995

Edmunds SC, Hunter CI, Smith V, Stoev P, Penev L (2013) Biodiversity research in the “big data” era: GigaScience and Pensoft work together to publish the most data-rich species description. GigaScience, 2 (1) : 14 - 14. doi: 10.1186/2047-217X-2-14

Hardisty A, Roberts D, 79 otherauthors (2013) A decadal view of biodiversity informatics: challenges and priorities. BMC Ecology, 13 (1) : 16 - 16. doi: 10.1186/1472-6785-13-16

Smith V (2013) Cybertaxonomy, In: The Future of Scholarly Communication, Shorley D, Jubb M (Eds). Facet Publishing : London. 63 - 74.

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

Johnson KP, Shreve SM, Smith VS (2012) Repeated adaptive divergence of microhabitat specialization in avian feather lice. 3EBC BMC Biology, 10 (1) : 52 - 52. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-10-52

Smith V, Blagoderov VA (2012) Bringing collections out of the dark. ZooKeys, 209 (209) : 1 - 6. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3699

Blagoderov V, Smith V (2011) No Specimens Left Behind. Presented at Life and Literature.

Brake I, Duin D, Van deVeldeI, Smith VS, Rycroft SD (2011) Who learns from whom? Supporting users and developers of a major biodiversity e-infrastructure. Zookeys, 150 (150) : 177 - 192. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2191

Penev L, Mietchen D, Chavan V, Hagedorn G, Remsen D, Smith VS, Shotton D (2011) Pensoft Data Publishing Policies and Guidelines for Biodiversity Data Published online by Pensoft on 25th of May 2011. Pensoft Publishers, http://www.pensoft.net/J_FILES/Pensoft_Data_Publishing_Policies_and_Guidelines.pdf :

Smith VS, Ford T, Johnson KP, Johnson PCD, Yoshizawa K, Light JE (2011) Multiple lineages of lice pass through the K-Pg boundary. Biology Letters, 7 (5) : 782 - 785. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0105

Smith VS, Penev L (2011) Collaborative electronic infrastructures to accelerate taxonomic research. Zookeys, 150 : 1 - 3. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2458

Smith V, Rycroft S, Brake I, Scott B, Baker E, Livermore L, Blagoderov VA, Roberts D (2011) Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science. ZooKeys, 150 (150) : doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2193

Stefka J, Hoeck PEA, Keller LF, Smith VS (2011) A hitchhikers guide to the Galapagos: co-phylogeography of Galapagos mockingbirds and their parasites. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11 (1) : 284 - 284. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-284

Roberts D, Smith VS (2010) Copyright.

Penev L, Roberts D, Smith V, Agosti D, Erwin T (2010) Taxonomy shifts up a gear: New publishing tools to accelerate biodiversity research. ZooKeys, 50 : 1 - 4. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.543

Blagoderov V, Kitching I, Simonsen T, Smith VS (2010) Report on trial of SatScan tray scanner system by SmartDrive Ltd.. : Nature Precedings7.

Blagoderov V, Brake I, Georgiev T, Penev L, Roberts D, Rycroft S, Scott B, Agosti D, Catapano T, Smith V (2010) Streamlining taxonomic publication: a working example with Scratchpads and ZooKeys. ZooKeys, 50 (50) : 17 - 28. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.539

Blagoderov V, Kitching IJ, Simonsen T, Smith V (2010) Report on trial of SatScan tray scanner system by SmartDrive Ltd. Nature Precedings

Blagoderov V, Georgiev T, Penev L, Rycroft S, Scott B, Smith V (2010) Streamlining Taxonomic Publication. EDIT Newsletter, 24 : 10 - 12.

