Dr George Beccaloni

George Beccaloni
  • Curator, Orthopteroidea and Wallace Collection
  • Life Sciences department
  • Insects
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Employment history

2003 - Present   Curator of orthopteroid insects 
Permanent position in Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum. Also Director of the Wallace Correspondence Project.

2003 - 2003        Research Assistant
(4 month NHM funded position) in Entomology Department, The Natural History Museum. Continuation of work on the VIADOCS project.

2001 - 2002        Research Assistant
(2 year position funded by BBSRC/EPSRC Bioinformatics Initiative) in Entomology Department, The Natural History Museum. Work on VIADOCS (Versatile Interactive Archive Document Conversion System) project and the Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex) (with M. J. Scoble and G. S. Robinson (NHM) and the University of Essex).

1996 - 2000        Research Entomologist
(5 year fixed term appointment) in Entomology Department, The Natural History Museum. Work on novel methods of quantifying the diet breadths of phytophagous insects; research on macroecological patterns in hostplant utilisation by butterflies; and construction of databases containing butterfly hostplant records.

Qualifications

1991 - 1995        Imperial College, University of London
Ph.D. (NERC funded CASE award between Imperial College, University of London and The Natural History Museum) & DIC.
Thesis Title: "Studies on the ecology and evolution of Neotropical ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae)." Supervisors: Prof. J. H. Lawton (Imperial College, University of London) and Dr R. I. Vane-Wright (The Natural History Museum, London).

1988 - 1991        Imperial College, University of London
B.Sc. (Hon's) in Zoology (1st Class) & ARCS.

1986 - 1988        University of East London
BTEC HND in Applied Biology (average of merit grades).

Professional Roles

Professional memberships

  • Linnean Society of London (Fellow)
  • Royal Entomological Society of London (Fellow)

Presentations at conferences and symposia

1994:   Lecture at the Winter and Annual General Meeting of the British Ecological Society (University of Birmingham).

1996:   Poster at the XX International Congress of Entomology (Florence, Italy).

1997:   Lecture at a workshop entitled "Patterns in Insect-Host Relationships" which I helped to organise at the Natural History Museum.

1998:   Lecture at the Tenth International Symposium on Insect-Plant Relationships (Oxford).

1999:   Lecture at the 2nd International Lepidopterists' Conference of Africa (Cape Town, South Africa).

2000:   Lecture at a symposium on the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace which I helped to organise (Bournemouth University).

2002:   Poster at BBSRC Bioinformatics and E-Science Grant holders workshop.

2003:   Invited speaker at GART/GloBIS workshop (State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany).

2003:   Invited speaker at National Science Foundation/Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) -sponsored workshop (ACG, Costa Rica).

2008:   Speaker at SMN conference on Alfred Russel Wallace at Linnean Society, London, UK.

2013:   Invited speaker at the Essex Field Club’s “Alfred Wallace Centenary Conference” (Pitsea, Essex, UK).

2013:   Speaker at “Informatics Horizons” symposium at the Natural History Museum, London.

2013:   Speaker at the conference “Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy”, held at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

2013:   Keynote speaker at the “Defining Wallacea” conference organised by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (held in the Wakatobi Islands, Indonesia).

2013:   Speaker (and co-organiser) at the conference “Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy”, at the Royal Society, London, UK.

2014:   Speaker at “Scratchpad: Show and Tell” symposium at the Natural History Museum, London.

Fieldwork

1990:   2 months in Papua New Guinea (as leader of Imperial College expedition).

1991:   2 months in Ecuador (as leader of Imperial College expedition).

1992:   4 months in Ecuador (fieldwork for Ph.D.).

1994:   2 months in Ecuador (fieldwork for Ph.D.).

