Dr. Brian Brown
Curator of Entomology
Brian has pursued an interest in insects since he was five, when he created an insect zoo in his backyard in Toronto, Canada. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Guelph in Ontario, and then earned his doctorate at the University of Alberta. He joined the Museum’s staff in 1993. Brown's research centers on the systematics, evolution, and natural history of phorid flies, especially the parasitoid species known as "ant-decapitating flies" and "bee-killing flies." He has collected specimens and conducted research in many countries, especially in Central and South America. He has discovered and described about 500 new species of phorids, and investigated their varied lifestyles.