Light JE, Smith VS, Allen JM, Durden LA, Reed DL (2010) Evolutionary history of mammalian sucking lice (Phthiraptera: Anoplura). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 95 :

Penev L, Agosti D, Georgiev T, Catapano T, Miller J, Blagoderov VA, Roberts D, Smith V, Brake I, Rycroft S, Scott B, Johnson NF, Morris RA, Sautter G, Chavan V, Robertson T, Remsen D, Stoev P, Parr C, Knapp S, Kress WJ, Thompson FC, Erwin T (2010) Semantic tagging of and semantic enhancements to systematics papers: ZooKeys working examples. ZooKeys, 50 (50) : 1 - 16. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.538

Roberts D, Smith VS (2010) ViBRANT -Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy. In Tools for identifying biodiversity: progress and problems. Nimis PL, Lebbe RV (Eds). Proceedings of the International Congress, September 20-22, 2010,

Roberts D, Smith VS (2010) VIBRANT - Virtual Biodiveristy Research and Access Network for Taxonomy. Nimis PL, Vignes Lebbe R (Eds). Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems,

Smith VS (2010) Systema Naturae 250 - The Linnaean Ark [BOOK REVIEW]. Systematic Biology 2010, 59 (6) : 757 - 760. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syq038

Smith VS, Duin D, Self D, Brake I, Roberts D (2010) Motivating Online Publication of Scholarly Research Through Social Networking Tools. Stevens G, Pipek V, Rohde M (Eds). Webcentives: Incentives and Motivation for Web- Based Collaboration. In the 9th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, Workshop Proceedings of 9th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems 7 (1) : IISI - International Institute for Socio-Informatics : 329 - 339.

Smith VS, Roberts D, Rycroft SD (2010) Small pieces loosely joined: Getting louse research on the Web. Fourth International Conference on Phthiraptera (ICP4),, Türkiye Parazitoloji Dergisi. 6 - 6.

Smith VS, Palma RL (2010) In Memoriam: Robert C. Dalgleish, Nigel Hill, Mitchell Durno Murray and Robert LC Pilgrim. Abstracts from the Fourth International Conference on Phthiraptera (ICP4), Urgup, Turkey.. Türkiye Parazitoloji Dergisi, 34 :

Smith VS (2009) Data publication: towards a database of everything. BMC Research Notes, 2 (1) : 113 - 113. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-2-113

Smith VS, Rycroft SD, Harman KT, Scott B, Roberts D (2009) Scratchpads: a data-publishing framework to build, share and manage information on the diversity of life. BMC Bioinformatics, 10 : doi: 10.1186/1471-2105-10-S14-S6

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

Mayo S, Allkin R, Baker W, Blagoderov V, Brake I, Clark B, Govaerts R, Godfray HCJ, Haigh A, Hand R, Harman K, Jackson M, Kilian N, Kirkup DW, Kitching IJ, Knapp S, Lewis GP, Malcolm-tompkins P, Von Raab-StraubeE, Roberts DM, Scoble MJ, Simpson D, Smith CR, Smith V, Villalba S, Walley L, Wilkin P (2008) Alpha e-taxonomy: responses from the systematics community to the biodiversity crisis. Kew Bulletin, 63 : 1 - 16.

Roberts D, Rycroft SD, Brake I, Harman K, Scott B, Smith VS (2008) Getting Taxonomy onto the Web. The Systematist, 30 : 3 - 10.

Smith VS (2008) The New Taxonomy. Systematic Biology, 57 : 660 - 663.

Smith VS, Light JE, Durden LA (2008) Rodent louse diversity, phylogeny, and cospeciation in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 63 : 1 - 16.

Smith VS, Rycroft SD, Roberts D (2008) Scratchpads: Getting Biodiversity online, redefining publication. Proceedings of the British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD) 2008 "Biodiversity Informatics: challenges in modeling and managing biodiversity knowledge",

Cohn DL, Smith. VS, Pizarro M, Jones-engel L, Engel G, Fuentes A, Shaw E, Cortes J (2007) Pediculosis in Macca sylvanus of Gibraltar. Veterinary Parasitology, 145 : 116 - 119. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2006.12.008

Smith VS, Dalgleish RC, Cruickshank RH (2007) Fossil lice reconsidered - Erratum. Systematic Entomology, 32 :

Lane RS, Kucera T, Barrett RH, Hasty JM, Wu C, Smith VS (2006) Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) as a host of isodid ticks, lice and lyme disease spirochetes (Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato) in Californian state parks. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 42 : 759 - 771.

Dalgleish RC, Palma RL, Price RD, Smith VS (2006) Fossil lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) reconsidered. Systematic Entomology, 31 (1) : 648 - 651. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2007.00371.x

Smith VS (2006) Phthiraptera. McGraw-Hill Professional : New York. 489 - 491.

