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Penelope Whitehorn

Dr. Penelope Whitehorn

PostDoc
group: Land Use Change
room: 258
phone: +49 8821 183 283
fax: +49 8821 735 73
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Research Interests

  • Distribution, abundance and health of bumblebees and other pollinators under changing environmental conditions, including land use change
  • The effects of agricultural pesticides (particularly neonicotinoids) and their role in the population declines of bumblebees and other beneficial invertebrates
  • Anthropogenic impacts on international biodiversity and ecosystem services

 

Résumé

Employment

since 6/2017 Researcher within the Land Use Change group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
2013-2017 Research Fellow in Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland
2011-2012 Terrestrial Ecologist, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling, Scotland
2011-2011 Postdoctoral Researcher in Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland
2007-2011 PhD student in Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland
2007-2007 Ecologist for RPS Group Plc, UK
2005-2006 Research Officer for Society of Environmental Exploration (Frontier-Tanzania), Tanzania

Education

2/2013 PhD in Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland
  Title of Ph.D. Thesis: "The impacts of inbreeding and parasitism on bumblebees"
11/2008 Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland
11/2008 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. with Honours) in Zoology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Peer-reviewed publications

Ellis, C., Park, K.J., Whitehorn, P.R., David, A. & Goulson, D. (2017). The neonicotinoid insecticide thiacloprid impacts upon bumblebee colony development under field conditions. Environmental Science & Technology. 51: 1727–1732.
Scriven, J.J., Whitehorn, P.R., Goulson, D. & Tinsley, M.C. (2016). Bergmann’s body size rule operates in facultatively endothermic insects: Evidence from a complex of cryptic bumblebee species, PLoS ONE, 11 (10), Art. No.: e0163307.
Cook, N., Green, J., Shuker, D.M. & Whitehorn, P.R. (2016). Exposure to the neonicotinoid imidacloprid disrupts sex allocation cue use during superparasitism in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Ecological Entomology 41: 693-697.
Morgan, T., Whitehorn, P. R., Lye, G. C. and Vallejo-Marín. M. (2016). Floral sonication is an innate behaviour in bumblebees that can be fine-tuned with experience in manipulating flowers. Journal of Insect Behavior 29: 233-241 doi: 10.1007/s10905-016-9553-5
Scriven, J. J., Whitehorn, P. R., Goulson, D. & Tinsley, M.C. (2016) Niche partitioning in a sympatric cryptic species complex. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1965
Whitehorn, P. R., Cook, N., Blackburn, C. V., Gill, S., Green, J. & Shuker, D. M. (2015) Sex allocation theory reveals a hidden cost of neonicotinoid exposure in a parasitoid wasp. Proc. R. Soc. B 282: 20150389.
Simon-Delso, N., Amaral-Rogers, V., Belzunces, L. P., Bonmatin, J-M., Chagnon, M., Downs, C., Furlan, L., Gibbons, D. W., Giorio, C., Girolami, V., Goulson, D., Kreutzweiser, D.P., Krupke, C.H., Liess, M., Long, E., McField, M., Mineau, P., Mitchell, E. A. D., Morrissey, C. A., Noome, D. A., Pisa, L., Settele, J., Stark, J. D., Tapparo, A., Van Dyck, H., Van Praagh, J., Van der Sluijs, J. P., Whitehorn, P. R. & Wiemers, M., (2015) Systemic insecticides (Neonicotinoids and fipronil): Trends, uses, mode of action and metabolites Environ Sci Pollut Res 22: 5-34
Van Der Sluijs, J. P., Amaral-Rogers, V., Belzunces, L.P., Bijleveld Van Lexmond, M.F.I.J., Bonmatin, J-M., Chagnon, M., Downs, C.A., Furlan, L., Gibbons, D.W., Giorio, C., Girolami, V., Goulson, D., Kreutzweiser, D.P., Krupke, C., Liess, M., Long, E., McField, M., Mineau, P., Mitchell, E.A.D., Morrissey, C.A., Noome, D.A., Pisa, L., Settele, J., Simon-Delso, N., Stark, J.D., Tapparo, A., Van Dyck, H., Van Praagh, J., Whitehorn, P. R. & Wiemers, M. (2015) Conclusions of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment on the risks of neonicotinoids and fipronil to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Environ Sci Pollut Res 22: 148–154
Whitehorn, P. R., Tinsley, M.C., Brown, M.J.F., Darvill, B. & Goulson, D. (2014) Genetic diversity and parasite prevalence in two species of bumblebee. Journal of Insect Conservation 18: 667 – 673.
Whitehorn, P. R., Tinsley, M.C., Brown, M.J.F. & Goulson, D. (2013) Investigating the impact of deploying commercial Bombus terrestris for crop pollination on pathogen dynamics in wild bumblebees. Journal of Apicultural Research 52(3): 149-157.
Whitehorn, P. R., O’Connor, S., Wackers, F. & Goulson, D. (2012). Neonicotinoid pesticide reduces bumble bee colony growth and queen production. Science 336: 351.
Goulson, D., Whitehorn, P. R. & Fowley, M. (2012) Influence of urbanisation on the prevalence of protozoan parasites of bumblebees. Ecological Entomology 37: 83-89.
Whitehorn, P. R., Tinsley, M.C., Brown, M.J.F., Darvill, B. & Goulson, D. (2011). Genetic diversity, parasite prevalence and immunity in wild bumblebees. Proc. R. Soc. B 278: 1195-1202.
Whitehorn, P. R., Tinsley, M.C. & Goulson, D. (2009). Kin recognition and inbreeding reluctance in bumblebees. Apidologie 40 (6): 627-633.
Whitehorn, P. R., Tinsley, M.C., Brown, M.J.F., Darvill, B. & Goulson, D. (2009). Impacts of inbreeding on bumblebee colony fitness under field conditions. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 152.
Shuker, D.M., Reece, S.E., Whitehorn, P.R. & West, S.A. (2004). Sib-mating does not lead to facultative sex ration adjustment in the parasitoid wasp, Nasonia vitripennis. Evolutionary Ecology Research 6 (3): 473: 480.