Christopher Shortall

Scientific Specialist - Entomology
Biointeractions and Crop Protection
+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938466
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Past Projects
  • Aphid ecology and population dynamics
  • Aphid Advisory Alerts
  • Long term changes in phenology and abundance of culicoides midges
  • Establishing BICCO-Net: The Biodiversity Impacts of Climate Change Observation Network
  • The Rothamsted Insect Survey
  • Mitigating new threats from virus yellows: monitoring aphid populations and insecticide resistance to maintain control

Comont, R. F., Purse, B. V., Phillips, W., Kunin, W. E., Hanson, M., Lewis, O. T., Harrington, R., Shortall, C. R., Rondoni, G., Roy, H. E. (2013) Escape from parasitism by the invasive alien ladybird, Harmonia axyridis, Insect Conservation and Diversity


Comont, R.F., Roy, H.E., Lewis, O.T., Harrington, R., Shortall, C.R., Purse, B.V. (2012) Using biological traits to explain ladybird distribution patterns  Journal of Biogeography, 39, 1772-1781


Harrington, R., Alderson, L.J., Cox, D., Denholm, I., Foster, S., Hall, M.J., Mallott, M.D., Oliphant, L., Parker, S.J., Shortall, C.R., Taylor, M.S. & Wright, S. (2012) Optimising virus yellows control by monitoring population dynamics, infectivity and insecticide resistance of aphid vectors of sugar beet virus diseases. BBRO Report.


Bell, J.R., Taylor, M.S., Shortall, C.R., Welham, S.J. & Harrington, R. (2012) The trait and host plant ecology of aphids and their distribution and abundance in the United Kingdom. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21, 405-415


Sanders, C.J., Shortall, C.R., Gubbins, S., Burgin, L., Gloster, J., Harrington, R., Reynolds, D.R., Mellor, P.S. & Carpenter, S. (2011) Influence of season and meteorological parameters on flight activity of Culicoides biting midges. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, 1355-1364


Shortall, C.R. & Timmis, G.L.S. Long-term changes in the abundance and phenology of Hoplia philanthus (Fuessly) Col: Scarabaeidae at Silwood Park. (2011) Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation, 123, 195-198


Shortall, C.R. & Harrington, R. Long-term changes in the abundance and phenology of Culicoides midges. (2011) English Nature Report


Harrington, R., Shortall, C.R. & Woiwod, I.P. (2010) Aerial insect biomass: trends from long-term monitoring. Silent Summer (ed. N. Maclean). Cambridge University Press


Harrington, R., Stevens, M., Alderson, L., Cox, D., Denholm, I., Foster, S., Hall, M., Hallsworth, P., Oliphant, L., Parker, S., Shortall, C., Taylor, M., Wright, S. (2009) Complementary methods for monitoring sugar beet aphids to improve risk management of virus yellows. Redia, 92, 215-217


Shortall, C.R., Moore, A., Smith, E., Hall, M.J., Woiwod, I.P. & Harrington, R. (2009) Long-term changes in the abundance of flying insects. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 2, 251–260


Roy, H.E., Beckmann, B.C., Comont, R.F., Hails, R.S., Harrington, R., Medlock, J., Purse, B. & Shortall, C.R. (2009) An Investigation into the Potential for New and Existing Species of Insect with the Potential to Cause Statutory Nuisance to Occur in the UK as a Result of Current and Predicted Climate Change DEFRA Report


Brooks, D.R., Perry, J.N., Clark, S.J., Heard, M.S., Firbank, L.G., Holdgate, R, Mason, N.S., Shortall, C.R., Skellern, M.P. & Woiwod, I.P. (2007) National-scale metacommunity dynamics of carabid beetles in UK farmland. Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, 265-274


Osborne, J.L., Martin, A.P., Shortall, C.R., Todd, A.D., Goulson, D., Knight, M.E., Hale, R.J. & Sanderson, R.A. (2007) Quantifying and comparing bumblebee nest densities in gardens and countryside habitats, Journal of Applied Ecology, 45, 784-792


Shortall, C.R., Harrington, R., Hall, M.J. & Clark, S.J. (2006) Long-term trends in aerial insect populations English Nature Report




BSc in Zoology (UCW Aberystwyth)