Smith VS (2005) DNA Barcoding: Perspectives from a "Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy" (PEET) Debate. Systematic Biology, 54 (5) : 841 - 844. doi: 10.1080/10635150500354894

Koh LP (2004) Species Coextinctions and the Biodiversity Crisis. Science, 305 (5690) : 1632 - 1634. doi: 10.1126/science.1101101

Johnson KP, Yoshizawa K, Smith VS (2004) Multiple origins of parasitism in lice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271 (1550) : 1771 - 1776. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2004.2798

Wappler T, Smith VS, Dalgleish RC (2004) Scratching an ancient itch: an Eocene bird louse fossil. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271 : doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0158

Smith V (2004) Lousy Lists. Systematic Biology, 53 (4) : 666 - 668. doi: 10.1080/10635150490468521

Smith VS, Page RDM, Johnson KP (2004) Data incongruence and the problem of avian louse phylogeny. Zoologica Scripta, 33 (3) : 239 - 259. doi: 10.1111/j.0300-3256.2004.00149.x

Page RDM, Cruickshank RH, Dickens M, Furness RW, Kennedy M, Palma RL, Smith VS (2004) Phylogeny of “Philoceanus complex” seabird lice (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 30 (3) : 633 - 652. doi: 10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00227-6

Reed DL, Smith VS, Hammond SL, Rogers AR, Clayton DH (2004) Genetic Analysis of Lice Supports Direct Contact between Modern and Archaic Humans. PLoS Biology, 2 (11) : doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0020340

Smith V (-1) Lousy phylogenies: Phthiraptera systematics and the antiquity of lice. Meeting on Phylogenetic Relationships within the Insect Orders, Entomologische Abhandlungen 61 : 150 - 151.

Smith V (-1) Phthiraptera: Chewing and sucking lice., In: Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Gale Group : 249 - 257.

Smith VS (2003) Ex Cathedra Cladistics. Heredity, 91 (2) : 96 - 97. doi: 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800321

Johnson KP, Cruickshank RH, Adams RJ, Smith VS, Page RDM, Clayton DH (2003) Dramatically elevated rate of mitochondrial substitution in lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 26 (2) : 231 - 242. doi: 10.1016/S1055-7903(02)00342-1

Smith VS (2003) Scratching a thirty-year itch!: a review of the Second International Congress on Phthiraptera. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 30 : 327 - 331.

Cruickshank RH, Johnson KP, Smith VS, Adams RJ, Clayton DH, Page RDM (-1) Phylogenetic Analysis of Partial Sequences of Elongation Factor 1 alpha Identifies Major Groups of Lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 19 : 202 - 215.

Smith VS (2001) Avian Louse Phylogeny (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera): A cladistic study based on morphology.. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 132 : 81 - 144. doi: 10.1006/zjls.2000.0264

Smith VS (2000) Basal ischnoceran louse phylogeny (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera: Goniodidae and Heptapsogasteridae). Systematic Entomology, 25 (1) : 73 - 94. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3113.2000.00095.x

Courses taught

MSc: Taxonomy and Biodiversity
2/2013 - 2/2013.

Introduction

Summary

I am a research leader in informatics and Head of the Informatics Division at the Natural History Museum, London, applying computer technologies and the web to the study of taxonomy and biodiversity. I lead the Museum’s informatics initiative, building the NHM Data Portal (http://data.nhm.ac.uk) for the museum's research outputs and developing new approaches to the mass digitisation of the museum’s 80 million specimens. I am the coordinator of the EU-funded SYNTHESYS3 project (http://www.synthesys.info/), and lead a number of recent informatics initiatives including the EU FP7 funded ViBRANT project (http://vbrant.eu/) and was Co-PI on the NERC funded eMonocot project (http://e-monocot.org/). In addition, I am editor-in-chief of the Biodiversity Data Journal (http://biodiversitydatajournal.com/) and a founding developer of the Scratchpad project (http://scratchpads.eu/). My taxonomic specialisation is on parasitic lice (Insecta: Psocodea: Phthiraptera) and I work on the Museum's one hundred thousand+ louse specimens to better understand the coevolution of lice with their avian and mammalian hosts.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1996 - 2000

