Stephen Hewitt is E.C. Pelham-Clinton Research Fellow within the Entomology Section, studying the ecology of flies associated with exposed riverine sediments, especially the Empidoidea.
Stephen did single honours Zoology at Newcastle University followed by the postgraduate Certificate in Museum Studies at Leicester University.
After a contract at the Biological Records Centre in Huntingdon and further work with the Nature Conservancy Council, he took the post of Assistant Keeper of Natural Sciences at Perth Museum. He then moved to Cumbria to take up the post of Keeper of Natural Sciences at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle.
Stephen’s research centres on the specialist species associated with river sand and shingle deposits on spate rivers, exploring their biogeography, larval substrate preferences and adult dispersal behaviour. He has also studied insects and other species more broadly, particularly in upland and woodland habitats
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 projects to conserve individual species of endangered flies and helped devise a conservation strategy for insects in Scotland.
Ten selected publications
- Hewitt, S.M. 2016. Platypalpus ochrocera (Collin) (Diptera, Hybotidae) from exposed riverine sediments with a description of the female. Dipterists Digest 23: 55-61.
- Hewitt, S.M. 2016. Platypalpus aliterolamellatus Kovalev (Diptera, Hybotidae) new to Britain and Norway. Dipterists Digest 23: 62-66.
- Robinson, J. Hancock, E.G., Hewitt, S.M. & Mann, D. 2016. The terrestrial Invertebrate fauna of Mingulay, including 18 new species records for the Outer Hebrides. The Glasgow Naturalist 26: 71-83.
- Hancock, E.G., Hewitt, S.M., Horsfield, D., Lyszkowsi, R.M., Macgowan, I., Ricarte, A., Rotheray, G.E., Watt, K. 2015. Nematocera flies recorded in Serra do Courel, northwest Spain, May 2012 (Diptera: Anisopodidae, Blepharoceridae, Cylindrotomidae, Limoniidae, Pediciidae, Tipulidae and Trichoceridae) including descriptions of two new species of Limoniidae. Zootaxa 3911 (2): 231-44.
- Hewitt, S.M. & Winfield, I.J. 2014. Location of whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) spawning grounds using Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) spraints and prey remains. Biology and Management of Coregonid Fishes – 201. Advances in Limnology 64: 333–343.
- Drake, M., Hewitt, S.M. & Godfrey, A. 2010. Flies of exposed riverine sediments. British Wildlife 21 (5): 320-325.
- Hancock, E.G., Hewitt, S. M., Godfrey, A. & Mullin, M. 2009. Thoracic spiracular gill structure of Lipsothrix (Diptera, Limoniidae) in Britain described from scanning electron micrographs. Zoosymposia 3: 77–87.
- Chvala, M. & Hewitt, S.M. 2006. Tachydromia calcarata (Strobl) (Diptera: Hybotidae) new to Britain, with a redescription of both sexes, and its correct classification within the T. interrupta group of species. Entomologica Fennica 17: 8-12.
- Hewitt, S.M. & Parker, J. 2005. Craneflies of the Genus Lipsothrix Loew (Diptera, Limoniidae) in Cumbria. Dipterists Digest 12 (2): 151-157.
- Hewitt, S.M. & Chvala, M. 2002. Description of a new Western-European Tachydromia Species (Diptera : Hybotidae) of the Tachydromia connexa Group. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History 15: 65-70.
For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.