Ms Jan Beccaloni

Ms Janet Beccaloni

Curator, Arachnida and Myriapoda

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates Division
Phone: 0207 942 5309
https://www.researchgate.net

Summary

I am the Curator of Chelicerata (Arachnida, Xiphosura, Pycnogonida), Myriapoda, Tardigrada & Onychophora - collections that comprise nearly 3 million specimens. I am developing these collections through improving physical and virtual access (e.g. recuration, digitization, loans and hosting visits from specialists), as well as through fieldwork, plus collaboration with arachnid societies and institutions around the world. My current research areas are: abnormalities in Xiphosurida; An annotated catalogue of the horseshoe crabs (Xiphosurida) in the collection of the Natural History Museum; type catalogue of Opiliones at the NHM (international collaboration with Professor Adriano Kury, MNRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); a checklist and bibliography of the astigmatid mites recorded from the British Isles with Dr Anne Baker (NHM). My current curation areas are: Xiphosurida collection rehousing & barcoding; mass digitisation of Chelicerata microscope slides. I am involved with training activities (e.g. running courses on spider morphology and behaviour), as well as exhibition development, marketing and publishing projects. I participate in internal Public Engagement events such as Nature Live, Night Safari and Dinosnores science shows; as well as external PEG events such as lectures to Natural History Societies, school events and radio programmes.

Qualifications

Degrees

Diploma in Ecology & Conservation, Birkbeck College, London, 2001 - 2001

M.A. Museum Studies, University College, London (UCL), United Kingdom, 1999 - 2000

B.A. (Hons), The Open University, United Kingdom, 1991 - 1997

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Arachnida, Myriapoda, Tardigrada and Onychophora, The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 1997 - ongoing

Curator of Hemiptera and Trichoptera, The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 1990 - 1997

Microbiologist, Thames Water, United Kingdom, 1986 - 1990

Non-academic

Volunteer keeper (ungulates), London Zoo, 1996 - 1998

Volunteer keeper (ungulates), London Zoo, 1989 - 1991

Highlighted publications

Beccaloni J (2016) The curation of Arachnida collections in alcohol: An international survey.

Beccaloni J (2012) The Arachnida and Myriapoda collections at the Natural History Museum, past and present. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society, 15 : 303 - 312.

Dankittipakul P, Beccaloni J (2012) Validation and new synonymies proposed for Cheiracanthium species from South and Southeast Asia (Araneae, Clubionidae). ZOOTAXA, 77 - 86.

BECCALONI J (2009) Arachnids. Natural History Museum : London.

BAKER AS, BECCALONI J (2006) Macroynssus macroscutatus (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae), a new mite species from bats of the genus Nyctalus (Chiroptera; Vespertilionidae) in England. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 11 : 167 - 174.

EGGLETON P, VANBERGEN AJ, JONES DT, LAMBERT MC, ROCKETT C, et al. (2005) Assemblages of soil macrofauna across a Scottish land-use intensification gradient: influences of habitat quality, heterogeneity and area. Journal of Applied Ecology, 42 (6) : 1153 - 1164. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01090.x

Committees

Other, The British Arachnological Society,

Publications

Beccaloni J, Clarke RJ (2018) Invertebrates of Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve (FSC) and Prawle Point (National Trust). Field Studies Council

Beccaloni J (2016) The curation of Arachnida collections in alcohol: An international survey.

Beccaloni J (2012) The Arachnida and Myriapoda collections at the Natural History Museum, past and present. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society, 15 : 303 - 312.

Dankittipakul P, Beccaloni J (2012) Validation and new synonymies proposed for Cheiracanthium species from South and Southeast Asia (Araneae, Clubionidae). ZOOTAXA, 77 - 86.

Beccaloni J (2011) A comparison of trisodium phosphate with Apegon and Decon 90 as wetting agents to hydrate dried Arachnida and Myriapoda specimens.. NatSCA News,

BECCALONI J (2009) Arachnids. Natural History Museum : London.

