Principal Curator of Invertebrates
Vladimir Blagoderov is Principal Curator of Invertebrates.
Dr Blagoderov studied zoology at the St-Petersburg State University and got his PhD from the Palaeontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences working on taxonomy, geological history, and phylogeny of Mesozoic fungus gnats (Insecta: Diptera, Mycetophilidae). After completing several postdoctoral projects in the American Museum of Natural History, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and Iowa State University he moved to the Natural History Museum, London in 2006. He is currently in charge of the largest collection at National Museums Scotland, which includes about 6,000,000 specimens of marine and terrestrial invertebrates and insects.
He is fascinated by the incredible diversity of flies, their natural history and evolution. A group of particular interest is fungus gnats (Diptera: Sciaroidea). They have fascinating biology (although larvae of most species are associated with fungi, some can be predacious, herbivorous, or even parasitic) and a very long geological history, which make them a perfect subject for the study of evolution. His projects include studying the diversity of fungus gnats in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, South America and UK; describing new species of flies from Mesozoic ambers; and resolving phylogeny of Sciaroidea.
Dr Blagoderov is also active in a new field of biodiversity informatics. The way taxonomists work describing and classifying new taxa has not changed much in 250 years, since the time of Linnaeus. He works with colleagues all around the world in order to bring together all taxonomic data accumulated and to create tools and methods which help scientists to describe recent and fossil biodiversity faster and understand its dynamics better.
For further publications see: National Museums Scotland Research Repository.
Go out into the field with our Principal Curator of Invertebrates, Vladimir Blagoderov.Blog posts by Vladimir Blagoderov
New paper sheds light on the evolution and classification of predatory fungus gnats (Diptera: Keroplatidae).Read more