BSc (Hon.), University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 1993 - 1996

Employment history

Academic

Cybertaxonomist, Natural History Museum, Entomology, United Kingdom, 2006 - 2013

Research Scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Center for Biodiversity, United States, 2004 - 2006

Wellcome Trust Junior Research Fellow (Biodiversity), University of Glasgow, Institute of biomedical and Life Sciences, United 2147 Kingdom, 2001 - 2004

Highlighted publications

Smith V, Georgiev T, Stoev P, Biserkov J, Miller J, et al. (2013) Beyond dead trees: integrating the scientific process in the Biodiversity Data Journal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e995

Johnson KP, Shreve SM, Smith VS (2012) Repeated adaptive divergence of microhabitat specialization in avian feather lice. BMC Biology, 10 (1) : 52 - 52. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-10-52

Smith V, Blagoderov VA (2012) Bringing collections out of the dark. ZooKeys, 209 (209) : 1 - 6. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3699

Smith VS, Ford T, Johnson KP, Johnson PCD, Yoshizawa K, et al. (2011) Multiple lineages of lice pass through the K-Pg boundary. Biology Letters, 7 (5) : 782 - 785. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0105

Smith V, Rycroft S, Brake I, Scott B, Baker E, et al. (2011) Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science. ZooKeys, 150 (150) : doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2193

Projects

Grants

SYNTHESYS3: Synthesis of Systematic Resources
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: FP7 - Capacities
Total value £6,000,000

ViBRANT: Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: FP7 - Capacities
Total value £4,750,000

Global Biodiversity Resource for Monocot Plants (eMonocot)
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: NERC

Cophylogeography of ecological replicates: the co-evolution and biogeography of Galapagos mockingbirds and their ectoparasites.
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: FP7 - People

Wikimedian in Residence
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: Wikimedia UK

Systema Dipterorum
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: Smithsonian Institution
Total value £50,000 (to Museum £50,000)

Facilitating "Scratchpad User Support" process from NHM London to RBINS, Brussels
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

UMBEL: E-Taxonomy of Sino-Himalayan Umbelliferae (Apiaceae)
Principal investigator: Smith V
Funding: FP7 - People

Streamlining Fungus Gnat (Diptera: Sciaroidea: Lygistorrhinidae) Taxonomy
Principal investigator: Blagoderov V
Co-investigator: Smith V
Funding: European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy
Total value £6,720 (to Museum £6,720)

Professional activities

Editorships

Editor in chief, Biodiversity Data Journal, Pensoft, 2013 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Mori E, Ancillotto L, Groombridge J, Howard T, Smith VS, Menchetti M (2015) Macroparasites of introduced parakeets in Italy: a possible role for parasite-mediated competition. Parasitology Research, 114 (9) : 3277 - 3281. doi: 10.1007/s00436-015-4548-2

Martinu J, Roubova V, Novakova M, Smith VS, Hypsa V, Stefka J (2015) Characterisation of microsatellite loci in two species of lice, Polyplax serrata (Phthiraptera: Anoplura: Polyplacidae) and Myrsidea nesomimi (Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Menoponidae). Folia Parasitologica, 62 : doi: 10.14411/fp.2015.016

Baker E, Price BW, Rycroft SD, Hill J, Smith VS (2015) BioAcoustica: a free and open repository and analysis platform for bioacoustics. Database, 2015 : doi: 10.1093/database/bav054

Smith V (2014) E-publishing descriptive taxonomy: the convergence of taxonomic journals and databases, In: Descriptive Taxonomy: The Foundation of Biodiversity Research, Watson M, Lyal CHC, Pendry C (Eds). Cambridge University Press : 272 - 295.

