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Ross Cuthbert

 

2016 – Present: Biological mosquito control using multiple predators (Queen’s University Belfast)

2014 – 2016: MSc (Pass with Distinction, Queen’s University Belfast)

2011 – 2014: BSc (First -Class Honours, Queen’s University Belfast)

 

 

Research interests

Climate change, urbanisation and wetland expansions are acting in synergy to alter the population dynamics of mosquitoes, favouring increased proliferations through greater habitat availability. Incursions of invasive mosquito species have additionally stimulated an unprecedented change to the status of pertinent vector-borne diseases. These factors are increasing the risk of disease outbreaks, necessitating the development of control strategies.

Centrally, my research involves the optimisation of biological control approaches for mosquitoes. I am interested in how biotic and abiotic factors modulate the efficiencies of native predators towards target prey, and how the behavioural responses of mosquitoes are affected by predatory cues. The results of this research will assist and augment the development of control strategies for disease vectors.

 

Awards

2016 - 2019: Department for the Economy Studentship

2017: William and Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarship - awarded to support research visit to SAIAB, South Africa

2014-2016: QUB Postgraduate Scholarship

2014: Estyn Evans Prize – awarded by the board of examiners for submitting the highest scoring dissertation

 

Papers published or in press

 

Cuthbert, R.N., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Callaghan, A., Weyl, O.L.F., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Calanoid copepods: an overlooked tool in the control of disease vector mosquitoes. Journal of Medical Entomology, In press.

Wasserman, R.J., Cuthbert, R.N., Alexander, M., Dalu, T. 2018. Shifting interaction strength between estuarine mysid species across a temperature gradient. Marine Environmental Research, In press.

Cuthbert, R.N., Dickey, J.W.E., McMorrow, C., Laverty, C., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Resistance is futile: lack of predator switching and a preference for native prey predict the success of an invasive prey species. Royal Society Open Science, In press.

Cuthbert, R.N., Coughlan, N.E., Crane, K., Caffrey, J.M., MacIsaac, H.J., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. A dip or a dab: assessing the efficacy of Virasure® Aquatic disinfectant to reduce secondary spread of the invasive curly waterweed Lagarosiphon major, Management of Biological Invasions. In press.

Coughlan, N.E., Walsh, D.A., Caffrey, J., Davis, E., Lucy, F. E., Cuthbert, R.N., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Cold as ice: a novel eradication method for invasive Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea, using pelleted dry ice. Management of Biological Invasions, In press.

Coughlan, N.E., Cuthbert, R.N., Kelly, T.C., Jansen, M.A.K. 2018. Parched plants: survival and viability of invasive aquatic macrophytes following exposure to various desiccation regimes. Aquatic Botany, In press.

Cuthbert, R.N., Callaghan, A., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Dye another day: the predatory impact of cyclopoid copepods on larval mosquito Culex pipiens is unaffected by dyed environments. Journal of Vector Ecology, In press.

Cuthbert, R.N., Callaghan, A., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Interspecific variation, habitat complexity and ovipositional responses modulate the efficacy of cyclopoid copepods in disease vector control. Biological Control, 121: 80-87.

Cuthbert, R.N., Dick, J.T.A., Callaghan, A., Dickey, J.W.E. 2018. Biological control agent selection under environmental change using functional responses, abundances and fecundities; the Relative Control Potential (RCP) metric. Biological Control, 121: 50-57.

 

Cuthbert, R.N., Dick, J.T.A., Callaghan, A., Dickey, J.W.E. 2018. Biological control agent selection under environmental change using functional responses, abundances and fecundities; the Relative Control Potential (RCP) metric. Biological Control, 121: 50–57.

Cuthbert, R.N., Callaghan, A., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Interspecific variation, habitat complexity and ovipositional responses modulate the efficacy of cyclopoid copepods in disease vector control. Biological Control, 121: 80–87.

Coughlan, N.E., Cuthbert, R.N., Kelly, T.C., Jansen, M.A.K. 2018. Parched plants: survival and viability of invasive aquatic macrophytes following exposure to various desiccation regimes. Aquatic Botany, 150: 9–15.

Cuthbert, R.N., Dickey, J.W.E., McMorrow, C., Laverty, C., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Resistance is futile: lack of predator switching and a preference for native prey predict the success of an invasive prey species. Royal Society Open Science, 5: 180339.

Cuthbert, R.N., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Callaghan, A., Weyl, O.L.F., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Calanoid copepods: an overlooked tool in the control of disease vector mosquitoes. Journal of Medical Entomology, 55: 1656–1658.

Wasserman, R.J., Cuthbert, R.N., Alexander, M.E., Dalu, T. 2018. Shifting interaction strength between estuarine mysid species across a temperature gradient. Marine Environmental Research, 140: 390–393.

