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Mr Dominic J.O. Phillips BSc, MSc

Postgraduate research student (INSPIRE)

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Mr Dominic Phillips is a postgraduate research student in both the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Ocean and Earth Science (INSPIRE DTP)

Dominic is an entomologist specialising in moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) with a keen interest in Herpetology. Prior to his PhD project, Dominic frequently volunteered at the Natural History Museum London where he helped to re-pin and sort entomological specimens from a range of orders. From this, he has developed his passion for taxonomic and curatorial work as well as public outreach.

2020-present: PhD Biological Sciences, Southampton, UK.
2018-2019: MSc Entomology, University of Harper Adams, UK.
2015-2018: BSc Zoology with Herpetology, University of Bangor, UK.

Research interests

Tropical Montane Lepidoptera
Insects make up around 90% of the world’s terrestrial animals and recent reports have shown that over 40% of insect species are in decline. This so no different in South East Asia where in Singapore alone 46% of butterfly species have disappeared. Moths, however are relatively  understudied in comparison to their more charismatic cousins, Butterflies, and so projects looking at their decline in South East Asia are lacking. Dominic’s PhD project is based in the tropical montane forests of Penninsular Malaysia. This project will focus in on the variety of factors impacting the Moths inhabiting this unique habitat, investigating the environmental and anthropogenic threats to Malaysian moth biodiversity.

Museum specimens
Aside from his PhD project, Dominic has a vehement interest in the use of museum specimens in scientific study. During his undergraduate and Master’s degrees, Dominic used museum specimens to look at the changes in occupancy of British Lepidoptera since the 1900’s and the main environmental drivers which have pushed these changes. Museum data holds a wealth of untapped data which can help increase our understanding of the natural world.

Research project: Investigating the effects of fragmentation and environmental change on tropical montane moths


Dr Kelvin Peh 
Mr Malcolm Soh
Dr Chong Leong Puan

Funding Agency: INSPIRE DTP

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Research project(s)

Tropical montane forests: investigating the effects of fragmentation and environmental change on montane moths (Lepidoptera)

Membership of:

  • Royal Entomological Society

  • Verrall Association of Entomologists

  • The British Entomological and Natural History Society

  • British Ecological Society
Mr Dominic J.O. Phillips
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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