Wang L, Smith V, Zhang H, Zhang X (2014) Scratchpads 2.0: a virtual research environment for biodiversity sciences in the Internet era Lisong Wang1*, Vincent S Smith2, Hongrui Zhang1, Xianchun Zhang1. Biodiversity Science, 22 (3) : 264 - 276. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2014.14012

Baker E, Rycroft S, Smith V (2014) Linking multiple biodiversity informatics platforms with Darwin Core Archives. Biodiversity Data Journal, 2 : doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1039

Stoev P, Komerički A, Akkari N, Liu S, Zhou X, Weigand A, Hostens J, Hunter C, Edmunds S, Porco D, Zapparoli M, Georgiev T, Mietchen D, Roberts D, Faulwetter S, Smith V, Penev L (2013) Eupolybothrus cavernicolus Komerički & Stoev sp. n. (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae): the first eukaryotic species description combining transcriptomic, DNA barcoding and micro-CT imaging data. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e1013

Smith V, Georgiev T, Stoev P, Biserkov J, Miller J, Livermore L, Baker E, Mietchen D, Couvreur T, Mueller G, Dikow T, Helgen KM, Frank J, Agosti D, Roberts D, Penev L (2013) Beyond dead trees: integrating the scientific process in the Biodiversity Data Journal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e995

Edmunds SC, Hunter CI, Smith V, Stoev P, Penev L (2013) Biodiversity research in the “big data” era: GigaScience and Pensoft work together to publish the most data-rich species description. GigaScience, 3354 2 (1) : 14 - 14. doi: 10.1186/2047-217X-2-14

Hardisty A, Roberts D, 79 otherauthors (2013) A decadal view of biodiversity informatics: challenges and priorities. BMC Ecology, 13 (1) : 16 - 16. doi: 10.1186/1472-6785-13-16

Smith V (2013) Cybertaxonomy, In: The Future of Scholarly Communication, Shorley D, Jubb M (Eds). Facet Publishing : London. 63 - 74.

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

Johnson KP, Shreve SM, Smith VS (2012) Repeated adaptive divergence of microhabitat specialization in avian feather lice. BMC Biology, 10 (1) : 52 - 52. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-10-52

Smith V, Blagoderov VA (2012) Bringing collections out of the dark. ZooKeys, 209 (209) : 1 - 6. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.209.3699

Blagoderov V, Smith V (2011) No Specimens Left Behind. Presented at Life and Literature.

Brake I, Duin D, Van deVeldeI, Smith VS, Rycroft SD (2011) Who learns from whom? Supporting users and developers of a major biodiversity e-infrastructure. Zookeys, 150 (150) : 177 - 192. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2191

Penev L, Mietchen D, Chavan V, Hagedorn G, Remsen D, Smith VS, Shotton D (2011) Pensoft Data Publishing Policies and Guidelines for Biodiversity Data Published online by Pensoft on 25th of May 2011. Pensoft Publishers, http://www.pensoft.net/J_FILES/Pensoft_Data_Publishing_Policies_and_Guidelines.pdf :

Smith VS, Ford T, Johnson KP, Johnson PCD, Yoshizawa K, Light JE (2011) Multiple lineages of lice pass through the K-Pg boundary. Biology Letters, 7 (5) : 782 - 785. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0105

Smith VS, Penev L (2011) Collaborative electronic infrastructures to accelerate taxonomic research. Zookeys, 150 : 1 - 3. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2458

Smith V, Rycroft S, Brake I, Scott B, Baker E, Livermore L, Blagoderov VA, Roberts D (2011) Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science. ZooKeys, 150 (150) : doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2193

Stefka J, Hoeck PEA, Keller LF, Smith VS (2011) A hitchhikers guide to the Galapagos: co-phylogeography of Galapagos mockingbirds and their parasites. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11 (1) : 284 - 284. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-284

Roberts D, Smith VS (2010) Copyright.

Penev L, Roberts D, Smith V, Agosti D, Erwin T (2010) Taxonomy shifts up a gear: New publishing tools to accelerate biodiversity research. ZooKeys, 50 : 1 - 4. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.543

Blagoderov V, Kitching I, Simonsen T, Smith VS (2010) Report on trial of SatScan tray scanner system by SmartDrive Ltd.. : Nature Precedings7.

Blagoderov V, Brake I, Georgiev T, Penev L, Roberts D, Rycroft S, Scott B, Agosti D, Catapano T, Smith V (2010) Streamlining taxonomic publication: a working example with Scratchpads and ZooKeys. ZooKeys, 50 (50) : 17 - 28. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.539

Blagoderov V, Kitching IJ, Simonsen T, Smith V (2010) Report on trial of SatScan tray scanner system by SmartDrive Ltd. Nature Precedings

Blagoderov V, Georgiev T, Penev L, Rycroft S, Scott B, Smith V (2010) Streamlining Taxonomic Publication. EDIT Newsletter, 24 : 10 - 12.

