Andrew Whittington

Dr Andrew Whittington

  • 01202 965672
  • awhittington at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science
  • Christchurch House C134, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

Dr Whittington joined the staff of Bournemouth University (BU) in June 2015, as a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science.

As a trained taxonomist, Entomologist and Dipterist, he moved laterally from Museum Curator to consultancy work, including Forensic Entomology, using expert identification skills to create a private company. During this time he developed and delivered an on-line course in Forensic Entomology followed by Applied Statistics for Data Analysis for the Global Forensic Education (GFE) network.

Primarily a Forensic Entomologist, Andrew's interests range over a broad selection of subjects including postmortem interval, entomotoxicology, insects as bio-weapons, Diptera taxonomy, pollination biology and insects as extremeophiles.

Research

The main focus of Andrew’s research is on aspects of Forensic Entomology and Diptera taxonomy. The former concentrates on applied aspects of Diptera (fly) behavioural biology, mainly seeking to better understand the use of flies in estimation of Post Mortem Interval, but also looking at broader aspects of forensic fly biology and criminal investigation. This research focus is generally developed in a European context, but also has strong ties with on-going research in Queensland, Australia and southern Africa. In addition research is being developed in two areas: Entomotoxicology and insects associated with human burial. The former seeks to understand the effects of drugs on insect development and the ability to quantify those drugs from insect which have fed on such drugs.

Favourites

  • Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N., Mougal, J., Whittington, A.E., Valentin, T., Gabriel, R., Olesen, J.M. and Blüthgen, N., 2017. Ecosystem restoration strengthens pollination network resilience and function. Nature, 542 (7640), 223-227.
  • Farrell, J.F., Whittington, A.E. and Zalucki, M.P., 2015. A review of necrophagous insects colonising human and animal cadavers in south-east Queensland, Australia. FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 257, 149-154.
  • Farrell, J., Whittington, A.E. and Zalucki, M., 2015. Carrion Café – using insects to determine post mortem intervals in Queensland, Australia. In: 12th meeting of the European Association for Forensic Entomology 6-9 May 2015 University of Huddersfield. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield, 1-69.

