Conrad Gillett


Conrad Gillet

Conrad Gillett with Dynastes hercules and Megasoma actaeon in Orellana, Ecuador,
August 2007.


My professional entomological work has mostly consisted of using and developing advanced high-throughput molecular tools for characterizing beetle diversity, evolution, and biology. Recently I have focused on the highly diverse phytophagous superfamily Curculionoidea (weevils, bark, and ambrosia beetles). However, my interest in scarabs remains undiminished, and I have been studying and sampling them and other beetles since childhood, when I was brought up in Brazil and nherited a passion for nature in general, and for beetles in particular.

My current primary interests lie in the systematics, faunistics, and ecology of the subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Dynastinae, although I also have strong interests in Cetoniinae, and Rutelinae, as well as eotrupidae and Lucanidae. My main ‘expertise’ is in the Palaearctic fauna, especially that of my home continent, Europe, and that of the Arabian Peninsula (where I resided for several years). I also have a very good knowledge of several Neotropical groups.

After completing a M.Sc.  degree in taxonomy and biodiversity at The Imperial College,
London, where I focused on the phylogeny of Cerambycidae, I worked as curator of
Coleoptera in the (former) Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum
(NHM) in London for three years, gaining valuable experience in one of the finest and most comprehensive entomological collections in the world. Concurrently, I also regularly
volunteered at the Hope Entomological Collections of the Oxford University Museum of
Natural History, where I identified and mounted scarabs and re-curated some of their
holdings. During 2009-2010, I was the curator of invertebrates at the National Zoological Collections of Suriname, where I undertook research fieldwork in Amazonia and developed the collections.

I obtained a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia (UEA, Norwich), and the NHM in 2014, conducting original biomolecular research on the higher-level relationships within the weevils. This project was supervised by Dr. B. Emerson and Prof. A. Vogler and culminated in the successful reconstruction of the most densely sampled molecular phylogeny of weevils to date. In addition to traditional taxonomic methods, I am trained in advanced molecular phylogenetics laboratory techniques and in computational bioinformatics analyses of genomic data obtained through contemporary high-throughput sequencing technologies.

I have since worked in diverse academic positions, including as a lecturer and module
organizer in biodiversity, and as a senior research assistant in evolutionary biology in the
laboratory of Prof. M. Gage at UEA studying the effects of sexual selection in a Tribolium model system. My postdoctoral experience has included working as a research scholar at the University of Florida in Dr. J. Hulcr’s group, helping to characterize the fascinating and complicated ambrosia beetle-fungal- bacterial symbiosis using modern molecular methodology.

I am presently a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. D. Rubinoff’s lab at the University
of Hawaiʻi Insect Museum, investigating the diversity, evolution, and conservation of the
native Hawaiian scolytines.
I have always enjoyed fieldwork and have lived on five continents, undertaking field-
research in the Atlantic rainforest, Amazon basin, Brazilian cerrado and caatinga, the
Guyanan shield, tropical and temperate Andes, Patagonia, Central America, North America, the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean, the Arabian Peninsula, tropical and southern Africa, tropical and temperate Asia, the Mediterranean Basin, and across southern Europe.



Conrad P.D.T. Gillett | Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Hawaiʻi Insect Museum
Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, Entomology
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 3050 Maile Way, Room 310
Honolulu, HI, 96822-2231, USA



Peer-reviewed articles
Gillett, C.P.D.T. and I. Barr (in review). A contribution to the scarab dung beetle fauna of Swaziland and Zambia (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae).

Gillett, C.P.D.T., A.J. Johnson, I. Barr, and J. Hulcr (in review; pre-print available).
Metagenomic sequencing of dung beetle intestinal contents directly detects and identifies mammalian fauna. BioRxiv, doi:

Toussaint, E.F.A. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2017). Rekindling Jeannel’s Gondwanan vision? A first glance at the evolution of Carabinae with a focus on Calosoma caterpillar hunter beetles. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 123(1): 191-207.

Gillett, M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2017). New observations on three species of eucraniine dung beetles in Mendoza and San Juan Provinces, Argentina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 71(4): 817-820.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and D. Rubinoff (2017). A second adventive species of pinhole-borer
(Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Platypodinae) on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 49: 51-57.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M.P.T. Gillett (2017). Records of the tiger beetles Cylindera
(Plectographa) apiata apiata (Dejean, 1825) and C. (P.) drakei drakei (Horn, 1892) from
Mendoza Province, Argentina (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae). Cicindela 49(2-3): 37-40

Young, M.T., L. Steel, D. Foffa, S.L. Brusatte, J.J.N. Kitson, C.P.D.T. Gillett, M.A. Bell, R. Allain, and Y. Lepage (pre-print, 2016). An early origin and diversification of macrophagous metriorhynchid crocodylomorphs, with evidence for multiple instances of parallel evolution. PeerJ, doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.1345v1.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M.P.T. Gillett (2015). The Dynastinae of the island of Saba, Dutch
Caribbean (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Insecta Mundi 0433: 1-9.

Linard, B., A. Crampton-Platt, C.P.D.T. Gillett, M.J.T.N Timmermans, and A.P. Vogler (2015). Metagenome skimming of insect specimen pools: potential for comparative genomics. Genome Biology and Evolution 7(6): 1474-1489, doi: 10.1093/gbe/evv086.

