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Vince Smith

  • PhD
  • Research Scientist
  • Natural History Museum, London, UK
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Research interests

I apply computer technology and the web to the study of biodiversity. I also work on the evolution of parasitic lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera).


I leads the Museum’s science informatics activities. These include new approaches to mass digitisation of the Museum’s 80 million specimens and the development of Virtual Research Environments supporting hundreds of taxonomic research communities worldwide. As an entomologist I specialise in the coevolution of parasitic lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) on their avian and mammalian hosts. My recent taxonomic studies include work on the evolutionary history of Galapagos mockingbird lice, dating the diversification of lice across mammals and birds, and the origins and evolution of human lice.


Co-authors (149)

Publications (5)

  • Actionable, long-Term stable and semantic web compatible identifiers for access to biological collection objects

    • Güntsch A
    • Hyam R
    • Hagedorn G
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  • Testing the robustness of Citizen Science projects: Evaluating the results of pilot project COMBER

    • Chatzigeorgiou G
    • Faulwetter S
    • Dailianis T
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  • Inselect: Automating the digitization of natural history collections

    • Hudson L
    • Blagoderov V
    • Heaton A
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  • Macroparasites of introduced parakeets in Italy: a possible role for parasite-mediated competition

    • Mori E
    • Ancillotto L
    • Groombridge J
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  • Erratum: Phylogenetic analysis of partial sequences of elongation factor 1α identifies major groups of lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) (Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (2001) 19:2 (202-215))

    • Cruickshank R
    • Johnson K
    • Smith V
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Professional experience

Research Scientist

Natural History Museum, London, UK

May 2006 - Present

Research Scientist

Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Campus, USA

May 2004 - May 2006(2 years)

Wellcome Trust Junior Research Fellow (Biodiversity)

University of Glasgow

March 2001 - March 2004(3 years)



University of Glasgow

October 1996 - January 2000(3 years)

B.Sc. (Hon.), Biology

School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

October 1993 - June 1996(3 years)