Daniel Holloway was born in Epsom, England, in
1945. He was educated at Bryanston School, then Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he took both his first
degree (Natural Sciences Tripos) and his doctorate, the thesis for the latter
being on the application of numerical methods of analysis to biogeographic
had extensive experience collecting Lepidoptera in the region: three months on
an expedition to Mount Kinabalu in 1965, and five months in New Caledonia and Norfolk Island
in 1971. From then until 1978 he worked on the results of this work, publishing
three books and numerous papers. In 1978 he joined the Royal Geographic Society
– Sarawak Government Expedition and Survey of Mount Mulu National Park,
spending five months there working on the Lepidoptera. This material, that from
the Kinabalu expedition, and samples made in Brunei over several years by Col.
M.G. Allen and others form the foundation for this series on Bornean moths.
he made two visits to northern Sulawesi as
Director of the Diversity and Conservation Programme of Project Wallace, the
Royal Entomological Society of London and Indonesian Institute of Sciences
Commemorative Expedition. In 1987 he visited Seram in the Moluccas
as a participant in the Operation Raleigh expedition to that island. His
quantitative samples of moths from most major habitat types will provide
material for a treatment of these faunas comparable to this Bornean series.
employed as a specialist on macrolepidoptera with the International Institute
of Entomology (an Institute
of CAB INTERNATIONAL, now
absorbed in part into CABI Bioscience) Identification Service through
1978-1996. Since early “retirement” in 1996, he has been working full-time on The Moths of
Borneo, but continues also to publish on a range of topics in the
fields of biodiversity and biogeography. He has co-edited with the geologist
Robert Hall a book on Biogeography and the Geological Evolution of SE Asia, published by
Backhuys. He has recently led a team producing The families of
Malesian moths and butterflies, the third Handbook of the Fauna
Malesiana series, published by Brill.
supervise two Malaysian postgraduate students who undertook moth sampling
projects in forest ecosystems, and his collaboration with them continues. He
has advised a number of other Malaysian and Indonesian students with moth
sampling projects, and has assisted with curation and identification of moths
in major reference collections in South-east Asia
and, most recently, with identifications for an illustrated checklist of the
Noctuidae of Thailand.
married Phillipa Goninan in 1981. She has produced typescripts for most of the
series and camera-ready copy for the last eight parts.
he was awarded the Karl Jordan Medal of The Lepidopterists’ Society, in part
for his work on this series.