2003:   2 weeks in Costa Rica (collecting cockroaches)

2004:   5 weeks in Madagascar (collecting orthopteroids)

2007:   5 weeks in Madagascar (collecting cockroaches)

2010:   1 week in Fiji (collecting orthopteroids)

2010:   2 weeks in Australia (collecting orthopteroids)

2012:   3 weeks in Vietnam (collecting orthopteroids)

Interests and achievements

General

I have been deeply interested in natural history most of my life and enjoy traveling and natural history photography (my photographs have been published in many books and articles). In the early 1990s I led undergraduate expeditions to Papua New Guinea and Ecuador, and spent six months in the Upper Amazon Basin of Ecuador doing fieldwork for my PhD. Since then I have visited many tropical countries to do research, lecturing or photography, including: Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Namibia, South Africa, Madagascar, Thailand, Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia, plus Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo), Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Fiji and Australia.

I am the author or co-author of five books, many ‘popular’ articles, web pages and websites, and about 25 research papers published in scientific journals which include Nature, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Oikos and Oecologia. My books include Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace (as co-editor), published by Oxford University Press in 2008, and Big Bugs Life-Size, published by the NHM and Firefly Books, Canada in 2010.

 

Entomology

Cockroaches

I am interested in the taxonomy and systematics of cockroaches (Blattodea), especially the tribe Gromphadorhini, the Madagascan hissing cockroaches. I am the creator and editor of the Blattodea Species File Online, a comprehensive online synonymic catalogue of world cockroaches, which contains approximately 6,700 scientific names (all ranks, valid and not valid). The Blattodea Species File is mentioned by name on 276,000 web pages according to Google. In 1986 I helped to establish the Blattodea Culture Group, a non-profit-making society whose aim is to encourage the study of world cockroaches.

Past work

In early September 2010 Janet Beccaloni and I taught a four day workshop on the orthopteroid insects and arachnids of Fiji at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji. The workshop was part of the Darwin Initiative project “Focus for Fiji: Insect Inventories for Biodiversity Assessment”, which Dr Alan Stewart (University of Sussex) and others have been running since 2006.

In the past I done work on the evolution of mimicry in butterflies, macroecological patterns in butterfly-hostplant relationships, and novel methods to quantify the diet breadths of phytophagous insects. I also created the LepIndex database: a uniquely comprehensive on-line synonymic catalogue of the living and fossil butterflies and moths of the world. LepIndex is by far the largest contributor of names to the Integrated Taxonomic Information System-Species 2000 Catalogue of Life. My Blattodea Species File database supplies the cockroach names listed in the Catalogue.

 

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)

Wallace Memorial Fund

I have been researching aspects of Wallace’s life and work for about 15 years and am one of three co-executors of Wallace’s Literary Estate. In 1999 I founded the A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund (WMF), which has restored Wallace’s grave in Broadstone, Dorset and commissioned a number of memorials to him. These include a greater than life-size bronze statue now at the Natural History Museum, which I led the fundraising campaign for and helped to design. I constructed the WMF's website and have written most of the c. 600 pages on the site. The website gets on average 200 hits per day and is the most popular Wallace-related website on the Internet after the Wikipedia Wallace page. I am also the main contributor to the A. R. Wallace Facebook page.

Talks, exhibitions and acquisitions

I have given numerous public and scholarly talks about Wallace and in 2013 I was invited to give 30 talks in 10 countries. Due to time constraints I actually presented 11 in 4 countries, including a keynote speech at a conference "Defining Wallacea" organised by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences in the Wakatobi Islands near Sulawesi.

In 2008 I helped to design two exhibitions at the NHM about Darwin and Wallace's joint discovery of natural selection, which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the reading of their co-authored paper on the subject to a meeting of the Linnean Society on 1st July 1858. In 2013 I played a key role in the NHM's Wallace100 project, which was designed to commemorated the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death. The project events included the "Wallace Discovery Trail" exhibition and a one day conference. Also that year I was a co-organiser with Prof. Dianne Edwards, Prof. Ghillean Prance and Prof. Steve Jones, of a two day scientific discussion meeting at the Royal Society, London (21st - 22nd October 2013) entitled "Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy" and gave the introductory talk.

