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Alison Haughton

Role(s):
Post Doctoral Research Scientist
Agro Ecology
Harpenden
Summary:
My research interests are driven by my aim to conserve and enhance farmland biodiversity, and its associated benefits, to create more sustainable agro-ecosystems.    I lead pollination ecology research at Rothamsted, where I study i)  the ecology and behaviour of pollinators (bumble and honey-bees, hoverflies and butterflies) in the farmed landscape, and ii) methods to maximise the temporal and spatial availability of forage resources and nesting habitats that will benefit pollinator populations and thus pollination of cultivated crops and wild plants.  Current research includes elucidating differences in nectar and pollen provision in oilseed rape and short rotation coppice willow varieties, understanding links between soil inputs and floral resource, and effect of disease on pollinator movement and resource acquisition.  
Phone:
+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938375
Location:
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Past Projects
Project Leader
  • BBSRC CASE Quota Studentship: Trade-offs between predation and scavenging in generalist predators
  • BBSRC IPA: Honeybee population dynamics: Integrating the effects of factors within the hive and in the landscape
  • BBSRC Quota Studentship: The nutritional importance of different mass-flowering crop varieties as early spring forage for pollinators
  • An integrated model for predicting bumblebee population success and pollination services in agro-ecosystems
  • Understanding the impact of Nosema infection on the flight patterns of forager honey bees
Member
  • Functional biodiversity: mechanisms by which plant and invertebrate communities function in the arable ecosystem
  • BBSRC Quota Studentship: The nutritional importance of different mass-flowering crop varieties as early spring forage for pollinators

Google Scholar H Index:  24, Citations 2507 

 

ResearcherID Web of Knowledge H Index:  20, Citations 1306

 

2016

  • Bohan, D.A. …. Haughton, A.J. (+58 others).  Networking Our Way to Better Ecosystem Service Provision.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31, 105-115.
  • Haughton, A.J., Bohan, D.A., Clark, S.J., Mallott, M.D., Mallott, V., Sage, R. & Karp, A.  Dedicated biomass crops can enhance biodiversity in the arable landscape.  GCB Bioenergy 8, 1071-1081.
  • Wells, T., Wolf, S., Nicholls, E., Groll, H., Lim, K.S., Clark, S.J., Swain, J., Osborne, J.L. & Haughton, A.J*.  Flight performance of actively foraging honey bees is reduced by a common pathogen.  Environmental Microbiology Reports DOI:  10.1111/1758-2229.12434   *corresponding author

 

2015

  • Mulder, C. … Haughton, A.J. (+ 34 others).  10 Years Later: Revisiting Priorities for Science and Society a Decade After the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.  Advances in Ecological Research 53, 1-53.

 

2013

  • Storkey, J., Brooks, D.R., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Smith, B. & Holland, J.  Using functional traits to quantify the value of plant communities to invertebrate ecosystem service providers in arable landscapes.  Journal of Ecology 101, 38-46.
  • Storkey, J., Brooks, D.R., Haughton, A.J., Coleman, K., Milne, A., Whitmore, A.P., Shibu, M.E., Holland, J.M., Smith, B., Goldring, A., Holland, J., Iannetta, P., Norton, L., Smith, J., Smith, M. & Watson C.  Habitat heterogeneity on farmland:  unlocking the potential.  Aspects of Applied Biology 121, 193-197.

 

2012

  • Bohan, D.A. & Haughton, A.J. Effects of local landscape richness on in-field weed metrics across the Great Britain scale.  Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 158, 208-215. 

 

2011

  • Bohan, D.A., Powers, S.J., Champion, G., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Squire, G., Cussans, J. & Mertens, S.K. (2011)  Modelling rotations: can crop sequences explain arable weed seedbank abundance?  Weed Research 51, 422-432.

 

2010

  • Bond, A.J., Dockerty, T., Lovett, A., Riche, A.B., Haughton, A.J., Bohan, D.A., Sage, R.B., Shield, I.F., Finch, J.W. Turner, M.M. & Karp, A.  (2010)  Learning how to deal with values, frames and governance in Sustainability Appraisal.  Regional Studies 45, 1157-1170.
  • Sage, R., Cunningham, M., Haughton, A.J., Mallott, M.D., Bohan, D.A., Riche, A. & Karp, A. (2010)  The environmental impacts of biomass crops: use by birds of miscanthus in summer and winter in southwestern England.  Ibis 152, 487-499.

