Oct 2006 – present
Curator of Diptera, Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum
Curation of Nematocera and Orthorrhaphous Brachycera.
Consulting, University of Bristol
Lecturing on Masters Ecology and Management of the Nature Environment Course. Teaching invertebrate survey techniques, RBA and invertebrate identification
May 05 – June 06
Teaching Assistant, Tropical Ecology Field course, La Suerte, Costa Rica
Assisting in fieldwork, running practicals, lecturing, tutoring in tropical entomology and ecological methods
Sept 2005 – Aug 2006
Assistant Curator, Natural History Museum
- Curation, identification to family and morphospecies level of Coleoptera from World collections
Oct 04 – present
Visiting lecturer, University of Surrey Roehampton
- Undergraduate and Masters lecturing in Invertebrate Taxonomy, Ecology and sampling design
1997-2002 University of Surrey Roehampton
Ph.D. Invertebrate Colonisation and Succession on a grazing marsh, The Wetland Centre, London,
1992 – 1996 University of Manchester
Applied Environmental Biology - 2(i) upper
Thesis Project – The relationship between Succession and Diversity in plants and invertebrates
Curation of the Tipulidae collection to Museum standards. Special Funds Grant, Natural History Museum, October 2008
Talk to University of Roehampton - The Natural History Museum, Taxonomy and Me
External LinksI have recently become an active member of the Dipterists forum
This society was set up to promote and enhance the study of Diptera in the UK, fostering links between the amateurs and the professions as well as organising field meetings and identification workshops.
I have the responsibility for the curation of the Nematocera and the Orthorrhaphous Brachycera.
My other duties in the department include;
Recuration of the Bombyliidae Collection
The recent donation of the Greathead collection of Bombyliidae has greatly increased the depth and breadth of the global Bombyliidae held here at the museum. All of the existing specimens have to be rehoused into modern unit trays and deepened drawers (to enable European size pins) and all new specimens have to be incorporated into the collection at the same time. The collection has to be updated on the Museum database.
Recuration of the Asilidae Collection
The Asilidae have undergone an extensive period of revision over the past five years which has resulted in the organisation of the collection to become outdated. The organisation of the specimens as well as the housing has to be updated and the new names and localities added to the Museum database.
John Kramer - Volunteer. Recuration of the British Tipuloidea.
Dan Weaver - Volunteer. Nigerian Diptera
Diversity of Costa Rican Invertebrates.
In Collaboration with Dr Debbie Curtis, invertebrates were sampled over a two year period from la Suerte Field Studies Centre.
The results so far are on my scratch pad:Invertebrates of Costa Rica
Taxonomy of Mycetophilidae - revision of types in the Natural History Museum Collection
British Diptera - collection of British Diptera for revision and updation of records
Dipterists forum Autumn meeting. Abergarvenny, South Wales. October 2008
Culidicidae collection. Thailand and Vietnam. August 2008
Dipterists forum Summer meeting. Aviemore, Scotland. June - July 2008
Culicidiae collection. Indonesia. Novemember 2007