In 2002 I played a key role in helping the NHM library acquire the world's largest and most important collection of Wallace’s manuscripts, books and insect specimens from Wallace's grandsons (6000 items), and in 2006 I initiated the NHM library's project to acquire the largest collection of Darwin-related publications ever assembled (3,500 items), which also contained important Wallace material. At £985,000, the Kohler Darwin Collection is the biggest purchase of any collection in the Museum's 125-year history.

Interviews and TV

I have given many radio interviews about Wallace, the highlight being a programme in BBC Radio 4's "In Our Time" series with Melvyn Bragg. I have also made several TV appearances, including a piece about Wallace for a BBC series about the NHM entitled Museum of Life. In 2012 I was the Historical Consultant for the award winning two part BBC series about Wallace, Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, and spent 3 weeks in Indonesia working with the camera team and the Presenter Bill Bailey. I was one of the two narrators of the short and acclaimed film The Animated Life of A. R. Wallace and I provided information for a film about Darwin and Wallace made by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute entitled "The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory", which is being distributed free to schools and anyone else who wants a copy.

I have also been interviewed about Wallace for a large number of newspaper and magazine articles, one recent example of which is: Leyden, L. 2013. The Alfred Russel Wallace revival club: A modern effort to pull a scientific pioneer out of Darwin’s shadow, Boston Globe Online.

Consultation

In 2007 artist Fred Langford Edwards and I were awarded a Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award for a project entitled "Alfred Russel Wallace - The Forgotten Evolutionist" and in 2009 I arranged a 7 week Wallace-related trip for Fred and myself to Sarawak, Singapore, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores and Komodo National Park.

I am frequently consulted by a diverse array of people who require information about Wallace. For example, in March 2008 the well known American writer David Quammen came over to the UK especially to interview me over several days for a feature article about Wallace, which was published in National Geographic Magazine in December 2008. Other examples include that I was consulted about the design of a Royal Mail stamp featuring Wallace which commemorated the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, and I was asked by Operation Wallacea to help design a poster showing Wallace and Darwin's travels for schools worldwide. A summary of the many diverse activities I was involved in during the 2013 Wallace anniversary year can be seen here.

Wallace Correspondence Project

I founded the NHM's Wallace Correspondence Project (WCP) and am its Director. The primary aims of the WCP are to locate, digitize, transcribe and interpret all surviving letters to and from Wallace, plus a selection of his other important manuscripts, such as his notebooks. I am responsible for the overall direction of the project, for designing and maintaining the project’s MS Access database, website and online archive, Wallace Letters Online. I am also responsible for writing the project's protocols, for project publicity, fundraising, editorial decisions, etc.

Work began on the project in 2010 thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which provided funding for the first three years of Phase 1 of the project (October 2010 – May 2014). Additional funding for Phase 1 was received in March 2014 from the Wallace Centenary Celebration, directed by Richard Milner, a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. This funding will run from May 2014 to May 2015. To date Phase 1 has progressed extremely well: a locations list of all c. 4500 currently known letters was compiled and more than 90% of these have now been databased. Digital images of most have now been obtained and these have been linked to the appropriate database records. In June 2011 Sir David Attenborough agreed to become the project’s patron. The project's Wallace Letters Online archive was officially launched by Bill Bailey at London's Natural History Museum in January 2013.

Publications

A. Books

Robinson, G. S., Ackery, P. R., Kitching, I. J., Beccaloni, G. W. & Hernández, L. M. 2001. Hostplants of the Moth and Butterfly Caterpillars of the Oriental Region. The Natural History Museum, London & Southdene, Malaysia. 744pp.

Robinson, G. S., Ackery, P. R., Kitching, I. J., Beccaloni, G. W. & Hernández, L. M. 2002. Hostplants of the moth and butterfly caterpillars of America north of Mexico. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, 69: 824pp.