Light JE, Smith VS, Allen JM, Durden LA, Reed DL (2010) Evolutionary history of mammalian sucking lice (Phthiraptera: Anoplura). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 95 :

Penev L, Agosti D, Georgiev T, Catapano T, Miller J, Blagoderov VA, Roberts D, Smith V, Brake I, Rycroft S, Scott B, Johnson NF, Morris RA, Sautter G, Chavan V, Robertson T, Remsen D, Stoev P, Parr C, Knapp S, Kress WJ, Thompson FC, Erwin T (2010) Semantic tagging of and semantic enhancements to systematics papers: ZooKeys working examples. ZooKeys, 50 (50) : 1 - 16. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.50.538

Roberts D, Smith VS (2010) ViBRANT -Virtual Biodiversity Research and Access Network for Taxonomy. In Tools for identifying biodiversity: progress and problems. Nimis PL, Lebbe RV (Eds). Proceedings of the International Congress, September 20-22, 2010,

Roberts D, Smith VS (2010) VIBRANT - Virtual Biodiveristy Research and Access Network for Taxonomy. Nimis PL, Vignes Lebbe R (Eds). Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems,

Smith VS (2010) Systema Naturae 250 - The Linnaean Ark [BOOK REVIEW]. Systematic Biology 2010, 59 (6) : 757 - 760. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syq038

Smith VS, Duin D, Self D, Brake I, Roberts D (2010) Motivating Online Publication of Scholarly Research Through Social Networking Tools. Stevens G, Pipek V, Rohde M (Eds). Webcentives: Incentives and Motivation for Web- Based Collaboration. In the 9th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, Workshop Proceedings of 9th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems 7 (1) : IISI - International Institute for Socio-Informatics : 329 - 339.

Smith VS, Roberts D, Rycroft SD (2010) Small pieces loosely joined: Getting louse research on the Web. Fourth International Conference on Phthiraptera (ICP4),, Türkiye Parazitoloji Dergisi. 6 - 6.

Smith VS, Palma RL (2010) In Memoriam: Robert C. Dalgleish, Nigel Hill, Mitchell Durno Murray and Robert LC Pilgrim. Abstracts from the Fourth International Conference on Phthiraptera (ICP4), Urgup, Turkey.. Türkiye Parazitoloji Dergisi, 34 :

Smith VS (2009) Data publication: towards a database of everything. BMC Research Notes, 2 (1) : 113 - 113. doi: 10.1186/1756-0500-2-113

Smith VS, Rycroft SD, Harman KT, Scott B, Roberts D (2009) Scratchpads: a data-publishing framework to build, share and manage information on the diversity of life. BMC Bioinformatics, 10 : doi: 10.1186/1471-2105-10-S14-S6

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

Mayo S, Allkin R, Baker W, Blagoderov V, Brake I, Clark B, Govaerts R, Godfray HCJ, Haigh A, Hand R, Harman K, Jackson M, Kilian N, Kirkup DW, Kitching IJ, Knapp S, Lewis GP, Malcolm-tompkins P, Von Raab-StraubeE, Roberts DM, Scoble MJ, Simpson D, Smith CR, Smith V, Villalba S, Walley L, Wilkin P (2008) Alpha e-taxonomy: responses from the systematics community to the biodiversity crisis. Kew Bulletin, 63 : 1 - 16.

Roberts D, Rycroft SD, Brake I, Harman K, Scott B, Smith VS (2008) Getting Taxonomy onto the Web. The Systematist, 30 : 3 - 10.

Smith VS (2008) The New Taxonomy. Systematic Biology, 57 : 660 - 663.

Smith VS, Light JE, Durden LA (2008) Rodent louse diversity, phylogeny, and cospeciation in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 63 : 1 - 16.

