Visiting Researcher, Division of Biology, Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7PY U.K.
1982 BSc Hons Agricultural Zoology (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
1987 PhD Zoology (Imperial College, London)
1987 DIC (Diploma of Imperial College)
1992 Industrial Society Training Course: Leading Projects
2008- Researcher, Hymenoptera Division, Entomology Dept.
2004-2007 Executive Secretary, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.
2004-2007 Externally-funded researcher, ALARM Project, Natural History Museum.
2000-2003 Entomological consultant based in Entomology Dept, Natural History Museum,
London, and School of Biological Sciences, Imperial College, London.
1990-1994 Principal Investigator and Project Leader, Dept of Entomology, Wageningen
Agricultural University, The Netherlands.
1985-1990, CABI Bioscience, Principal Scientific Officer. Head, Agricultural Entomology.
Editor (Entomology), Journal of Natural History 1995-present
Editor (Insect Systematics), Journal of African Zoology 1995-1999
Editorial Board, Bulletin of Entomological Research 1990-1997
Editorial Board, Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 2001-present
Editorial Board, Systematics and Biodiversity 2002-present
Insect systematics and evolution, particularly evolution of host/parasitoid relationships in plant-feeders and parasitoids. The ecological impact of invasive insects and their natural enemies, especially in relation to island ecosystems. Conservation of natural enemies and pollinators. Applied entomology with reference to the tropics, biological control and integrated pest management. Insect identification and information database systems. Reformation and modernisation of animal systematics and nomenclature, including the development of a universal register for animal names and nomenclatural acts.
International Hymenopterists' Society (Member)
Royal College of Science Association (Member)
Imperial College Union (Member).
Consultative Group on BioNET International (Founder Member)
Systematics Association (Member)
My current research on the biosystematics of parasitoid Hymenoptera is focussed on two main areas:
Encarsia elegans adult female ex Aleurolobus niloticus on Citrus. Wadi Maidaq, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 2008.
Encarsia (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Aphelinidae) contains nearly 400 currently valid species, with the true number probably at least 10x that figure. The number of described Encarsia species has doubled in the last 25 years, and the potential for discovery of new species appears to be greater than for any other genus of Hymenoptera.
Molecular studies suggest there is greater differentiation in the single 28S-D2 gene fragment across the genus than across the entire closely-related chalcidoid family Eulophidae, containing nearly 5,000 species.
Despite this diversity, Encarsia species are relatively uniform in terms of biology, with the majority of species heteronomous parasitoids of sessile Sternorrhyncha. There are, however, a number of unusual exceptions to this general rule, and studying these exceptions may help to explain species diversity in this genus.
Together with a team of collaborators from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain (Canary Islands) and the U.S.A. we are conducting intensive research on the systematics of Encarsia and its related genera within the subfamily Coccophaginae. Morphological studies are focussing on morphometrics of the antennae, wings, legs and ovipositor, with molecular markers analysed include the ribosomal 28s rDNA and mitochondrial COI.Identification key to the European genera of bees (Insecta: Apoidea)
The Platygastroidea PBI, funded by the US National Science Foundation, is investigating the systematics of several critical genera, with the objective of rapidly generating semi-automated species descriptions
We are currently targeting the genera Scelio and Oreiscelio, with work on Heptascelio completed.
Oreiscelio zulu - a recently-discovered undescribed species of platygastrid from South Africa.
Dr Shahab Manzari (Iran) Imperial College 2000-2003. PhD: Phylogeny and systematics of whiteflies and their parasitoids.
Dr Xiao Hui (Institute of Zoology, Beijing). 2001-2002. Royal Society K.C. Wong Postdoctoral Fellowship Systematics of Asian Pteromalidae.
Prof. Huang Jian (Fujian Agricultural University) 1996-1997. Royal Society K.C. Wong Postdoctoral Fellowship. Systematics of Chinese Encarsia.
External examiner for three MSc theses and two PhDs.