Beccaloni, G. W., Viloria, A. L., Hall, S. K. & Robinson, G. S. (2008 [May]). Catalogue of the Hostplants of the Neotropical Butterflies/ Catálogo de las Plantas Huésped de las Mariposas Neotropicales. m3m-Monografías Tercer Milenio, Volume 8. Zaragoza, Spain: Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa (SEA)/Red Iberoamericana de Biogeografía y Entomología Sistemática (RIBES)/Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (CYTED)/Natural History Museum, London, U. K. (NHM)/Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela (IVIC). 1-536 pp., 1 fig, 3 tabs.

Smith, C. H. & Beccaloni, G. [Eds.] 2008. Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, xxv + 482 pp., 14 colour and 32 B&W figures, 2 tables. [Paperback edition with minor corrections published 2010]

Beccaloni, G. W. (2010). Big Bugs Life-size. London: The Natural History Museum. 84 pp. (also published as Biggest Bugs (life-size). USA & Canada: Firefly Books).

 

B. Research papers and other research publications

Beccaloni, G. W. 1991. Some traditional methods of cockroach control used in Papua New Guinea. Antenna, 15: 80-81.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1991. Balta notulata (Stål) is a domiciliary cockroach in Papua New Guinea. Medical & Veterinary Entomology, 5: 507-509.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1993. A new species of Extatosoma Gray (Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae) from Papua New Guinea, with remarks on the species in the genus. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, 136(2): 113-123.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1994. Microhabitat segregation of butterfly guilds and the evolution of mimicry. Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, 25(4): 272

Beccaloni, G. W. & Gaston, K. J. 1994. Predicting the species richness of Neotropical forest butterflies: Ithomiinae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) as indicators. Biological Conservation, 71(1): 77-86.

Beccaloni, G. W. & Gaston, K. J. 1995. Predicting the species richness of Neotropical forest butterflies: Ithomiinae (Lepidoptera Nymphalidae) as indicators (Correction to 71: 77). Biological Conservation, 72(3): 407.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1995. Studies on the ecology and evolution of Neotropical ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae). Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of London.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1996. Microhabitat segregation of guilds of Neotropical ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) and the evolution of mimicry. Proceedings of the XX International Congress of Entomology (Florence): 255.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1997. Vertical stratification of ithomiine butterfly (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) mimicry complexes: the relationship between adult flight height and larval host-plant height. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 62: 313- 341.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1997. Ecology, natural history and behaviour of ithomiine butterflies and their mimics in Ecuador (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae). Tropical Lepidoptera, 8(2): 103-124.

Beccaloni, G. & Symons, F. 1998. Diet breadth of butterfly larvae in relation to host plant growth form: an analysis of two faunas. Tenth International Symposium on Insect-Plant Relationships, Programme and Book of Abstracts (Oxford): 90.

Schulz, S., Beccaloni, G., Brown, K., Nishida, R., Roisin, Y., Trigo, J. R., Vane- Wright, R. I. & McNeil, J. N. 1998. 2, 5-Dialkyltetrahydrofurans: common components of the cuticular lipids of Lepidoptera. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 53c: 107-116.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1999. A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund. The British Journal for the History of Science, 32: 483-484.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1999. Correspondence: A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund. The Linnean, 15(3): 14-16.

Beccaloni, G. W. 1999. A. R. Wallace Memorial Fund. Newsletter. Society for the History of Natural History, 65: 10.

Beccaloni, G. W. & Robinson, G. S. 1999. The "HOSTS" database - Natural History Museum, London. Proceedings of the Second International Lepidopterists' Conference of Africa (Cape Town): 6.

Symons, F. B. & Beccaloni, G. W. 1999. Phylogenetic indices for measuring the diet breadths of phytophagous insects. Oecologia, 119: 427-434.

