About me


Eulàlia Gassó Miracle, Curator of butterflies at Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Leiden, The Netherlands)

My passions are Natural History collections and their history; old fashioned, dusty and misterious as it may sound. I take pride and delight in taking care of one of the most complete and old collections of the world, the butterfly collection of Naturalis Biodiversity Center. I am also working on the history of early 19th century natural history, more precisely, on pre-darwininan zoology.

I studied Biology in Barcelona, Spain. After moving to The Netherlands I started working at Naturalis, first with the mite collection for a year until a position as collection manager of the reptiles and amphibians became available. After two years in the department of vertebrates, I returned to the arthropods. I was in charge of the beetle collection until 2014, when I became the curator of the butterfly collection. While working with such old and beautiful collections, it is inevitable to grow an interest in their history. So I am currently doing my PhD research on a key person of the museum history: C.J. Temminck (1778-1858), its founder and first director.

You can find more about me, my work and my publications on my personal page at Naturalis and on LinkedIn.


A peek in the butterfly collection. Naturalis Biodiversity Center, 2015.


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