Gillett C.P.D.T., A. Crampton-Platt, M.J.T.N Timmermans, B.H. Jordal, B.C. Emerson, and A.P. Vogler (2014). Bulk de novo mitogenome assembly from pooled total DNA elucidates the phylogeny of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea). Molecular Biology and Evolution 31(8): 2223-2237, doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu154

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and R. Preziosi (2010). A new record and locality for the Neotropical scarab beetle Ontherus compressicornis Luederwaldt, 1931 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Lambillionea 110(1): 88-90.

Gillett, C.P.D.T., M.P.T. Gillett, J.E.D.T. Gillett and F.Z. Vaz-de- Mello (2010). Diversity and distribution of the scarab beetle tribe Phanaeini in the northern states of the Brazilian Northeast (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Insecta Mundi 0118:1-19.

Gillett, C.P.D.T., A. Drumont and Y. Ponchel (2010). The rare rhinoceros beetle Ceratophileurus lemoulti Ohaus, 1911 in French Guiana and Suriname (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidea: Dynastinae: Phileurini). Zookeys 34: 193-198.

Noriega, J.A., C.P.D.T. Gillett, A. Sandoval-Mojica, J.I. Blanco, L.C. Pardo, G. Valencia and A. Santibáñez (2009). New records and distributional range extension for Phanaeus haroldi Kirsch, 1871 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): A consolidation of biological and biogeographic information. Lambillionea 109(4):403-414.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). A new country record for Chrysina (Plusiotis) diversa Ohaus, 1912 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) in Central America. Insecta Mundi 0108: 1-3.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). New records of dynastine scarab beetles in the tribes Oryctini,
Agaocephalini and Dynastini from Cayo district, Belize (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Insecta Mundi 0099: 1-9.

Gillett, M.P.T and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2009). Confirmation of the occurrence of Temnorhynchus baal Reiche & Saulcy on the island of Naxos, Greece (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Lambillionea 109(2):198-199.

Gillett, C.P.D.T, W.D. Edmonds and S. Villamarin (2009). Distribution and biology of the rare scarab beetle Megatharsis buckleyi Waterhouse, 1891 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae: Phanaeini). Insecta Mundi 0080: 1-8.

Moravec, J. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2009). Annotated list of specimens of Madagascan Cicindelidae deposited in The Natural History Museum London. Folia Heyrovskyana, series A 16(4): 131-154.

Gillett, M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2009). Cleridae of the United Arab Emirates and Northern Oman. Lambillionea 109(1): 89-94.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). Dichotomius maya Peraza & Deloya, 2006 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae: Coprini) in Belize, a new country record for this Central American dung beetle. Insecta Mundi 0064: 1-4.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M.P.T. Gillett (2008). Bubas bubaloides Janssens, 1938 (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in Europe. Lambillionea 108(4): 529-533.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2007). A new record and locality for Megapenthes lugens (Redtenbacher, 1842) (Elateridae) in Southern England: Silwood Park, Berkshire. The Coleopterist 16(3): 146-148.

Rejzek, M., C.P.D.T. Gillett, A. Drumont and M.P.T. Gillett (2005). On the distribution and biology of the Genus Anthracocentrus Quentin & Villiers, 1983 in the Persian Gulf region (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae, Prioninae). Lambillionea 105(3): 353-369.

Gillett, M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2002). A winter survey of insects and other terrestrial
invertebrates on Marawah Island, Abu Dhabi. Tribulus 12(2): 12-19.

Gillett, M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (1997). A solitary representative of the flower chafer beetles in the Al Ain region: Stalagmosoma albella (Pallas, 1781) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Tribulus 7(1): 22.

Book chapters, newsletter, and magazine articles

Gillett M.P.T. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2005). Insects and other arthropods. In: The Emirates: A Natural History. Hellyer P. and Aspinall S. J. [eds], pp 168-194 and 352-356. Trident Press, London.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and A. Sedláček (2010). Beginner’s Guide: Geotrupidae. Beetle News 2(2): 5- 8.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2010) Surinamese Scarabaeological Sojourn - A Year in the Amazon, Part 2: March-May 2009. Scarabs 56: 1-7.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2010) Surinamese Scarabaeological Sojourn - A Year in the Amazon, Part 1: March-May 2009. Scarabs 55: 1-7.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M. Bunalski. (2009). Beginner’s Guide: Scarabaeidae: Onthophagus. Beetle News 1(2): 7- 11.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). Beautiful Scarabs in the Collection of the Natural History Museum, London. Scarabs 46:4-7.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and M.P.T. Gillett (2009). A very simple and effective trap for necrophagous Scarabaeinae. Scarabs 42: 17-21.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). Some unusual scarabs from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London (BMNH). Scarabs 40: 1-5.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). A passion for French rose chafers: an exceptional site for Cetoniinae in Ardèche, France. Scarabs 36:1-12.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2009). Anonymous contributions gratefully accepted! Scarabs 35: 4-5.

Gillett, C.P.D.T. (2008). Collecting in Belize May/June 2006. Scarabs 29: 1-14
Sturge, H. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2013) Ask the scientist. Wild World 6:10-11 (interview for NHM children’s magazine).

Sturge, H. and C.P.D.T. Gillett (2008). What’s it like to work at the museum? Second Nature 25:19 (interview for NHM children’s magazine).


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