Beccaloni, G. W. & Symons, F. B. 2000. Variation of butterfly diet breadth in relation to host-plant predictability: results from two faunas. Oikos, 90: 50-66.

Downton, A. C., Tams, A. C., Wells, G. J., Holmes, A. C., Lucas, S. M., Scoble, M., Robinson, G. & Beccaloni, G. 2001. Constructing web-based legacy index card archives - architectural design issues and initial data acquisition. Proceedings ICDAR 2001 6th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, Seattle, Washington, September 10-13, 2001: 854-858.

Viloria, A. L., Pyrcz, T. W., Wojtusiak, J., Ferrer-Paris, J. R., Beccaloni, G. W., Sattler, K. & Lees, D. C., 2003. A brachypterous butterfly? Biology Letters, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B (Suppl.), 270: 21-24

Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S., Downton, A. C. & Lucas, S. M. 2003. Chapter 10: Computerising unit-level data in natural history card archives. In: Scoble, M. J. (Ed.). ENHSIN: The European Natural History Specimen Information Network. London: The Natural History Museum. 176pp.

Downton, A. C., Lucas, S. M., Patoulas, G., Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J. & Robinson, G. S. 2003. Computerising natural history card archives. Proceedings ICDAR 2003 7th International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 3-6, 2003, 1: 354-358.

Schulz, S., Beccaloni, G., Brown, K. S., Boppré, M., Freitas, A. V. L., Ockenfels, P. & Trigo, J. R. (2004). Semiochemicals derived from pyrrolizidine alkaloids in male ithomiine butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 32: 699-713.

Beccaloni, G. 2004. The other evolutionist. Nature (London), 431: 630.

Polaszek, A. et al. (I am the third of many authors). 2005. A universal register for animal names. Nature (London), 437: 477

Inward, D., Beccaloni, G. & Eggleton, P. 2007. Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches. Biology Letters, 3(3): 331-335 [Published online 5 April 2007. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0102]

Beccaloni, G. W. 2007. The Blattodea Species File Online (BSF) database: A new Web resource for everyone interested in cockroaches. Cockroach Studies, 2: 4-10.

Eggleton, P., Beccaloni, G. & Inward, D. 2007. Invited reply: Response to Lo et al. Biology Letters, 3(5): 564-565 [Published online 14 August 2007. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0367]

Beccaloni, G. W. & Smith, V. S. 2008. Celebrations for Darwin downplay Wallace's role. Nature (London), 451: 1050.

Ünal, M. & Beccaloni, G. W. 2008. Lectotype designation for the type species of Colossopus, C. grandidieri Saussure, 1899 (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae). Phasmid Studies, 17(1): 34-35.

Beccaloni, G. 2008. Chapter 1. Homes sweet homes: A biographical tour of Wallace's many places of residence. pp. 7-43. In: Smith, C.H. & Beccaloni, G. [Eds.]. Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, xxv + 482 pp.

Beccaloni, G. 2008. Chapter 4. Wallace's annotated copy of the Darwin-Wallace paper on natural selection. pp. 91-101. In: Smith, C.H. & Beccaloni, G. [Eds.]. Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, xxv + 482 pp.

Smith, C.H. & Beccaloni, G. 2008. Introduction. pp. 1-5. In: Smith, C.H. & Beccaloni, G. [Eds.]. Natural selection and beyond: The intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, xxv + 482 pp.

Beccaloni, G., Holloway, J., Kitching, I., Sattler, K., Scoble, M., Tuck, K., Vane-Wright [R.I.] 2009. A tribute to Dr Gaden S. Robinson (1949–2009). Systematics and Biodiversity, 7(4): 351–354.

Smith, C. H., Williams, J., Stephens, J. & Beccaloni, G. 2010. Alfred Russel Wallace notes 2: the spelling “Russel”, and Wallace’s date of birth. Archives of Natural History, 37(2): 351-354.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2010. The Natural History Museum, London’s orthopteroid collection database is now online. Metaleptea, 30(3): 2-4.