 

2009

  • Caron-Lormier, G., Bohan, D.A., Hawes, C., Raybould, A., Haughton, A.J. & Humphry, R.W. (2009) How might we model an ecosystem?  Ecological Modelling 220, 1935-1949.
  • Haughton, A.J., Bond, A.J., Lovett, A.A., Dockerty, T., Sünnenberg, G., Clark, S.J., Bohan, D.A., Sage, R.B., Mallott, M.D., Mallott, V.E., Cunningham, M.D., Riche, A.B., Shield, I.F., Finch, J.W., Turner, M.M. & Karp, A. (2009) A novel, integrated approach to assessing social, economic and environmental implications of changing rural land-use: a case study of perennial biomass crops. Journal of Applied Ecology 46, 315-322.
  • Hawes, C., Haughton, A.J., Bohan, D.A. & Squire, G.R. (2009)  Functional approaches for assessing plant and invertebrate abundance patterns in arable systems.  Basic and Applied Ecology 10, 34-42.
  • Karp, A., Haughton, A.J., Bohan, D.A., Lovett, A.A., Bond, A.J., Dockerty, T., Sünnenberg, G., Finch, J.W., Sage, R.B., Appleton, K.J., Riche, A.B., Mallott, M.D., Mallott, V.E., Cunningham, M.D. & Turner, M.M. (2009) Perennial Energy Crops: Implications and Potential. In: M. Winter & M. Lobley (Eds). What is Land For?  The Food, Fuel and Climate Change Debate.  Earthscan, London.

 

2008

  • Haughton, A.J. & Bohan, D.A. (2008) The impacts of novel management on ecosystem dynamics: tales from the UK Farm Scale Evaluations of GMHT crops. GMOs in Integrated Plant Production: IOBC WPRS Bulletin 33, 7-13.
  • Smith, V., Bohan, D.A., Clarke, S.J., Haughton, A.J., Bell., J.R. & Heard, M.S. (2008) Weed and invertebrate community compositions in arable farmland. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 2 (1),21-30.
  • Storkey, J., Bohan, D.A., Haughton, A.J., Champion, G.T., Perry, J.N., Poppy, G.M. & Woiwod, I.P. (2008)  Providing the evidence base for environmental risk assessments of novel farm management practices. Environmental Science and Policy 11, 579-587.

 

2007

  • Bohan, D.A., Hawes, C., Haughton, A.J., Denholm, I., Champion, G.T., Perry, J.N. & Clark, S.J. (2007)  Statistical models to evaluate invertebrate-plant trophic interactions in arable systems. Bulletin of Entomological Research 97, 265-280.
  • Humphry, R.W., Squire, G.R., Hawes, C., Haughton, A.J., Bohan, D.A., Caron-Lormier, G., Raybould, A. & Thorbek, P. (2007) A functional approach to modelling arable biodiversity. Aspects of Applied Biology 81, Delivering Arable Biodiversity, 271-276.
  • Karp, A., Riche, A., Shield, I., Haughton, A., Bohan, D., Lovett, A., Sünnenberg, G., Bond, A., Finch, J., Rosier, P., Turner, M., Farrar, J., Martin, G., Sage, R. & Cunningham, M.  (2007) RELU-Biomass: Social, economic and environmental implications of increasing rural land use under energy crops. Poster presentation at XVI International Plant Protection Congress.

 

2006

  • Firbank, L.G., Rothery, P., May, M.J., Clark, S.J., Scott, R.J., Stuart, R.C., Boffey, C.W.H., Brooks, D.R., Champion, G.T. Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Dewar, A.M., Perry, J.N. & Squire, G.R.  (2006)  Effects of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant cropping systems on weed seedbanks in two years of following crops. Biology Letters 2, 140-143.
  • Gibbons, D.W., Bohan, D.A., Rothery, P., Stuart, R.C., Haughton, A.J., Scott, R.J., Wilson, J.D., Perry, J.N., Clark, S.J., Dawson, R.J.G. & Firbank, L.G. (2006) Weed seed resources for birds in fields with contrasting conventional and genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops.  Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 273, 1921-1928.
  • Heard, M.S., Clark, S.J., Rothery, P., Perry, J.N., Bohan, D.A., Brooks, D.R., Champion, G.T., Dewar, A.M., Hawes, C., Haughton, A.J., May, M.J., Scott, R.J., Stuart, R.S., Squire, G.R. & Firbank, L.G.  (2006) Effects of successive seasons of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant maize cropping on weeds and invertebrates. Annals of Applied Biology 149, 249-254.
  • Squire, G.R., Hawes, C., Bohan, D.A., Brooks, D.R., Champion, G.T., Firbank, L.G., Haughton, A.J., Heard, M.S., May, M.S., Perry, J.N. & Young, M.W. (2006)  Biodiversity effects of the management associated with GM cropping systems in the UK.  Final report of Defra Project EPG 1/5/198 A review of research into the effects of farmland biodiversity on the management associated with genetically modified cropping systems. Defra, London.

