Research Scientist (Insect Biology and Ecology) and Research Director/Manager.
Current research interests are organised under two (interrelated) multidisciplinary programmes focused on:
- The mitigation of environmental damage caused by chemical pollutants through the establishment of ecotoxicological hazards resulting from, and minimised reliance on, conventional chemical inputs to the agri-environment and their impact on surrounding natural habitats (including the integration of the principles and techniques of functional systems ecology to enhance biodiversity and support development of Integrated Pest Management strategies).
- The biology, impact assessment and response to invasive organisms introduced by the trade and, against a background of climate change, potential damage to both industry and the natural environment.
In recent years my interests have been focused on multidisciplinary approaches at the interface between environmental biology and optical physics, fluid dynamics, electrical engineering, socio-biology and geography to mitigate risks of environmental damage.
Author of more than 135 books, chapters and scientific papers on both indigenous insects and species of quarantine significance (see "Publications" tab for examples).
- Identification of the aggregation pheromone of the melon thrips, Thrips palmi. Plos One (2014). (DOI: 01/2014; 9(8):e103315)
- Neonicotinoids and bumble bees (Bombus terrestris): Effects on nectar consumption in individual workers. Pest Management Science (2014). (DOI: 10.1002/ps.3868)
- Association of Applied Biologists (Organising committee of the AAB IPM and Biocontrol Group 2012 - current date)
- Royal Entomological Society (Vice President 1994/95; Member of Council 1992-95 and 2008-2011; various other leadership roles and responsibilities)
- Society of Biology