School of GeoSciences

Quaternary Entomology Lab

The facility supports teaching and research, as well as processing fossil insects and other palaeoecological material.

Photograph showing a dirt sample under a stereomicroscope. A gloved hand can be seen inspecting the sample with a small brush.

Quaternary entomology is the study of fossil insects, preserved in natural or archaeological sediments, in order to reconstruct past environments and climate. 

The research which takes place in the Quaternary entomology laboratory involves the study of fossil insects and other invertebrates and compatible palaeoecological research. 

The facility also hosts the Osborne Insect Collection which consists of over 10,000 beetle specimens.


Contact and location


The Quaternary Entomology/Palaeoecology lab and processing facility is located in the basement of the Institute of Geography building, University of Edinburgh.  It is in central Edinburgh, within the historic Old Town and close to Old College.

Address: Rooms 1.01 and 1.03 Institute of Geography, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, 1 Drummond St, Edinburgh EH8 9XP  

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For more information, please contact the Facility Manager: 

Dr Eva Panagiotakopulu Senior Lecturer

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The Osborne Insect Collection

The collection consists of over 10,000 specimens of beetles.