Vince Smith (cybertaxonomist)

Vince Smith
Alma materUniversity of Bristol (BSc)
University of Glasgow (PhD)
AwardsBicentenary Medal of the Linnean Society
Ebbe Nielsen Prize
Scientific career
FieldsBiodiversity Informatics
InstitutionsNatural History Museum, London, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Glasgow
ThesisAvian louse phylogeny (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera) (2000)

Vince Smith (Vincent Stuart Smith) is a British entomologist and biodiversity informatician at the Natural History Museum, London.

Education and career[edit]

Smith completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Bristol before completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow specialising on parasitic lice (Phthiraptera). He went on to research host-parasite evolution at the University of Glasgow and then the Illinois Natural History Survey where he helped develop the Biocorder laboratory management software. In 2006 he joined the Natural History Museum, London as a cybertaxonomist, before becoming a Research Leader in Informatics in 2012 (a position he still holds).

Smith was one of the founding editors of the Biodiversity Data Journal and has led several large EU science projects including SYNTHESYS+[1] and ViBRANT.


Smith's current research interest is in the field of biodiversity informatics including work relating to implementing Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG),[2] development of the Museum's Data Portal to make collections available online,[3] as well as methods for digitising museum specimens.[4] Informatics projects for the broader community include development of the Scratchpads virtual research environment and the eMonocot project.[citation needed]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Smith, VS, et al. (2019). "SYNTHESYS+ Abridged Grant Proposal". Research Ideas and Outcomes. 5. doi:10.3897/rio.5.e46404. S2CID 203217185. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  2. ^ Baker, E.; Rycroft, S.D.; Smith, V.S. (2014). "Linking multiple biodiversity informatics platforms with Darwin Core Archives". Biodiversity Data Journal. 2 (2): e1039. doi:10.3897/BDJ.2.e1039. PMC 3964728. PMID 24723785. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  3. ^ Scott, B.; Baker, E.; Woodburn, M.; Vincent, S.; Hardy, H.; Smith, V.S. (2019). "The Natural History Museum Data Portal". Database. 2019: baz038. doi:10.1093/database/baz038. PMC 6459053. PMID 30985890. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  4. ^ Allan, E.; Livermore, L.; Shchedrina, O.; Smith, V.S. (2019). "A Novel Automated Mass Digitisation Workflow for Natural History Microscope Slides". Biodiversity Data Journal. 7: e32342. doi:10.3897/BDJ.7.e32342. PMC 6408422. PMID 30863197. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  5. ^ "15th June 2015: Medal Winners". Linnean Society of London. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Ebbe Nielsen Challenge". Retrieved 30 November 2021.

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