Graham Rotheray is a Research Associate with the Entomology Section and specialises in the biology of higher flies, especially hoverflies.

Graham RotherayHe did joint honours Biology and Philosophy at Keele University and a PhD at University College, Cardiff. This was followed by two years as Assistant Curator of Invertebrates at Liverpool Museum and a post doctoral position at the University of Maryland, USA.

On return to the UK, he became Curator of Entomology at National Museums Scotland. He is Honorary Lecturer in The Division of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow and visiting Professor, University of Alicante, Spain.

Dr Rotheray's research centres on the functional morphology of higher fly early stages. The research fuels collaborative projects in taxonomy and systematics, evolutionary subjects, biodiversity assessments and rare species conservation.

He is a founding member of the Scottish based Malloch Society, which for over 20 years has carried out grant-aided research on rare and threatened Diptera across Europe. In Scotland, the Society undertook the first ever projects to conserve indivdual species of endangered flies and helped devise a conservation stategy for insects in Scotland.

Dr Rotheray also works further afield, in deserts and forests of Central and South America, from where, with others, he has obtained many new and undescribed species and discovered much new biology in attempts to understand the patterns and processes that generate biodiversity. 

Ten recent publications

  1. Rotheray, G.R. 2014. Development sites, feeding modes and early stages of seven European Palloptera species (Diptera, Pallopteridae). Zootaxa 3900 (1): 50-76.
  2. Rotheray, G. E., Bland, K. B. & Hancock, E.G. 2014. Paranthomyza nitida (Diptera: Anthomyzidae): life history in Scotland. Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 150: 7-18.
  3. Polidori, C., Nieves-Aldrey, J.L., Gilbert, F., and Rotheray, G. 2013. Hidden in taxonomy: Batesian mimicry by a syrphid fly towards a Patagonian bumblebee. Insect Conservation and Diversity, doi: 10.1111/icad.12028.
  4. Rotheray, G.E. & Horsfield, D. 2013. Development sites and early stages of eleven species of Clusiidae (Diptera) occurring in Europe. Zootaxa 3619 (4): 401–427.
  5. Marcos-Garcia, M.A., Garcia-Lopez, A., Zumbado, M.A. & Rotheray, G.E. 2012. Sampling Methods for assessing Syrphid Biodiversity (Diptera: Syrphidae) in Tropical Forests. Environmental Entomology. 41: 1544-1552.
  6. Rotheray, G.E. & Hancock, E.G. 2012. Puparial morphology and development sites of Neottiophilum praesutum, Allopiophila vulgaris, Mycetaulus bipunctatus and Prochylizavaripes (Diptera, Piophilidae). Dipterists Digest. 19: 107-124.
  7. Rotheray, G.E. 2012. Morphology of the puparium and breeding sites of eight species of Heleomyzidae (Diptera). Journal of Natural History. 46: 2075-2102.
  8. Ricarte A., Nedeljkovic Z., Rotheray G., Lyszkowski R., Hancock G., Watt K., Hewitt S., Horsfield D., Wilkinson G. 2012. Syrphidae (Diptera) from the Greek island of Lesvos, with description of two new species. Zootaxa. 3175: 1-23.
  9. Ball S.G., Morris R.K.A., Rotheray, G.E., Watt, K.R. 2011. Atlas of the Hoverflies of Great Britain (Diptera. Syrphidae). Wallingford, Biological Records Centre.
  10. Rotheray G.E. and Gilbert F.S. 2011. The Natural History of Hoverflies. Forrest Text. Camarthen.

For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.

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