Mr Geoff Martin

Geoff Martin with Taiwanese specimens
  • Collections Manager, Lepidoptera
  • Life Sciences department
  • Insects
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Employment history

  • 2006 - present: Collections Manager of Lepidoptera, Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London.

  • 1999 - 2006: Curator of Macrolepidoptera & British Butterflies, Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London.

  • 1999: Fieldworker, British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford.

  • 1998 - 1999: Curator of Macrolepidoptera & British Butterflies, Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London.

  • 1997 - 1998: Nature Reserve Assistant, The Wetland Centre, London.

  • 1997: Research Assistant, Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London.

Qualifications

  • 2003: MA Museum Studies, University College London.
  • 1996: BSc (Hons), Ecology, University College London.

Professional Roles

Grants

  • Godman Exploration Fund: Fieldwork in Pemba Island, Tanzania, 1998. (Principal Investigator).

  • NHM Collection Enhancement Travel Grant: Insect Biodiversity in Central Bornean Rain Forest, 2001. (Co-applicant).

  • NHM Museum Research Fund: DNA Sequencing of a foodweb at Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar, 2005. (Co-applicant).

  • NHM Collection Enhancement Travel Grant: Insect Biodiversity in North-West Thailand, 2006. (Co-applicant).

  • Royal Society: International Joint Project with Taiwan, 2007. (Co-applicant).

  • Royal Society: International Joint Project with Taiwan, 2008. (Co-applicant).

 External collaborations

  • University of Glasgow (Dr R. Mellanby et al.): Fieldwork in Pemba Island, Tanzania, 1998.

  • University of Cambridge (Dr W. Foster & M. Ellwood): Fieldwork in Kalimantan, Indonesia, 2001.

  • University of Cambridge (Dr W. Foster & M. Ellwood): Fieldwork in Thailand, 2006.

  • Imperial College (Prof. D. Quicke): Fieldwork in Madagascar, 2005.

  • Imperial College (Prof. D. Quicke): & National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (Dr Shen-Horn Yen): Fieldwork in Taiwan, 2007.

  • Imperial College (Prof. D. Quicke): & National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan (Dr Shen-Horn Yen): Fieldwork in Taiwan, 2008.

Guest lectures

  • The Future of Lepidopteran Larval Collections at The Natural History Museum, London.
    NSF-, CR-USA- and ACG-sponsored workshop on the biology and biodiversity inventory of caterpillars, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), northwestern Costa Rica, June 2003.
  • The Entomological Collection of the Natural History Museum, London.
    Workshop on identification of parasitic wasps and insect collection curation. National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan, May 2007.

Membership

  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.

  • British Entomological & Natural History Society (ex Council member).

  • Natural Sciences Collections Association.

Other roles

  • Secretary of Cockayne Trust Fund.

Curation

Job responsibilities and expertise

Responsible for the management of the Lepidoptera collections (80,000 drawers, 10 million+ specimens) including management of six curators.

Current projects

  • Management of the recuration of Lepidoptera collection into modern, archive quality storage unit.

 

  • Barcoding the British Lepidoptera project in association with M.R. Honey (NHM), Prof. H.C.J. Godfray (Oxford University) and Dr P. Herbert (Guelph, Canada).

 

  • Recuration of Cossidae (1000 species).

Recent projects

  • Management of the move of 80,000 drawers of Lepidoptera into the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum including a complete reorganisation of the collection into a modern taxonomic order.

 

  • Management of the Linnean Insect Collection Digitisation Project (36000 images).

 

  • Recuration of Noctuidae: Amphipyrinae (6000 species).

Fieldwork

The collecting of Lepidoptera is part of a museum wide programme to continue to develop the collection as a summary of global diversity in order to meet current and future research needs, both our own and external.

Locality list and groups collected

  • Pemba Island, Tanzania, 1998: Rhopalocera & Macrolepidoptera.

  • Kalimantan, Indonesia, 2001: All Lepidoptera.

  • Belize, 2002: Selected Lepidoptera with legs preserved separately for barcoding.

  • Madagascar, 2005: Selected Lepidoptera with legs preserved separately for barcoding.

  • Thailand, 2006. All Heterocera.

  • Taiwan, 2007. All Heterocera, selected specimens with legs preserved separately for barcoding.

  • Taiwan, 2008. All Heterocera, selected specimens with legs preserved separately for barcoding.

 

Pinning Lepidoptera in the field

Pinning Lepidoptera in the field in Thailand © G. Martin

Publications

2008
2006
  • MARTIN G. ( 2006 ) The Impact Of Frozen Tissue And Molecular Collection On Natural History Museum Collections. NatSCA News 10 : 31-47 .
2003
2002
  • Wakeham-Dawson, A., Franquinho Aguiar, A.M. & MARTIN, G. ( 2002 ) The distribution of endemic butterflies (Lepidoptera) on the island of Madeira, Portugal, since 1850, with comments on their current conservation status. Entomologist’s Gazette 53 : 153-180 .
2000
  • MARTIN, G., Barnett, L. K., Emms, C. ( 2000 ) On some Macro-Lepidoptera of Madeira with special reference to Funchal Ecological Park. Entomologist’s Gazette 51 : 33-37 .
  • Paulo Catry, Richard Mellanby, K. Ali. Suleiman, K. Haji Salim, M. Hughes, M. McKean, N. Anderson, G. Constant, V. Heany, G. MARTIN, M. Armitage, M. Wilson. ( 2000 ) Habitat selection by terrestrial birds on Pemba Island (Tanzania), with particular reference to six endemic taxa. Biological Conservation 95 (2000) : 259-267 .
  • Plant, C.W., Honey, M. R. & MARTIN, G. ( 2000 ) Argyresthia trifasciata Staudinger, 1871 (Lepidoptera: Yponomeutidae) new to Hertfordshire (V. C. 20), with further records from London (V. C. 17, 18 and 21) and with a summary of its British distribution and status. Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 112 : 257-262 .
1998
  • MARTIN, G. ( 1998 ) My London Garden. Atropos 4 : 24-25 .
1996
  • MARTIN, G. ( 1996 ) Biodiversity on chalk and ex-arable grassland using Lepidoptera as an indicator. (BSc dissertation) Unpublished report for English Nature .