Journal Articles

  • Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N., Mougal, J., Whittington, A.E., Valentin, T., Gabriel, R., Olesen, J.M. and Blüthgen, N., 2017. Ecosystem restoration strengthens pollination network resilience and function. Nature, 542 (7640), 223-227.
  • Lüscher, G., Gillingham, P.K., Whittington, A.E. et al., 2016. Farmland biodiversity and agricultural management on 237 farms in 13 European and two African regions. Ecology, 97 (6), 1625.
  • Farrell, J.F., Whittington, A.E. and Zalucki, M.P., 2015. A review of necrophagous insects colonising human and animal cadavers in south-east Queensland, Australia. FORENSIC SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, 257, 149-154.
  • Skartveit, J., Whittington, A.E. and Bland, K.P., 2014. The distribution of Bibionidae (Diptera) in Scotland. Studia dipterologica, 20 (2), 335-364.
  • Ali, M., Saeed, S., Sajjad, A. and Whittington, A., 2011. In search of the best pollinators for canola (Brassica napus L.) production in Pakistan. Applied Entomology and Zoology, 46 (3), 353-361.
  • Ollerton, J., Masinde, S., Meve, U., Picker, M. and Whittington, A., 2009. Fly pollination in Ceropegia (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae): biogeographic and phylogenetic perspectives. Annals of Botany, 103 (9), 1501-1514.
  • Saji, A. and Whittington, A.E., 2008. Ant-lion fauna recorded in the abu dhabi emirate (neuroptera: myrmeleontidae). Zoology in the Middle East, 44 (1), 83-100.
  • Chen, X. and Whittington, A.E., 2006. A new species in the genus Agadasys Whittington (Diptera: Platystomatidae, Plastotephritinae) from China. Zootaxa, 59-66.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2006. Extreme head morphology in Plastotephritinae (Diptera, Platystomatidae), with a proposition of classification of head structures in calyptrate Diptera. Instrumenta Biodiversitatis, 7, 61-83.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2005. Name-bearing types of Neuropterida (Insecta) in the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh. Zootaxa, 47-63.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2004. The Afrotropical Syrphidae Fauna: an assessment. Studia Dipterologica, 10 (2), 579-607.
  • Staines, C. and Whittington, A.E., 2003. Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) types in the Royal Museum of Scotland Collection. Zootaxa, 192, 1-8.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2003. Taxonomic Revision of the Afrotropical Plastotephritinae (Diptera; Platystomatidae). Studia Dipterologica Supplement, 12, 1-300.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2002. Terellia fuscicornis (Loew, 1844), (Dipt., Tephritidae) new to Britain. Entomology Monthly Magazine, 138, 119-120.
  • Robinson-Dean, J.C., Willmott, K.R., Catterall, M.J., Kelly, D.J., Whittington, A.E., Phalan, B., Marples, N.M. and Boeadi, D.R.S., 2002. A new subspecies of Red-backed Thrush Zoothera erythronota kabaena subsp. nov. (Muscicapidae: Turdidae), from Kabaena island, Indonesia. Forktail, 18, 1-10.
  • Whyte, A.S., Garnett, P.A. and Whittington, A.E., 2001. Bats in the belfry, bugs in the bed? Lancet, 357 (9256), 604.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2000. Revision of the Oriental genera of Plastotephritinae (Diptera; Platystomatidae). Tjidschrift voor Entomologie, 142 (2/1999), 333-344.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2000. A revision of Neoardelio Hendel (Diptera; Platystomatidae), with description of a new species. Studia Dipterologica, 7 (2), 437-461.
  • Bland, K.P., Lyszkowski, R. and Whittington, A.E., 1999. The distribution and biology of Aradus betulae (L.) (Hemiptera, Heteroptera). Glasgow Naturalist, 23 (4), 48-49.
  • De Meyer, M., Vanden Berghe, E. and Whittington, A.E., 1999. Zoogeography and Biodiversity of Syrphidae (Diptera) in eastern Africa. Journal of East African Natural History, 86 (1/2, 1997), 43-50.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1999. A faunal list of Neuroptera from Chippenham Fen and Santon Downham, S.E. England. Journal of Neuropterology, 2, 21-24.
  • Whittington, A.E. and Barraclough, D.A., 1999. A comparison of collection management practices between two collections of Diptera. Studia Dipterologica, 6 (1), 43-58.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1999. Revision of the oriental genera of plastotephritinae (Diptera: Platystomatidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, 142 (1-2), 333-344.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1998. Sympherobius klapaleki Zeleny (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae) new to Britain. The Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation, 110, 288-289.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1998. (Diptera: Syrphidae) from Vumba, Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, with description of a new species of Paragus. Annals of the Natal Museum, 39, 185-198.
  • Whittington, A.E. and Rotheray, G.E., 1997. Afrotropical distribution and larvel description of Ornidia obesa (Fabricius, 1775) (Diptera; Syrphidae). Journal of African Zoology, 111 (5), 365-372.
  • Hancock, G.E. and Whittington, A.E., 1997. A review of the status of Drepanepteryx phalaenoides (Linn.) in Scotland (Neuroptera; Hemero[b]iidae) [sic.]. Glasgow Naturalist, 23, 23-24.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1994. Distribution and conservation of Afrotropical Graptomyza Wiedemann, with a new species description (Diptera: Syrphidae: Volucellini). Biodiversity and Conservation, 3 (8), 716-733.
  • Barroclough, D.A. and Whittington, A.E., 1994. Forty years of Diptera studies at the Natal Museum. South African Journal of Science, 90, 449-454.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1994. Descriptions of the puparia of three Graptomyza species (Diptera:Syrphidae), with comments on probable larval biology. Tropical Zoology, 7, 57-65.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1993. A new species of Drapetis Meigen sensu stricto from Natal, South Africa (Hybotidae: Tachydromiinae: Drapetini). Annals of the Natal Museum, 34 (1), 191-198.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1993. Lectotype designation for Graptomyza longirostris Wiedemann, 1820 (Diptera: Syrphidae). African Entomology: journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, 1, 261-262.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1992. Revision of the Afrotropical species of Graptomyza Wiedemann (Diptera: Syrphidae: Volucellini). Annals of the Natal Museum, 33 (1), 209-269.
  • Whittington, A.E. and Brothers, D.J., 1991. Notes on the biology of Mallada handschini (Navás) and comparisons with other southern African species (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Annals of the Natal Museum, 32, 215-220.
  • Whittington, A.E., 1990. Conservation Perspectives for Chrysopidae (Lacewings) and Their Habitats in Southern Africa. Environmental Conservation, 17 (1), 77-78.
  • Melton, D.A., Cooper, S.M. and Whittington, A.E., 1989. The diet of bushpigs in a sugar-cane agroecosystem. South African Journal of Wildlife Research, 19 (1), 48-51.