BECCALONI J (2008) Important British Arachnida Collections in the UK, In: Members' handbook. British Arachnological Society, Russell-Smith A (Eds). null : St. Neots, Cambs.

BAKER AS, BECCALONI J (2006) Macroynssus macroscutatus (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae), a new mite species from bats of the genus Nyctalus (Chiroptera; Vespertilionidae) in England. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 11 : 167 - 174.

EGGLETON P, VANBERGEN AJ, JONES DT, LAMBERT MC, ROCKETT C, HAMMOND PM, BECCALONI J, MARRIOTT D, ROSS E, GIUSTI A (2005) Assemblages of soil macrofauna across a Scottish land-use intensification gradient: influences of habitat quality, heterogeneity and area. Journal of Applied Ecology, 42 (6) : 1153 - 1164. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01090.x

Beccaloni J (2002) WILSON, J.G. The forgotten naturalist: in search of Alfred Russel Wallace. Archives of natural history, 29 (2): 276-286.. null, 29 (2) : 276 - 286.

Beccaloni J (2002) A comparison of trisodium phosphate and Decon90 as rehydrating agents for Arachnida and Myriapoda dry specimens.. The Biology Curator, 15 - 23.

Beccaloni J, Hillyard PD, Beccaloni J (2002) Computer generated labels for wet collections.. The Biology Curator, 11 - 13.

Beccaloni J (null) Xiphosurida specimens with abnormalities in the collection of the Natural History Museum (NHMUK).. null,

Beccaloni J (null) Specimens of Argas hermanni Audouin, 1827 (Ixodida: Argasidae) from an ancient Egyptian tomb. null,

Beccaloni J, Baker, AS (null) A checklist and bibliography of the astigmatid mites recorded from the British Isles (Acari: Acariformes: Astigmata). null,

Beccaloni J, Clarke RJ (null) An annotated catalogue of the horseshoe crabs (Xiphosurida) in the collection of the Natural History Museum (NHMUK). null,

Kury AB, Beccaloni J (null) Catalogue of harvestmen types in the Natural History Museum (NHMUK). null :

Introduction

Summary

I am the Curator of Chelicerata (Arachnida, Xiphosura, Pycnogonida), Myriapoda, Tardigrada & Onychophora - collections that comprise nearly 3 million specimens. I am developing these collections through improving physical and virtual access (e.g. recuration, digitization, loans and hosting visits from specialists), as well as through fieldwork, plus collaboration with arachnid societies and institutions around the world. My current research areas are: abnormalities in Xiphosurida; An annotated catalogue of the horseshoe crabs (Xiphosurida) in the collection of the Natural History Museum; type catalogue of Opiliones at the NHM (international collaboration with Professor Adriano Kury, MNRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); a checklist and bibliography of the astigmatid mites recorded from the British Isles with Dr Anne Baker (NHM). My current curation areas are: Xiphosurida collection rehousing & barcoding; mass digitisation of Chelicerata microscope slides. I am involved with training activities (e.g. running courses on spider morphology and behaviour), as well as exhibition development, marketing and publishing projects. I participate in internal Public Engagement events such as Nature Live, Night Safari and Dinosnores science shows; as well as external PEG events such as lectures to Natural History Societies, school events and radio programmes.

Qualifications

Degrees

Diploma in Ecology & Conservation, Birkbeck College, London, 2001 - 2001

M.A. Museum Studies, University College, London (UCL), United Kingdom, 1999 - 2000

B.A. (Hons), The Open University, United Kingdom, 1991 - 1997

Employment history

Academic

Curator of Arachnida, Myriapoda, Tardigrada and Onychophora, The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 1997 - ongoing

Curator of Hemiptera and Trichoptera, The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 1990 - 1997

Microbiologist, Thames Water, United Kingdom, 1986 - 1990

Non-academic

Volunteer keeper (ungulates), London Zoo, 1996 - 1998

Volunteer keeper (ungulates), London Zoo, 1989 - 1991

Highlighted publications

Beccaloni J (2016) The curation of Arachnida collections in alcohol: An international survey.

