Brian Brown

Curator, Entomology

Dr. Brian V. Brown, head of the Natural History Museum's Entomology Department and Curator of Entomology, has pursued an interest in insects since he was 5, when he created an insect zoo in his backyard in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Brown 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. After receiving his Ph.D., he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the museum 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 throughout Southeast Asia, North America and Europe, but especially in Central and South America.

Through his work he has discovered and described about 500 new species of phorids, and he has investigated their varied lifestyles. He has worked extensively on fossil species preserved in amber, especially from the 40-million-year-old Baltic amber of Europe.

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