 

2005

  • Bohan, D.A., Boffey, C.W.H., Brooks, D.R., Clark, S.J., Dewar, A.M., Firbank, L.G., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., May, M.J., Osborne, J.L., Perry, J.N., Rothery, P., Roy, D.B., Scott, R.J., Squire, G.R., Woiwod, I.P. & Champion, G.T. (2005) Effects on weed and invertebrate abundance and diversity of herbicide management in genetically modified herbicide-tolerant winter-sown oilseed rape. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 272 (1562), 463-474.
  • Brooks, D.R., Clark, S.J., Perry, J.N., Bohan, D.A., Champion, G.T., Firbank, L.G., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S. & Woiwod, I.P.  (2005) Invertebrate biodiversity in maize following withdrawal of triazine herbicides. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 272 (1571), 1497- 1502.

 

2003

  • Brooks, D.R., Bohan, D.A., Champion, G.T., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Clark, S.J., Dewar, A.M., Firbank, L.G., Perry, J.N., Rothery, P., Scott, R.J., Woiwod, I.P., Birchall, C., Skellern, M.P., Walker, J.H., Baker, P., Bell, D., Browne, E.L., Dewar, A.J.G., Fairfax, C.M., Garner, B.H., Haylock, L.A., Horne, S.L., Hulmes, S.E., Mason, N.S., Norton, L.R., Nuttall, P., Randle, Z., Rossall, M.J., Sands, R.J.N., Singer, E.J., & Walker, M.J. (2003) Invertebrate responses to the management of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant and conventional crops. I. Soil-surface-active invertebrates. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. 358, 1847-1862.
  • Champion, G.T., May, M.J., Bennett, S., Brooks, D.R., Clark, S.J., Daniels, R.E., Firbank, L.G., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Perry, J.N., Randle, Z., Rossall, M.J., Rothery, P., Skellern, M.P., Scott, R.J. & Squire, G.R. & Thomas, M.R. (2003) Crop management and agronomic context of the Farm Scale Evaluations of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc.B. 358, 1801-1818.
  • Firbank, L.G., Heard, M.S., Woiwod, I.P., Hawes, C., Haughton, A.J., Champion, G.T., Scott, R.J., Hill, M.O., Dewar, A.M., Squire, G.R., May, M.J., Brooks, D.R., Bohan, D.A., Daniels, R.E., Osborne, J.L., Roy, D.B., Black, H.I.J., Rothery, P. & Perry, J.N. (2003) An introduction to the Farm-Scale Evaluations of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops. Journal of Applied Ecology 40, 2-16.
  • Firbank, L.G., Perry, J.N., Squire, G.R., Bohan, D.A., Brooks, D.R., Champion, G.T., Clark, S.J., Daniels, R.E., Dewar, A.M., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Hill, M.O., May, M.J., Osborne, J.L., Rothery, P., Roy, D.B., Scott, R.J., Woiwod, I.P. (2003) The implications of spring-sown genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops for farmland biodiversity: A commentary on the Farm Scale Evaluations of Spring Sown Crops. ISBN 0-85521-036-2
  • Haughton, A.J., Champion, G.T., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Brooks, D.R. Bohan, D.A., Clark, S.J., Dewar, A.M., Firbank, L.G., Osborne, J.L., Perry, J.N., Rothery, P., Roy, D.B., Scott, R.J., Woiwod, I.P., Birchall, C., Skellern, M.P., Walker, J.H., Baker, P., Browne, E.L., Dewar, A.J.G., Garner, B.H., Haylock, L.A., Horne, S.L., Mason, N.S., Sands, R.J.N. & Walker, M.J. (2003) Invertebrate responses to the management of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant and conventional crops. II. Within-field epigeal and aerial arthropods. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. 358,1863-1878.
  • Hawes, C., Haughton, A.J., Osborne, J.L., Roy, D.B., Clark, S.J., Perry, J.N., Rothery, P., Bohan, D.A., Brooks, D.R., Champion, G.T., Dewar, A.M., Heard, M.S., Woiwod, I.P., Daniels, R.E., Young, M.W., Parish, A.M., Scott, R.J., Firbank, L.G. & Squire, G.R. (2003) Responses of plants and invertebrate trophic groups to contrasting herbicide regimes in the Farm Scale Evaluations of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. 358, 1899-1913.
  • Heard, M.S., Hawes, C., Champion, G.T., Clark, S.J., Firbank, L.G., Haughton, A.J., Parish, A.M., Perry, J.N., Rothery, P., Scott, R.J., Skellern, M.P., Squire, G.R. & Hill, M.O. (2003) Weeds in fields with contrasting conventional and genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops. I.  Effects on abundance and diversity. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. 358, 1819-1832.
  • Heard, M.S., Hawes, C., Champion, G.T., Clark, S.J., Firbank, L.G., Haughton, A.J., Parish, A.M., Perry, J.N., Rothery, P., Scott, R.J., Skellern, M.P., Squire, G.R. & Hill, M.O. (2003) Weeds in fields with contrasting conventional and genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops. II. The effects on individual species. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. 358, 1833-1846.
  • Roy, D.R. Bohan, D.A., Haughton, A.J., Hill, M.O., Osborne, J.L., Clark, S.J., Perry, J.N., Rothery, P., Scott, R.J., Brooks, D.R., Champion, G.T., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Firbank, L.G. (2003) Invertebrates and vegetation of field margins adjacent to crops subject to contrasting herbicide regimes in the Farm Scale Evaluations of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. 358, 1879-1898.
  • Squire, GR., Brooks, D.R., Bohan, D.A., Champion, G.T., Daniels, R.E., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Hill, M.O., May, M.J., Osborne, J.L., Perry, J.N., Roy, D.B., Woiwod, I.P. & Firbank, L.G. (2003) On the rationale and interpretation of the Farm Scale Evaluations of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. 358, 1779-1799.

