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Insect Survey Staff

Dr James Bell

Dr James Bell
Head of the Rothamsted Insect Survey

James is a quantitative ecologist with specialist knowledge of time series analyses. He leads National Capability projects on diverse subjects such as aphid forecasting, climate change, spatial ecology and virus vectors and works closely with levy boards, industry and academic partners. His publications are here .

james.bell@rothamsted.ac.uk
@Rothamsted_RIS
Direct Dial: 01582 938313

Dr Ramiro Morales-Hojas

Dr Ramiro Morales-Hojas
Molecular Evolution and Ecology

Ramiro is an evolutionary biologist with an interest in molecular evolution and sytematics in insects. He applies genetic and genomic approaches to understanding evolution of organisms and the influence of ecological factors on their genetic diversity. He also is interested in the genetic basis of vector competence and its evolution in various pest insects.

ramiro.morales-hojas@rothamsted.ac.uk
Direct dial: 01582 938829

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor
Aphid Taxonomist

Mark is responsible for the identification of aphids from the suction-traps and leads the team of entomologists in this endeavour. He maintains an annotated checklist of aphids present in the UK of which there are over 600 species.

mark-s.taylor@rothamsted.ac.uk
Direct dial: 01582 938463

Chris Shortall FRES

Chris Shortall FRES
Ecologist

Chris is an entomologist with considerable expertise. He manages the light-trap network and leads projects associated with moths and the non-aphid fraction of the suction-trap samples. Currently, he is doing a part time PhD on pollen beetles with the University of Reading. Chris writes the RIS Light Trap blog and contributes to the Twitter @Rothamsted_RIS feed. His publications are here.

chris.shortall@rothamsted.ac.uk
Direct dial: 01582 938466

Lynda Alderson

Lynda Alderson
Aphidologist

Lynda is part of the team of expert aphidologists. Additionally, she has responsibility for the group web page and works closely with Paul Verrier on the RIS database.

lynda.alderson@rothamsted.ac.uk
Direct dial: 01582 938465

Tracey Kruger

Tracey Kruger
Aphidologist

Tracey has expertise in the identification of aphids as well as dealing with some of the management of the light-trap network. She is first point of contact for RIS events. Tracey works part-time.

tracey.kruger@rothamsted.ac.uk
Direct dial: 01582 938465

Mike Hall

Mike Hall
Aphidologist and trap servicing

Mike is part of the team of expert aphidologists but importantly is also responsible for trap maintenance across the networks. Mike is often out of the office servicing traps.

mike.hall@rothamsted.ac.uk
Direct dial: 01582 938465

Alex Greenslade

Alex Greenslade
Entomologist

Alex is an entomologist with a wide range of experience but has an in-depth knowledge of beetles. He is currently identifying psyllids and aphids, as well as conducting viral and insecticide resistance bioassays for the RIS.

alex.greenslade@rothamsted.ac.uk
Direct dial: 01582 938465

Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington
Visiting Worker

Richard has been with the Insect Survey since 1979 and retired in May 2015 as Head. He maintains an interest in the impacts of environmental change and aphids. His publications are annotated here

richard.harrington@rothamsted.ac.uk
01582 763133 ext. 2755

Paul Verrier
Lawes Agricultural Trust Fellow

Paul has held many roles at Rothamsted including Head of IT. He retired a few years ago but kindly comes in regularly to develop our new database, which is based on one he developed for the EU EXAMINE project which brought together suction-trap data throughout Europe.

paul.verrier@rothamsted.ac.uk
01582 763133 ext. 2466

Sue Parker
Visiting Worker

Sue retired from the Insect Survey in 2012 after 39 years of service. She continues to come in regularly as a volunteer and provides invaluable help with a range of tasks, especially preparation of reports and presentations.

sue.parker@rothamsted.ac.uk
01582 763133 ext. 2464/2465

National Capability

A national capability is a BBSRC-funded resource intended to benefit the scientific community in general. These can be facilities as well as opensource datasets. 

National Capabilities

Rothamsted Insect Survey

Operates two national networks for monitoring insect populations in the UK

North Wyke Farm Platform

Provides the research community access to a range of in situ state-of-the-art instrumentation in hydrologically isolated fields and farms to better address key issues in sustainable agriculture.

PHI-base

A database of interactions between pathogens and their hosts maintained at Rothamsted Research with international input.

Long-Term Experiments

These have been running since the mid 19th Century, provide a unique experimental system and archive of soil and plant samples.

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