Entomology Department


Senior Museum Scientist and Head of Department

Ashley H. Kirk-Spriggs is a National Museum Staff Member in the Entomology

Ashley H. Kirk-Spriggs M Phil. PhD   

ashley [dot] kirk-spriggs [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

Dipl. App. Ins. Taxon. (Cardiff); M. Phil. (Cardiff), PhD (Rhodes University)

Ashley began his career as an Entomologist in 1986 as Curator of Coleoptera at the National Museum & Gallery of Wales, United Kingdom. He then moved to Namibia where he was the Curator of Entomology at the National Museum of Namibia in Windhoek, also serving as editor of Cimbebasia (Scientific peer-reviewed journal of the National Museum of Namibia) and Cimbebasia Memoirs. He served as National Phytosanitary Consultant for the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) from 2004–2005. In Grahamstown, South Africa, he became Curator of Entomology and Head of Department at the Albany Museum for three years, after which he moved to the National Museum as Curator of Entomology and Head of Department at the end of 2008. Ashley was awarded a PhD by Rhodes University, Grahamstown  in April 2012 for a thesis entitled “A systematic revision of selected genera of Afrotropical Curtonotidae (Diptera: Schizophora: Ephydroidea) – a phylogenetic approach”.

Ashley’s research interests are systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography and evolution of true flies (Diptera), with special emphasis on the Curtonotidae and other Ephydroidea, the immature stages and biology of acalyptrate Diptera in general and biogeography and insect biodiversity projects in southern Africa.

Ashley received a B2 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2015 and is a Research Associate of the National Museum of Namibia, Windhoek.

Ashley has traveled far and wide in the interest of his work. He has extensive field experience in South-east Asia, including three months participation on ‘Project Wallace’ (1985) in Sulawesi, Indonesia, studying rice pests and their natural enemies; field research on rainforest biodiversity and the ecology of dung-inhabiting beetles in Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah) and Brunei (1987, 1991, 1992) and Indonesia (Sulawesi, Ternate, Bacan (1985), Ambon, Kai, Banda & Aru Islands (1994)). He also has extensive field experience in southern African countries, including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Madagascar and Zambia.

Ashley enjoys the films of the 1930s British comedian and music hall star Will Hay (1888–1949), the Goon Show, Asian cookery, Natural History and English literature.

Senior Museum Scientist

Burgert Muller  M.Sc.  burgert [dot] muller [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za

B.Sc Entomology (UFS); M.Sc. Entomology(UFS)

Burgert began his entomology career in 2008 as Senior Research Technician: Natural Sciences at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg. From 2009–2016 he was employed at the same institution as Curator of Entomology, focussing his research on Afrotropical Diptera, specifically Muscidae. During his time at the museum he served as Graphics Editor for the International (and museum) journal African Invertebrates. In 2014 he took over as Managing Editor of African Invertebrates until his departure from the Museum. He still acts as subject editor for the Taxonomy discipline in the journal. He also served as co-facilitator and trainer of Georeferencing workshops for SANBI since 2012.

In 2014 Burgert obtained his Masters degree for a thesis titled: Systematics of the shoot fly subgenus Atherigona s. str. (diptera: muscidae) of South Africa.

Burgert’s research interests are systematics, taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of true flies (Diptera), with special emphasis on Muscidae. He is also interested in Cybertaxonomy and literature mark-up, as well as Collections data quality assessment and use, which includes georeferencing and collections information management.