Patrick Grootaert, 1st March 2005 – 28th February 2006

Patrick Grootaert, the Head of the Department of Entomology of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, will be hosted by the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research from 1st March 2005 to 28th February 2006 during his sabbatical leave.

Patrick’s research is on the taxonomy, systematics and sexual behaviour of Empidoid flies. He will be studying local and regional fauna during his visit. Currently, he has several papers in the press on Singapore species, and during his sabbatical, he will survey the dolichopodid fly fauna of Singapore in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Pulau Ubin and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Patrick intends to finish a book on Dolichopodid flies of Singapore; of which there are estimated to be about 120 species.

He will be hosted by Tan Heok Hui and Peter Ng

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