Beccaloni, G. W. & Eggleton, P. 2011. Order Blattodea Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1882. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.). Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness. Zootaxa, 3148: 199-200.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2013. Forward. In: Preston, T. (Ed.) The Letter from Ternate. UK: TimPress. 96 pp.

Beccaloni, G. W. & Eggleton, P. 2013. Order Blattodea. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal Biodiversity: An Outline of Higher-level Classification and Survey of Taxonomic Richness (Addenda 2013). Zootaxa, 3703: 46-48.

Bohn, H., Beccaloni, G., Dorow, W. H. O. & Pfeifer, M. A. 2013. Another species of European Ectobiinae travelling north – the new genus Planuncus and its relatives (Insecta: Blattodea: Ectobiinae). Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, 71(3): 139 – 168.

 

C. Electronic publications

(i) Online databases

Beccaloni, G. W., Scoble, M. J., Robinson, G. S. & Pitkin, B.R. 2003. The Global Lepidoptera Names Index (LepIndex).

Beccaloni, G. W. 2007. Blattodea Species File Online. Version 1.0/3.0.

Beccaloni, G. W. (Ed.). 2012. Wallace Letters Online.

Robinson, G. S., Ackery, P. R., Kitching, I. J., Beccaloni, G. W. & Hernández, L. M. 2002. HOSTS - a database of the hostplants of the world's Lepidoptera.

(ii) Websites and Web pages

Beccaloni, G. W. 1999. Alfred Russel Wallace, Find A Grave.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2005. Project on Madagascan cockroaches (select dot on southern Madagascar).

Beccaloni, G. W. 2006. Information about cockroaches for kids.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2007. Introduction to A. R. Wallace’s insect collection.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2007. Text describing A. R. Wallace’s insect specimens.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2007. Introduction to the Blattodea Species File Online (BSF).

Beccaloni, G. W. 2007. Cockroaches: An amazing diversity.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2008-Present. The content of The Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund website [more than 600 pages].

Beccaloni, G. W. 2008. Natural Selection; The Darwin-Wallace Papers. Channel 4's The Genius of Charles Darwin website.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2010-Present. Most of the content of The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project website.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2012-Present. Most of the content of The Wallace100 blog.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2013. Wallace, myself and the BBC.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace and Natural Selection: the Real Story.

Beccaloni, G. 2013. On (re-)discovering Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford University Press blog.

Beccaloni, G. & Beccaloni, J. 2013. In the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace with Bill Bailey. Oxford University Press blog.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2013. About Wallace Letters Online.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2014. The A. R. Wallace Correspondence Project's Transcription Protocol, Version 17.

Outreach

A. Popular articles

Beccaloni, G. W. 2005. The quest for the British mole cricket. Waterhouse Times, 50: 10.

Fritzsche, I. & Beccaloni, G. W. 2006. Editorial. Cockroach Studies, 1: i.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2006. Science updates [Alfred Russel Wallace’s private insect collection]. Nature First, 43: 15-16.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2006. Hidden treasures: The unusual. Nature First, 43: 21-22.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2006. Spotlight on science [Alfred Russel Wallace’s private insect collection]. Second Nature, 17: 10-11.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2007. Alfred Russel Wallace’s private insect collection. AES Bug Club Magazine, 15(1): 18-20.

Beccaloni, G. W. & Fritzsche, I. 2007. Editorial. Cockroach Studies, 2: 2-3.

Beccaloni, G. W. & Fritzsche, I. 2007. BCG meetings - Invitation for 2007. Cockroach Studies, 2: 53.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2008. Alfred Russel Wallace: A famous son of Grays. Thurrock Gazette, 25th January.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2008. It's only natural to mark anniversary. Daily Echo (Bournemouth), 26th January.

Beccaloni, G. 2009. Happy 150th birthday natural selection. Panorama: The Journal of the Thurrock Local History Society, 47: 5-10.