 

2002

  • Bell, J.R., Haughton, A.J., Boatman, N.D. & Wilcox, A. (2002) Do incremental increases of the herbicide glyphosate have indirect consequences for spider communities? Journal of Arachnology 30, 288-297.
  • Bell, J.R., Johnson, P.J., Hambler, C., Haughton, A.J., Smith, H., Feber, R.E., Tattersall, F.H., Hart, B.H., Manley, W. & Macdonald, D.W. (2002) Manipulating the abundance of Lepthyphantes tenuis (Araneae:  Linyphiidae) by field margin management. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 93, 295-304.

 

2001

  • Firbank, L., Brooks, D, Champion, G., Haughton, A., Hawes, C., Heard, M. & Scott, R. (2001)The Farm Scale Evaluations of herbicide tolerant genetically-modified crops in Great Britain. LMOs and the Environment: Proceedings of an International Conference ( Ed C.R. Roseland). Pp 197-206. OECD, Paris. ISBN 92-64-10171-3
  • Haughton, A.J., Bell, J.R., Boatman, N.D. & Wilcox, A. (2001) The effect of the herbicide glyphosate on non-target spiders. II. Indirect effects on Lepthyphantes tenuis in field margins. Pest Management Science 57, 1037-1042.
  • Haughton, A.J., Bell, J.R., Wilcox, A. & Boatman, N.D. (2001) The effect of the herbicide glyphosate on non-target spiders. I. Direct effects on Lepthyphantes tenuis under laboratory conditions. Pest Management Science 57, 1033-1036.

 

2000

  • Woiwod, I. P., Dewar, A. M., Haughton, A., Hawes, C. & Heard, M.S. (2000) UK field-scale trials of GM herbicide tolerant crops to detect the environmental effects on invertebrate abundance and biodiversity. In XXI International Congress of Entomology, vol. 1 (ed. D. L. Gazzoni), pp. 314. Foz do Iguassu, Brazil: Embrapa.

