MRes Entomology, Imperial College London (2010)
BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Glasgow (2006)
Supervisor: Dr Matt Tinsley
Start Date: 1st October 2013
3A135, Cottrell Building
Biological & Environmental Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA
The impact of natural enemies on the invasive harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) in the UK: testing the ability of parasites to adapt to a novel host
The harlequin ladybird is native to Asia but has been introduced in Europe and North America over several years as a biocontrol agent of aphids. Although not intentionally introduced in the UK, the harlequin arrived here in 2003 and has since established across much of lowland England. As a voracious predator, the harlequin has caused a decline in some native ladybird species through direct competition for food and resources, as well as intra-guild predation. The harlequin ladybird is now the most common species of ladybird in many areas of Southern England.
This NERC funded PhD will investigate the role natural enemies of ladybirds in shaping the UK harlequin ladybird invasion and test the ability of parasitoids to adapt to this ladybird as a novel host.