Ashleigh Whiffin – Maggots, Murder & Museums: The Sequel

Ashleigh Whiffin, Assistant Curator of Entomology at National Museums Scotland (NMS) will be back at Edinburgh Skeptics for round two: “Maggots, Murder & Museums: The Sequel”. 

She’ll be sharing her passion for insects, explaining what happens behind the scenes at the museum and why the insect collection is so important, as well as delving deeper into the delights of carrion insects and forensic entomology. 

Ashleigh caught the Entomology buzz when studying for a BSc in Forensic Science, becoming fascinated by carrion insects; the insects attracted to decomposing bodies. She tried to move away from the stench of death and focus on the insects, so completed an MSc in Entomology. However, she couldn’t quite leave the carrion insects behind and worked for a year at the University of Edinburgh as a research technician, studying burying beetles. In 2015, she gained a position at National Museums Scotland, working with the entomology collection. As Assistant Curator of Entomology she is now responsible for looking after approximately 2.2 million insect specimens! This varied job has her doing everything from curating the collection, dealing with public enquiries, assisting researchers and volunteers, conducting fieldwork and hosting outreach events. She can still be found poking around in dead things, searching for beetles to add to the collection.

This event is part of the Edinburgh Science Festival. The event is free and not ticketed. Accepting a Meetup invitation does not guarantee entry. Please get to the Banshee in good time to ensure a seat.