Beccaloni, G. 2009. Wallace in Neath. HOGG: Newsletter of the History of Geology Group of the Geological Society of London36: 21-24.

Edwards, F. L. & Beccaloni, G. W. 2009. Alfred Russel Wallace: The Forgotten Evolutionist 1823 – 1913. UK: Ikonolux. 32 pp.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2011. The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project Begins. Society for the History of Natural History Newsletter, 102: 14-16.

Beccaloni, G. W. 2013. Wallace immortalised: Museum set to receive Wallace statue 100 years later than planned. Evolve, 17: 28-29.

Beccaloni, G. & Catchpole, C. 2013. The Alfred Russel Wallace Correspondence Project and Wallace Letters Online. Newsletter of the History of Science Society, 42(4): 15-17.

 

B. Video and sound recordings

2007. Video. Presentation “Studying Cockroaches”. Natural History Museum, London.

2008. Video. Collecting giant hissing cockroaches in Madagascar. [click the red dot in southern Madagascar]. Natural History Museum, London.

2008. Video. Presentation “World’s longest insect revealed”. Natural History Museum, London.

2008. Audio. Presentation by George Beccaloni & Jo Cooper entitled "Darwin, Wallace and the discovery of natural selection" at The Natural History Museum, London, on July 1st 2008.

2008. Audio. Talk entitled "Wallace, Darwin and the Discovery of Natural Selection", given at conference on Wallace’s life and work at the Linnean Society of London on 22 November.

2009. Video. Presentation “Alfred Russel Wallace”. Natural History Museum, London.

2009. Video. Presentation “Charles Darwin”. Natural History Museum, London.

2011. Video. Interview for “World’s heaviest spider title challenged at Museum”. Natural History Museum, London.

2010. Video. Interview featured in the film “The Power of Insects”, which was Episode 5 of the BBC series “Museum of Life”.

2013. Video. Talk by George Beccaloni & Caroline Catchpole entitled "Behind the Scenes: The Wallace Collection" given in January at the Natural History Museum, London.

2013. Audio. Interview on BBC Radio 4 "In Our Time" programme with Melvyn Bragg.

2013. Audio. Interview on RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland.

2013. Audio. Interview for BBC Radio 4 “Inside Science”.

2013. Video. Alfred Russel Wallace and Biogeography with Bill Bailey and George Beccaloni. Natural History Museum, London.

2013. Video. I am one of two narrators of the acclaimed animated film “The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace” by Sweet Fern Productions, USA.

2013. Video. Talk entitled “The Legacy of Wallace”, given on the 25th August at Ancestor's Trail.

2013. Audio. Talk entitled “Wallace’s Life”, given at the conference “Alfred Russel Wallace and his Legacy” at the Royal Society (UK) on 21 October.

2013. Video. Talk about the Wallace Correspondence Project, given at “Informatics Day” symposium at the Natural History Museum, London, on 24 July.

2013. Video. Interview: “Cockroaches' sense of taste evolves to beat sugar traps”. BBC News.

 

C. Selected printed and electronic articles which feature my work

(most are based on interviews I gave)

Ahuja, A. 2009. A forgotten hero: Darwin's co-discoverer. The Times, February 12.

Alum, M. 2013. Alfred Russel Wallace 'The last of the great Victorians'. Period Living magazine, August issue: 90-94.

Anon. 2003. LepIndex. Nature First.

Anon. 2004. Forefront of science: Dr George Beccaloni, curator, entomology. Nature First, 37: 16-17.

Anon. 2005. Rare insect, the mole cricket, discovered in Oxfordshire garden.

Anon. 2006. Cockroaches hit the shelves.

Anon. 2006. Lost Wallace treasures found in attic.

Anon. 2006. Natural history legend monument.

Anon. 2006. The Wallace day.

Anon. 2007. Cockroach catalogue launches.

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