 

1999

  • Bell, J.R., Gates, S., Haughton, A.J., Macdonald, D.W. Smith, H., Wheater, C.P. & Cullen, W.R. (1999) Pseudoscorpions in field margins: effects of margin age, management and boundary habitats. Journal of Arachnology 27, 236-240.
  • Bell, J.R., Haughton, A.J. & Boatman, N.D. (1999) Pseudoscorpions in field margins revisited: the population structure and effects of the herbicide glyphosate on Chthonius ischnocheles. Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society 86, 6-7.
  • Haughton, A.J., Bell, J.R., Boatman, N.D. & Wilcox, A. (1999)The effects of different rates of the herbicide glyphosate on spiders in arable field margins. Journal of Arachnology 27, 249-254.
  • Haughton, A.J., Bell, J.R., Gates, S., Johnson, P.J., Macdonald, D.W., Tattersall, F.H. & Hart, B.H. (1999)  Methods of increasing invertebrate abundance within field margins. Aspects of Applied Biology 54, 163-170.
  • Haughton, A.J., Wilcox, A., Chaney, K. & Boatman, N.D. (1999)The effects of different rates of glyphosate on non-target invertebrate in field margins. Aspects of Applied Biology 54, 185-190.

 

1998

  • Bell, J.R., Haughton, A.J., Cullen, W.R., Wheater, C.P. (1998)The zonation and ecology of a sand-dune spider community. In: P.A. Selden (Ed). Proceedings of the 17th European Colloquium of Arachnology, Edinburgh, 1997.  BAS, Burnham Beeches, Bucks. pp261-266.
  • Haughton, A. & Bell, J. (1998) Armdillidium album (Dollfus 1877) (Isopoda) on the Sefton Coast - implications for conservation. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, 11
  • Haughton, A.J., Wilcox, A., Chaney, K., Cooper, S.E. & Boatman, N.D.  (1998) Spray drift in field margins: The effect of width of buffer strip and plant species on the interception of spray drift. BCPC - Pests and Diseases 1, 285-290.

 

1996

  • Haughton, A.J. & Bell, J. (1996) Graptopeltus lynceus (F.) (Hem., Lygaeidae) in north-west England. Entomologists' Monthly Magazine 132, 16.

 

1995

  • Bell, J. & Haughton, A.J. (1995) The autecology of some spider species on the Sefton Coast sand dune system. Newsletter of the British Arachnological Society 73, 3-4.

 

Unpublished Reports

 

Bell, J., Cullen, R., Haughton A., Kirby, P., Smith, E., Vasey, C. & Wheater, P. (1999). The invertebrate fauna of the short-grazed limestone grasslands of the White Peak (NVC: CG2). Report submitted to English Nature and landowners of the White Peak.

 

Firbank, L., Brooks, D, Champion, G., Haughton, A., Hawes, C., Heard, M. & Scott, R. (in press): The Farm Scale Evaluations of herbicide tolerant genetically-modified crops in Great Britain. Proceedings of the OECD meeting LMOs and the Environment.

 

Qualifications

Measures of esteem

2011

  • invitation to speak at 2011 European Ecological Federation Congress in Spain: Growing dedicated biomass crops on arable land: a win-win scenario?
  • The Nutritional Importance of different Mass-Flowering Crop Varieties as early Spring Forage for Pollinators: AJH devised the studentship; collaborating with Geri Wright at Newcastle University; Juliet Osborne and Sam Cook.

2010

  • referee for Journal of Applied Ecology
  • referee for Global Change Biology Bioenergy
  • Scientific Advisor: invited to workshop on biofuels research (policy and research needs) organised by the Chief Scientific Advisors of Defra, DfT, DECC & DfID

2009

  • Advisor: scientific advisor for the RHS Plants for Bugs project

2008

  • International Congress of Entomology, Durban, South Africa: Using insects in an integrated, novel approach to land-use planning: A case study of bioenergy crops

2007

  • Keynote Speaker: Tales from the UK Farm Scale Evaluations of GMHT Crops: impacts of novel management on ecosystem dynamics. Invited Keynote Presentation to IOBC/WPRS Working Group, GMOs in Integrated Plant Production: Ecological Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms, 23-25 May 2007, Warsaw, Poland.

2006

  • referee for Crop Protection
  • referee for Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
  • referee for Bulletin of Entomological Research
  • referee for Journal of Pest Science
  • referee for Restoration Ecology
  • referee for BioEnergy Research
  • referee for Journal of Insect Conservation
  • referee for CABI Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Reseources
  • Predation and scavenging by the generalist predator Pterostichus melanarius: Co-supervision of Adam Powell, with University of Cardiff

2004

  • Advisor: Invited to attend and comment on Defra Horizon Scanning - biomass crops Invited to Natural England internal meeting Energy Crops Scheme