Books

Chapters

  • Whittington, A.E., 2013. Superorder Endopterygota Sharp, 1898 Order Neuroptera Linnaeus, 1758. Odonata, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera and Other Insects of the Seychelles Islands.. Manchester: Siri Scientific Press, 1-400.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2009. Family Platystomatidae. The Diptera of the Seychelles Islands. Moscow & Sofia: Pensoft Publishers, 303-313.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2009. Platystomatidae (Signal flies). In: Brown, B.V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J.M., Wood, D.M., Woodley, N.E. & Zumbado, M.A., ed. Manual of Central American Diptera. Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press), 903-907.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2008. Insecta: Diptera (flies). In: Mendel, H., Ashmole, P. and Ashmole, M, ed. Invertebrates of the Central Peaks and Peak Dale, St Helena.. St Helena National Trust, 87-99.
  • New, T.R. and Whittington, A.E., 2001. Sampling and studying lacewings in crops. In: McEwen, P.K., New, T.R. and Whittington, A.E., ed. Lacewings in the Crop Environment.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2000. Syrphidae (Diptera; Aschiza). In: Kirk-Spriggs, A.H. & Marais, E., ed. Dâures - biodiversity of the Brandberg Massif, Namibia. Windhoek: National Museum of Namibia, 235-238.

Conferences

  • Farrell, J.F., Whittington, A.E. and Brown, G., 2016. Age and type of maggot food sources, and the potential to affect the minimum post mortem interval estimate. In: 23rd ANZFSS Symposium on Forensic Sciences 18-23 September 2016 Auckland.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2016. Entomofauna of buried remains: Motter's 1898 "Fauna of the grave" revisited. In: 13th meeting of the European Association for Forensic Entomology 25-28 May 2016 Budapest. Budapest: www.forensicplaces.eu, 3-90.
  • Zorba, J., Whittington, A.E. and Osselton, M.D., 2015. Observations on the Effect of Benzylpiperazine on the Larval Development Rate of Calliphora vomitoria and its Implications on the Estimation of Post Mortem Intervals. In: The UK and Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists (UKIAFT) Annual Meeting and Conference 10-11 September 2015 Bournemouth.
  • Farrell, J., Zalucki, M. and Whittington, A.E., 2015. A review of necrophagous insects colonizing human remains in Queensland, Australia. In: 12th meeting of the European Association for Forensic Entomology 6-9 May 2015 University of Huddersfield. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield, 1-69.
  • Farrell, J., Whittington, A.E. and Zalucki, M., 2015. From death to dust – using insects to determine post mortem intervals in Queensland, Australia. In: 12th meeting of the European Association for Forensic Entomology 6-9 May 2015 University of Huddersfield. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield, 1-69.
  • Farrell, J., Whittington, A.E. and Zalucki, M., 2015. Carrion Café – using insects to determine post mortem intervals in Queensland, Australia. In: 12th meeting of the European Association for Forensic Entomology 6-9 May 2015 University of Huddersfield. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield, 1-69.
  • Farrell, J., Whittington, A.E. and Zalucki, M., 2012. From death to dust – using insects to determine post mortem intervals in Queensland. In: 21stInternational Symposium on the Forensic Sciences: Convicts to Criminalistics: Past, Present and Future 23-27 September 2012 Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Saji, A. and Whittington, A.E., 2011. Ant-lion Fauna Recorded in the Abu Dhabi Emirate. In: Ventura, M.A., ed. 11th International Symposium on Neuropterology 13-15 June 2011 Ponta Delgad, Azores, Portugal. 1-71.
  • Canard, M., Thierry, D., Whittington, A.E. and Bozsik, A., 2010. The actual annual occurrence of the green lacewings of northwestern Europe (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). In: Devetak, D., Lipovšek, S. & Arnett, A.E., ed. Tenth International Symposium on Neuropterology 22-25 June 2008 Piran, Slovenia. Maribor, Slovenia,: Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Malibor, 127-134.
  • Ollerton, J., Masinde, S., Meve, U., Picker, M. and Whittington, A.E., 2009. Why do species interact? A test of four hypotheses using Ceropegia (Apocynaceae) as a case study. In: Origin of Biodiversity by Biological Interactions 21-23 September 2009 National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo, Japan.
  • Ollerton, J., Masinde, S., Meve, U., Picker, M. and Whittington, A.E., 2008. The (micro)diversity of pollination systems in the genus Ceropegia (Apocynaceae: Asclepiadoideae): Biogeographic and phylogenetic perspectives. In: Ecology and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions 2-3 August 2008 Milwaukee.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2002. Resources in Scottish Neuropterology. In: Neuropterology 2000, Seventh International Symposium on Neuropterology 6-9 August 2000 Budapest, Hungary. 317-387.
  • Whittington, A.E. and Mansell, M.W., 2002. Post-symposium Neuropterological excursion in Hungary, 10-15 August, 2000. 401-407.
  • Whittington, A.E., 2002. Resources in Scottish Neuropterology. 371-387.