Cuthbert, R.N., Coughlan, N.E., Crane, K., Caffrey, J.M., MacIsaac, H.J., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. A dip or a dab: assessing the efficacy of Virasure® Aquatic disinfectant to reduce secondary spread of the invasive curly waterweed Lagarosiphon major, Management of Biological Invasions, 9: 259–265.

Coughlan, N.E., Walsh, D.A., Caffrey, J., Davis, E., Lucy, F. E., Cuthbert, R.N., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Cold as ice: a novel eradication method for invasive Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea, using pelleted dry ice. Management of Biological Invasions, 9: 463–474.

Cuthbert, R.N., Callaghan, A., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Dye another day: the predatory impact of cyclopoid copepods on larval mosquito Culex pipiens is unaffected by dyed environments. Journal of Vector Ecology, 43: 334–336.

Al-Jaibachi, R., Cuthbert, R.N., Callaghan, A. 2018. Up and away: ontogenic transference as a pathway for aerial dispersal of microplastics. Biology Letters, 14: 20180479.

Cuthbert, R.N., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Coughlan, N.E., Callaghan, A., Weyl, O.L.F., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Muddy waters: Efficacious predation of container-breeding mosquitoes by a newly-described calanoid copepod across differential water clarities. Biological Control, 127: 25–30.

Hoxha, T., Crookes, S., Lejeusne C., Dick, J.T.A., Chang, X., Bouchemousse, S., Cuthbert, R.N., MacIsaac, H.J. 2018. Comparative feeding rates of native and invasive ascidians. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 135: 1067–1071.

Al-Jaibachi, R., Cuthbert, R.N., Callaghan, A. 2018. Examining effects of ontogenic microplastic transference on Culex mosquito mortality and adult weight. Science of the Total Environment, 651: 871–876.

Cuthbert, R.N., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Dick, J.T.A., Mofu, L. Callaghan, A., Weyl, O.L.F. 2018. Intermediate predator naïveté and sex-skewed vulnerability predict the impact of an invasive higher predator. Scientific Reports, 8: 14282.

Dickey, J.W.E., Cuthbert, R.N., Rea, M., Laverty, C., Crane, K., South, J., Briski, E., Chang, X., Coughlan, N.E., MacIsaac, H.J., Ricciardi, A., Riddell, G.E., Xu, M., Dick, J.T.A. 2018. Assessing the relative potential ecological impacts and invasion risks of emerging and future invasive alien species. NeoBiota, 40: 1–24.

Cuthbert, R.N., Al-Jaibachi, R., Dalu, T., Dick, J.T.A., Callaghan, A. 2019. The influence of microplastics on trophic interaction strengths and oviposition preferences of dipterans. Science of the Total Environment, 651: 2420–2423.

Cuthbert, R.N., Callaghan, A., Dick, J.T.A. 2019. The effect of the alternative prey, Paramecium caudatum (Peniculida: Parameciidae), on the predation of Culex pipiens (Diptera: Culicidae) by the copepods Macrocyclops albidus and Megacyclops viridis (Cyclopoida: Cyclopidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, In press.

Cuthbert, R.N., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Weyl, O.L.F., Callaghan, A., Froneman, P.W., Dick, J.T.A. 2019. Sex-skewed trophic impacts in ephemeral wetlands. Freshwater Biology, In press.

Cuthbert, R.N., Dalu, T., Wasserman, R.J., Callaghan, A., Weyl, O.L.F., Dick, J.T.A. 2019. Using functional responses to quantify notonectid predatory impacts across increasingly complex environments. Acta Oecologica, In press.

McSweeney, D., Coughlan, N.E., Cuthbert, R.N., Halton, P., Ivanov, S. 2019. Micro-sonic sensor technology enables enhanced grass height measurement by a Rising Plate Meter. Information Processing in Agriculture, In press.

Crane, K., Cuthbert, R.N., Dick, J.T.A., Kregting, L., MacIsaac, H.J., Coughlan, N.E. 2019. Full steam ahead: direct steam exposure to inhibit spread of invasive aquatic macrophytes. Biological Invasions, In press.

Cuthbert R.N., Crane, K., Dick, J.T.A, Caffrey, J.M., MacIsaac, H.J., Coughlan, N.E. 2019. Die Hard: impact of aquatic disinfectants on the survival and viability of invasive Elodea nuttallii. Aquatic Botany, 154: 11–17.

Coughlan, N.E., Cuthbert, R.N., Dickey, J.W.E., Caffrey, J.M., Lucy, F.E., Davis, E., Dick, J.T.A. 2019. Better biosecurity: spread prevention of the invasive Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea (Müller, 1774). Management of Biological Invasions, In press.

As of January 2019

 

Contact information

Email: rcuthbert03@qub.ac.uk

Room: Queen's University Marine Laboratory, Portaferry – 02004

Contact Information

Queen's University Marine Laboratory (QML)
12-13 The Strand, Portaferry
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 1PF
Phone: +44 (0)28 427 28230
Email: b.curran@qub.ac.uk

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