Mr Paul Brown MA BSc AMA FRES

Paul A Brown
  • Senior Curator, Phthiraptera and Thysanoptera
  • Life Sciences department
  • Insects
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


  1. Employment history


ix.2009 - present   Senior Curator (Band 4) for Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Collembola, Protura, Diplura,Thysanura,  Lepidoptera, Entomology Department, NHM. 

2007 - viii.2009   Collections Manager (Band 4) for Hymenoptera, Orthopteroidea, Neuropteroidea, Thrichoptera, Ephemeroptera, Megaloptera, Mecoptera, Odonata Entomology Department, NHM.

2004 - 2007   Collections Manager & Division Head (Band 4) for 'Hemimetabola' (Orthoptera, Hemiptera, Psocoptera, Thysanoptera, Phthiraptera, Arachnida, Myriapoda, Ephemeroptera, Megaloptera, Mecoptera, Odonata) and Neuropteroidea & Trichoptera, Entomology Department, NHM.

1998 - 2003  Lead Curator, (Band 5) Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha & microscope slide conservator, Entomology Department, NHM.

1979-98  Curator Band 5 (SO & ASO), Aphid collection and microscope slide preparator. Research with Roger Blackman (Insect Plant Division) on aphid taxonomy, using computer statistical analyses, electrophoretic and genetic methods and preparing scientific papers, Entomology Department, NHM.

1977-79. Assistant Scientific Officer on Lepidoptera Section (curation of micro and macro-lepidoptera (Entomology Department, NHM).

    2. Qualifications

1977:    BSc Honours (2 ii), Applied Zoology & Forestry, University of Wales (U.C.N.W. Bangor).

1994:    MA, Museums Studies, University College London (Institute of Archaeology).

1995:    AMA, Museums Association Diploma.

Professional Roles

External collaborations

Aphid collection in central Chile with The University of Chile, Santiago, March 1999, November-December 2000 & November-December 2001 (British Council, European Community, Operation Raleigh funded respectively).


  • 1994 Conservation Survey of the insect collections at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Scotland.
  • 1999 Condition Survey of microscope slide collections at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London.
  • 2002 Conservation Survey of the insect collections at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
  • 2004 Conservation Survey of the insect collections at Wollaton Hall Museum, Nottingham

External comittees

Chair of the Natural Sciences Collections Association 2008-2011

Secretary of  the Natural Sciences Collections Association 2003-2008

Chair of the Natural Science Conservation Group 2001-2003

Secretary of the Natural Science Conservation Group 1997- 2001

The Natural Sciences Collections Association

Represent NatSCA on Insect Collections Managers' Group 

Natural Sciences Conservation Group representative on the National Council for Conservation-Restoration 1998-2001. 

Member of United Kingdom Institute for Conservation Professional Accreditation selection Board 2001.

Guest lectures

2000. Guest lecturer University of Chile, Santiago, New Millennium Seminar Series, "Biodiversity & phylogenetic relationships of native Chilean aphids".



Responsible for the Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Psocoptera, Collembola, Protura, Diplura and Thysanura collections within the Lepidoptera section of the Entomology Department. Consultant on microscope slide collections within and beyond the Museum.

Special projects

The re-curation of the Phthiraptera microscope slide collection following the latest Taxonomic order. 

Overseeing the conservation of deteriorating Collembola microscope slides by volunteer microscopist Dennis Fulwood. 





Research Student Supervision


  • Brown, P.A. & Goodger, D.T ( 2009 ) What to do with papered insect collections? A new storage system for the Odonata ‘papered’ collection at the Natural History Museum, London. NatSCA News 18 : 45-48 .
  • Brown, P.A. & De Boise, Emma, ( 2006 ) Procedures for preparation and conservation of whole insect permanent microscope slide mounts used within the Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London. NatSCA News 8 : 15-19 . NatSCA News
  • Blackman, R.L, Brown, P.A., Ramirez, C.C. & Niemeyer, H.M.

    ( 2003 ) Karyotype variation in the South American aphid genus Neuquenaphis (Homoptera, Aphididae, Neuquenaphidinae)  Hereditas 138 : 6-10 .
  • Brown, P.A. ( 1997 ) Techniques used in the preparation of microscope slide mounts at the Natural History Museum, London, together with an analysis of conservation problems and treatments. The Biology Curator 10: Special supplement : 33 pp . The Biology Curator
  • Brown, P.A. & Blackman, R.L., ( 1994 ) Morphometric variation in the Geoica utricularia (Homoptera :Aphididae) species group on Pistacia (Anacardiaceae), with descriptions of new species and a key to emigrant alatae Systematic Entomology 19(2) : 119-132 .
  • Blackman, R.L. & Brown, P.A., ( 1991 ) Morphometric Variation within and between Populations of Rhopalosiphum maidis (Homoptera: Aphididae) in relation to Karyotype and host Plant, and a note on the Taxonomy of Permanently Parthenogenetic Aphids. Entomologia Generalis, 16 (2) : 97 - 113 .
  • Brown, P.A.,

    ( 1989 ) Keys to the alate Aphis (Homoptera) of northern Europe.  Occasional Papers on Systematic Entomology No.5: : 29 pp .
  • Brown, P.A. & Blackman, R.L. 

    ( 1988 ) Karyotype variation in the corn leaf aphid (Rhopalosiphum maidis) species complex (Homoptera, Aphididae), in relation to host plant and morphology.  Bulletin of Entomological Research 78 : 351-363. .
  • Brown, P.A., ( 1987 ) Key to the genus Pentamyzus Hille Ris Lambers (Homoptera, Aphididae), with a description of a new species from the Falkland Islands. Systematic Entomology 12 : 1-6 .
  • Brown, P.A. & Blackman, R.L. ( 1985 ) A new species of Amphorophora (Homoptera:Aphididae) on Geranium macrorrhizum in Britain. Journal of Natural History 19 : 225-232 .
  • Brown, P.A. ( 1983 ) A note on Myzus (Sciamyzus) cymbalariae Stroyan, with a description of the male. Journal of Natural History 17 : 875-880 .