FNZ 61 - Lucanidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) - Contributor notes
Holloway, BA 2007. Lucanidae (Insecta: Coleoptera). Fauna of New Zealand 61, 254 pages.
( ISSN 0111-5383 (print), ; no. 61. ISBN 978-0-478-09395-7 (print) ). Published 21 Nov 2007
Contributor Beverley Anne Holloway was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand in October 1931 and received her early education at Stokes Valley School and Wellington Girls’ College. In 1952, with a BSc from the University of New Zealand in Wellington, she joined the staff of the Dominion Museum, now Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, as the Assistant Entomologist. While there she attended the University as a part-time student and was admitted to the degree of MSc with First Class Honours in Zoology in 1954. A Fulbright Grant awarded in 1955 paid her return travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA where she spent 3 years at the Harvard Biological Laboratories working on a Ph.D. in Biology, conferred in 1959. While at Harvard she was elected to The Society of the Sigma Xi and to Phi Beta Kappa. On her return to New Zealand Beverley was appointed Entomologist at the Dominion Museum, a position she held until joining the DSIR Entomology Division in Nelson in 1962. In 1963 she took a 10 year break from paid research to be a full-time mother maintaining her interest in Lucanidae and Anthribidae at a hobby level. She joined the Systematics Section of DSIR in Auckland in 1974 to work on Diptera and her research on Coleoptera was put on hold until 1981 when she was asked to prepare a volume on Anthribidae for the Fauna of New Zealand series. In 1990 she was awarded a New Zealand Commemoration Medal for services to New Zealand as a scientist. Shortly before her retirement in 1991 she put plans in place to prepare an updated volume on Lucanidae for the Fauna series, the earlier revision based on her Ph.D. thesis having been published in 1961. The present volume is the result of research carried out at home as a hobby that had to fit in with family commitments and domesticity. Beverley has a special interest in the configurations of the male and female genitalia of Lucanidae and Anthribidae, particularly their importance as indicators of genera. She is married to weevil specialist Willy Kuschel and they have 2 daughters and a son, and 4 grandchildren.