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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.



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


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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

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