Reports

  • De Meyer, M., Vanden Berghe, E. and Whittington, A.E., 1995. Specimen Database: Syrphidae (Diptera) of East Africa. National Museums of Kenya.
  • Whittington, A.E. and Stirton, C.H., 1988. Future Prospects of Immunophylogeny and Population Genetics in southern Africa.. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal (distributed, unpublished).

PhD Students

  • Helen Slater (The Importance of Micro-Climate Refuges for Mammal Responses to Climate Change & Human Disturbance)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Unit Participant: MSc Archaeology-Anthropology, level 7, 18 students, one 3 hour lecture
  • Unit Participant: Crime Scene Management in Forensic Science, level 7, 34 students, one 2 hour lecture
  • Unit Participant: Laboratory and Research Skills, level 7, 8 students, six 2 hour lectures

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Unit Participant: Case Studies in Forensic Science, level 5, one 2 hour lecture
  • Unit Participant: Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoecology, level 5, 16 students, one 2 hour lecture
  • Unit Participant: Environmental Law, level 6, 17 students, one 2 hour lecture
  • Forensic Law and Practice, UG level 5, 126 students, Unit Participant: one 2 hour lecture
  • Biology for Forensic Science, level 5, 4 students, Unit Leader: 40 contact hours
  • Introduction to Forensic Investigation, level 4, 141 students, Unit Leader: 40 contact hours
  • Forensic Biology, 24 students, Programme leader: 40 contact hours per semester
  • Advance Forensic Science, level 6, 77 students, Unit leader: 40 contact hours

Grants

  • Sherlock’s Window: improving accuracy of entomological forensics at post-mortem criminal investigation using combined cuticular hydrocarbon and internal metabolite analysis. (HEIF 5+1+1, 01 Aug 2016). Awarded

External Responsibilities

Conference Presentations

  • 13th meeting of the European Association for Forensic Entomology, Entomofauna of buried remains: Motter's 1898 "Fauna of the grave" revisited, 25 May 2016, Hungarian Natural History Museum and the University of Szent István, Budapest, Hungary

Qualifications

  • BSc in Botany-Entomology co-major (University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 1989)
  • BSc (Hons) in Entomology (University of Natal (Pietermartizburg), 1990)
  • MSc in Entomology (University of Natal (Pietermartizburg), 1992)
  • PhD in Entomology (University of Aberdeen, 2001)

Memberships

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