Research Scientist (Insect Biology and Ecology) and Research Director/Manager.
Current research interests are organised under two (interrelated) multidisciplinary programmes focused on:
In recent years my interests have been focused on multidisciplinary approaches at the interface between invertebrate biology and mathematics, fluid dynamics, socio-biology and geography to maintain effective pest management while mitigating risks of environmental damage.
Author of more than 150 books, chapters and scientific papers on both indigenous insects and species of quarantine significance (see "Publications" tab for examples).
Forbes, E, Back, MA, Brooks, A, Petrovskaya, NB, Petrovskii, SV, Pope TW, Walters KFA (2020). Locomotor behaviour promotes stability of the patchy distribution of slugs in arable fields: Tracking the movement of individual Deroceras reticulatum. Pest Management Science 2020; DOI 10.1002/ps.5895
Petrovskaya, NB, Ellis, JR, Forbes, E, Walters, KFA (2020). Modelling a targeted use of pesticide procedure for pest populations with heterogenous spatial distributions. Ecological Modelling 2020; doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2020.109059
Ryder, JT; Cherrill; Prew, R; Shaw, J, Thorbek, P, Walters, KFA (2019). Impact of enhanced Osmia bicornis (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) populations onpollination and fruit quality in commercial sweet cherry (Prunus avium (L.)) orchards. Journal of Apicultural Research 2019; doi./10.1080/00218839.2019.1654062
Petrovskaya, NB; Forbes, E, Petrovskii, SV; Walters, KFA (2018). Towards the development of a more accurate monitoring procedure for invertebrate populations, in the presence of an unknown spatial pattern of population distribution in the field. Insects 2018, 9, 29; doi:10.3390/insects901002
Walters, KFA; Cherrill, A (2018). Can vegetation management be a realistic response to the loss of plant protection products? Bulletin of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management - In Practice 101, 31-35
Walters, KFA; Cherrill, A (2018). Response to declining availability of Plant Protection Products: A central role for vegetation management. Aspects of Applied Biology 139, 103-114.
Forbes, E; Back, M; Brooks, A; Petrovskaya, N; Petrovskii, S; Pope, T; Walters, KFA (2017). Sustainable management of slugs in commercial fields: assessing the potential for targeting control measures. Aspects of Applied Biology 134, 89-96.
Walters, KFA (2016). Neonicotinoids, bees and costs for conservation. Insect Conservation and Diversity 2016, DOI: 10.1111/icad.12177
James, K.L; Randall, N.P; Walters, KFA; Haddaway, N.R; Land, M (2016).Evidence for the effects of neonicotioids used in arable crop production on non-target organisms and concentrations of residues in relevant matrices: a systematic map protocol.Environmental Evidence 5:22 DOI 10.1186/s13750-016-0072-9
Walters, K.F.A. (2016). Lutte intégrée contre les organismes nuisibles – est-ce utile pour le Commerce des Productions Végétales? Countryside 163, 3-4.
Akella, SVS; Kirk, WDJ, Lu, Y; Murai, T, Walters, KFA, Hamilton, JGC (2014). Identification of the aggregation pheromone of the melon thrips, Thrips palmi. Plos One 9(8), e103315. (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103315)
Thompson, HM; Wilkins, S; Harkin, S; Milner, S; Walters. KFA (2014). Neonicotinoids and bumble bees (Bombus terrestris): Effects on nectar consumption in individual workers. Pest Management Science 2014, (DOI: 10.1002/ps.3868)
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