Beccaloni J (2012) The Arachnida and Myriapoda collections at the Natural History Museum, past and present. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society, 15 : 303 - 312.

Dankittipakul P, Beccaloni J (2012) Validation and new synonymies proposed for Cheiracanthium species from South and Southeast Asia (Araneae, Clubionidae). ZOOTAXA, 77 - 86.

BECCALONI J (2009) Arachnids. Natural History Museum : London.

BAKER AS, BECCALONI J (2006) Macroynssus macroscutatus (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae), a new mite species from bats of the genus Nyctalus (Chiroptera; Vespertilionidae) in England. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 11 : 167 - 174.

EGGLETON P, VANBERGEN AJ, JONES DT, LAMBERT MC, ROCKETT C, et al. (2005) Assemblages of soil macrofauna across a Scottish land-use intensification gradient: influences of habitat quality, heterogeneity and area. Journal of Applied Ecology, 42 (6) : 1153 - 1164. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01090.x

Professional activities

Committees

Other, The British Arachnological Society,

Publications

Publications

Beccaloni J, Clarke RJ (2018) Invertebrates of Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve (FSC) and Prawle Point (National Trust). Field Studies Council

Beccaloni J (2016) The curation of Arachnida collections in alcohol: An international survey.

Beccaloni J (2012) The Arachnida and Myriapoda collections at the Natural History Museum, past and present. Bulletin of the British Arachnological Society, 15 : 303 - 312.

Dankittipakul P, Beccaloni J (2012) Validation and new synonymies proposed for Cheiracanthium species from South and Southeast Asia (Araneae, Clubionidae). ZOOTAXA, 77 - 86.

Beccaloni J (2011) A comparison of trisodium phosphate with Apegon and Decon 90 as wetting agents to hydrate dried Arachnida and Myriapoda specimens.. NatSCA News,

BECCALONI J (2009) Arachnids. Natural History Museum : London.

BECCALONI J (2008) Important British Arachnida Collections in the UK, In: Members' handbook. British Arachnological Society, Russell-Smith A (Eds). null : St. Neots, Cambs.

BAKER AS, BECCALONI J (2006) Macroynssus macroscutatus (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae), a new mite species from bats of the genus Nyctalus (Chiroptera; Vespertilionidae) in England. Systematic & Applied Acarology, 11 : 167 - 174.

EGGLETON P, VANBERGEN AJ, JONES DT, LAMBERT MC, ROCKETT C, HAMMOND PM, BECCALONI J, MARRIOTT D, ROSS E, GIUSTI A (2005) Assemblages of soil macrofauna across a Scottish land-use intensification gradient: influences of habitat quality, heterogeneity and area. Journal of Applied Ecology, 42 (6) : 1153 - 1164. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01090.x

Beccaloni J (2002) WILSON, J.G. The forgotten naturalist: in search of Alfred Russel Wallace. Archives of natural history, 29 (2): 276-286.. null, 29 (2) : 276 - 286.

Beccaloni J (2002) A comparison of trisodium phosphate and Decon90 as rehydrating agents for Arachnida and Myriapoda dry specimens.. The Biology Curator, 15 - 23.

Beccaloni J, Hillyard PD, Beccaloni J (2002) Computer generated labels for wet collections.. The Biology Curator, 11 - 13.

Beccaloni J (null) Xiphosurida specimens with abnormalities in the collection of the Natural History Museum (NHMUK).. null,

Beccaloni J (null) Specimens of Argas hermanni Audouin, 1827 (Ixodida: Argasidae) from an ancient Egyptian tomb. null,

Beccaloni J, Baker, AS (null) A checklist and bibliography of the astigmatid mites recorded from the British Isles (Acari: Acariformes: Astigmata). null,

Beccaloni J, Clarke RJ (null) An annotated catalogue of the horseshoe crabs (Xiphosurida) in the collection of the Natural History Museum (NHMUK). null,

Kury AB, Beccaloni J (null) Catalogue of harvestmen types in the Natural History Museum (NHMUK). null :