Conrad P.D.T. Gillett

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 Contact Info 
Office: Gilmore 603
E-mail: cgillett [at] hawaii [dot] edu

University of Hawai'i Insect Museum
Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, Entomology
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 3050 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI, 96822, USA

Fields of research: Systematics, Evolutionary Biology,
Molecular Biology, Biodiversity, Entomology


Current Status (July 2017-present)

  • University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate


The Natural History Museum, London / University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
 PhD Biomolecular Sciences

The Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, London, United Kingdom
 MSc Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity

King’s College, University of London, United Kingdom
 BSc Biomedical Science


2017-Present: Rubinoff laboratory, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

  • Diversity, distribution, ecology, and systematics of the native Hawaiian bark beetles (Scolytinae)

2016-2017: Hulcr lab, University of Florida

  • Molecular characterisation of bacterial endosymbiont community across bark and ambrosia beetle lineages
  • Detection of vertebrate diversity using high-throughput sequencing of insect intestinal contents

2015-2016: Gage laboratory, University of East Anglia

  • Fitness, and survival-through-time of populations exposed to varying levels of sexual selection using the Tribolium flour beetle model system
  • Detection of triploidy in farmed salmon using genetic tools

2010-2014: Emerson / Vogler laboratories, University of East Anglia / The Natural History Museum, London

  • Molecular phylogenetics of the superfamily Curculionoidea using molecular tools


2017-Present: Curator of Coleoptera. University of Hawaii Insect Museum (UHIM)

2009-2010: Curator of Invertebrates. National Zoological Collections of Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname (NZCS)

2006-2009: Curator of Coleoptera (Caraboidea) and Hymenoptera (Formicidae). Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London, UK (BMNH)

2007-2009: Volunteer Entomologist (part time). Hope Entomological Collections, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, UK (OUMNH)


2014: Lecturer in Biodiversity. School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

2010-2016: Associate Tutor. School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

2007-2016: Undergraduate field-courses taught

  • Tropical biology (year 2) – Ecuador (5 courses: 2007-10, 2015), supervised projects, lectured, marked. University of Manchester, UK.
  • Field ecology (year 2) – Ireland (3 courses: 2011-12, 2014), supervised projects, taught seminars, marked. UEA, Norwich, UK.
  • Conservation, ecology and biodiversity in the tropics (year 2) – Swaziland (2 courses: 2015-16) supervised projects, taught seminars, marked. UEA, Norwich, UK.


Peer-reviewed articles

Gillett, C.P.D.T., C.H. Lyal, A.P. Vogler, and B.C. Emerson. (In review). Statistical evaluation of monophyly in the ‘broad-nosed weevils’ through molecular phylogenetic analysis combining mitogenomic and single-locus sequences (Curculionidae: Entiminae, Cyclominae, and Hyperinae).

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:

Linard, B., A. Crampton-Platt, J. Moriniere, M.J.T.N. Timmermans, C. Andujar, P. Arribas, K. Miller, J. Lipecki, E. Favreau, C. Gomez-Rodriguez, C. Barton, R. Nie, C.P.D.T. Gillett, T. Breeschoten, L. Bocak, and A.P. Vogler. (In review). The utility of shotgun mitogenomics for large-scale phylogenetic analyses of Coleoptera. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

Toussaint, E.F.A. and Gillett, C.P.D.T. (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

Gillett, C.P.D.T. and D. Rubinoff (2017). A second adventive species of pinhole-borer on the Hawaiian Islands of O’ahu and Hawai’i (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Platypodinae). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society

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

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. Gillet, 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 (Plusiotisdiversa 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, newsletters, 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). Scarabeoid species of the day. Scarabs 60: 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)

Publications in the media

Science – ‘Can’t find that rare leopard anywhere? Ask a dung beetle.’

Popular Science – ‘The DNA inside dung beetles' guts could help to identify other animals.’

Grants, bursaries, and awards received

2015  British Ecological Society small research grant 5524/6568, ‘Metagenomic analysis of dung beetle gut contents to measure vertebrate diversity' - £4600

2013  UEA travel grant to attend EMBO course in post genomic phylogenetics, Erice, Italy - £500

2012  NHM travel grant to collect Curculionoidea in China in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences - £10000

2012  UEA travel grant to attend Italian Evolutionary Biology Society (SIBE) workshop on phylogenetic and comparative methods, Modena, Italy - £500

2010  Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering (CASE) PhD studentship - NHM and UEA.

2009  Lloyd David and Carlye Cannon Wattis Foundation internship program for Zoology grant to undertake fieldwork in Suriname (in association with the Denver Museum of Science and Nature) - $1000

2008  Scarabaeinae Research Network (ScarabNet) travel grant to attend 5th annual meeting in New York, USA - £1000

2007  NHM Student’s Association honorary position of Visiting Scholar Associate.

2007  Scarabaeinae Research Network (ScarabNet) travel grant to attend 4th annual meeting in Arizona, USA - £1000

2007  NHM grant to identify and sort to family undetermined Coleoptera specimens

2006  British Airways conservation travel award to undertake MSc fieldwork in Belize - return flights to Mexico/Belize

2006  Imperial College London bursary to undertake MSc fieldwork in Belize - £1000

2005  Imperial College London bursary to study for the MSc Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity - £1500


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