Smith VS, Rycroft SD, Roberts D (2008) Scratchpads: Getting Biodiversity online, redefining publication. Proceedings of the British National Conference on Databases (BNCOD) 2008 "Biodiversity Informatics: challenges in modeling and managing biodiversity knowledge",

Cohn DL, Smith. VS, Pizarro M, Jones-engel L, Engel G, Fuentes A, Shaw E, Cortes J (2007) Pediculosis in Macca sylvanus of Gibraltar. Veterinary Parasitology, 145 : 116 - 119. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2006.12.008

Smith VS, Dalgleish RC, Cruickshank RH (2007) Fossil lice reconsidered - Erratum. Systematic Entomology, 32 :

Lane RS, Kucera T, Barrett RH, Hasty JM, Wu C, Smith VS (2006) Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) as a host of isodid ticks, lice and lyme disease spirochetes (Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato) in Californian state parks. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 42 : 759 - 771.

Dalgleish RC, Palma RL, Price RD, Smith VS (2006) Fossil lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) reconsidered. Systematic Entomology, 31 (1) : 648 - 651. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.2007.00371.x

Smith VS (2006) Phthiraptera. McGraw-Hill Professional : New York. 489 - 491.

Smith VS (2005) DNA Barcoding: Perspectives from a "Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy" (PEET) Debate. Systematic Biology, 54 (5) : 841 - 844. doi: 10.1080/10635150500354894

Koh LP (2004) Species Coextinctions and the Biodiversity Crisis. Science, 305 (5690) : 1632 - 1634. doi: 10.1126/science.1101101

Johnson KP, Yoshizawa K, Smith VS (2004) Multiple origins of parasitism in lice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271 (1550) : 1771 - 1776. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2004.2798

Wappler T, Smith VS, Dalgleish RC (2004) Scratching an ancient itch: an Eocene bird louse fossil. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271 : doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0158

Smith V (2004) Lousy Lists. Systematic Biology, 53 (4) : 666 - 668. doi: 10.1080/10635150490468521

Smith VS, Page RDM, Johnson KP (2004) Data incongruence and the problem of avian louse phylogeny. Zoologica Scripta, 33 (3) : 239 - 259. doi: 10.1111/j.0300-3256.2004.00149.x

Page RDM, Cruickshank RH, Dickens M, Furness RW, Kennedy M, Palma RL, Smith VS (2004) Phylogeny of “Philoceanus complex” seabird lice (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 30 (3) : 633 - 652. doi: 10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00227-6

Reed DL, Smith VS, Hammond SL, Rogers AR, Clayton DH (2004) Genetic Analysis of Lice Supports Direct Contact between Modern and Archaic Humans. PLoS Biology, 2 (11) : doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0020340

Smith V (-1) Lousy phylogenies: Phthiraptera systematics and the antiquity of lice. Meeting on Phylogenetic Relationships within the Insect Orders, Entomologische Abhandlungen 61 : 150 - 151.

Smith V (-1) Phthiraptera: Chewing and sucking lice., In: Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Gale Group : 249 - 257.

Smith VS (2003) Ex Cathedra Cladistics. Heredity, 91 (2) : 96 - 97. doi: 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800321

Johnson KP, Cruickshank RH, Adams RJ, Smith VS, Page RDM, Clayton DH (2003) Dramatically elevated rate of mitochondrial substitution in lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 26 (2) : 231 - 242. doi: 10.1016/S1055-7903(02)00342-1 1B75

Smith VS (2003) Scratching a thirty-year itch!: a review of the Second International Congress on Phthiraptera. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 30 : 327 - 331.

Cruickshank RH, Johnson KP, Smith VS, Adams RJ, Clayton DH, Page RDM (-1) Phylogenetic Analysis of Partial Sequences of Elongation Factor 1 alpha Identifies Major Groups of Lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 19 : 202 - 215.

Smith VS (2001) Avian Louse Phylogeny (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera): A cladistic study based on morphology.. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 132 : 81 - 144. doi: 10.1006/zjls.2000.0264

Smith VS (2000) Basal ischnoceran louse phylogeny (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera: Goniodidae and Heptapsogasteridae). Systematic Entomology, 25 (1) : 73 - 94. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-3113.2000.00095.x

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MSc: Taxonomy and Biodiversity
2/2013 - 2/2013.

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