SCIENCE

Dr JAMES BELL

Project Leader - The Insect Survey

Biointeractions and Crop Protection

BIOGRAPHY

James is a quantitative ecologist and head of the Rothamsted Insect Survey. His research on insect management at landscape scales crosses a range of topics that include climate change, GM crops, pest regulation and effects of human cooperation on insect population dynamics. James has expertise in analysing long-term data, using time series models to derive parameters from the RIS suction- and light-trap networks but also vertical looking radar. Recent research questions include "why are moths declining?", "why do aphid populations suddenly outbreak?" and "what spatial scale is important in understanding population growth and synchrony?". James is co-author, with Phil Wheater and Penny Cook, of the popular book "Practical field ecology: A project guide" (Wiley-Blackwell, London. 392 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0470694282); the second edition is due in 2018. James has a number of ongoing funded projects: 2014-2019 AHDB Consortium (Industry)-Integrated Aphid Advisory Alerts (£512k), as PI; 2016-2019 NERC-The velocity of evolutionary responses of species to ecological change: testing adaptive limits in time and space (£31k), with PI Jane Hill (York); 2017-2020 BBRO (Industry)-Forecasting and monitoring the vectors of virus yellows and their resistance to neonicotinoids (£255k), as co-PI, with Martin Williamson; 2017-2021 BBSRC-National Capability grant (£1.8m), as PI.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
james.bell@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938 313

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        SOCIAL MEDIA

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        ASSOCIATED WEBSITES

        Rothamsted Insect Survey 

        PUBLICATIONS

        Pages

        Strategic programme

        • Smart Crop Protection (SCP)

        Science project

        • Mitigating new threats from virus yellows:monitoring aphid populations and insecticide resistance to maintain control
          Aphid advisory alerts
        • Spatial epidemiology of a vector -borne plant virus: interactions between landscape,hosts,vectors and an emerging disease of potatoes

        PhD project

        • Phylogeography and management of the aphid pest Nasonovia ribisnigri in commercial lettuce crops
        • Investigating the mechanisms behind moth declines: plants, landscape, pollution and climate
        • Nutrient-specific foraging and the role of spiders as aphid predators
        • Modelling the temporal and spatial ecology of the oilseed rape pest Meligethes aeneus; implications for integrated pest management strategies

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 1999 - PhD, Arachnology, MMU, Manchester, UK
        • 1994 - BSc (Hons), 1st, Environmental Management, MMU, Manchester, UK

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        • 2016 - Invited speaker: 'Trophic structure in a changing world: highlighting the movers and shakers in Functional Ecology and the work that is yet to be done' in the session 'Celebrating 30 years of Functional Ecology: What does the future hold?' British Ecological Society, Liverpool 13th December; 
        • 2016 - Session chair and organiser: 'Climate Change Impacts and Insect Population Dynamics', International Congress of Entomology, Florida: 25-30th September; 
        • 2016 - Lead PhD supervisor: 'Investigating the mechanisms behind moth declines: plants, landscape, pollution and climate' Envision DTP PhD lead supervisor for Dan Blumgart
        • 2016 - Co-Supervisor of PhD with Bill Symondson (Cardiff) as lead: 'Nutrient-specific foraging and the role of spiders as aphid predators'. SW DTP for Jordan Cuff (student)
        • 2015 - Head of the Rothamsted Insect Survey
        • 2014 - Session Organiser 'Aphids and their Natural Enemies' ECE, York, August 
        • 2014: Co-chair with Michael Traugott,University of Innsbruck Aphids and their Natural Enemies, European Congress of Entomology, York, 3-8th of August
        • 2014 - Associate Editor of Functional Ecology: ISI Journal Citation Reports Ranking: 2013: 19/140 (Ecology) Impact Factor: 4.86 http://www.functionalecology.org/
        • 2014 - Lead PhD supervisor: 'Modelling the temporal and spatial ecology of the oilseed rape pest Meligethes aeneus; implications for integrated pest management strategies'. Reading Lawes BBSRC DTP with Chris Shortall (student)
        • 2014 - BOU avian-food-webs. Invited speaker: Birds in the entangled bank: advances in food webs theory and practice