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Ecological Sciences
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The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Jenni Stockan is an entomologist and environmental researcher within the Environmental Sciences Group (EBS). Jenni has degrees in Ecology, Laboratory Technology and Data Management, and Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She recently completed her PhD on the impacts of riparian buffer strips on biodiversity, particularly Carabid beetles.

Jenni has more than twelve years-experience within the fields of applied insect ecology and conservation, especially within agricultural and forest ecosystems. Her research interests are focussed on the integrated role insects (and other invertebrates) play in ecosystems, particularly where that role has a beneficial effect. Much of her work has involved using insects as indicators (e.g. of land use or environmental change) or exploring multi-trophic interactions between plants, herbivores and predators. She also has a particular expertise in riparian ecology. Jenni has authored, or co-authored, more than 50 scientific papers, reports, and other publications.

Jenni is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and recipient (in 2012) of the Marsh Award for early research career entomologist. Additional responsibilities include serving as vice-chair of the UK Wood Ant Steering Group, chair of the Aberdeen Entomological Club and as Honorary Regional Secretary for Scotland of the Royal Entomological Society.

Current research interests 

Current projects include:

  • Promoting resilience of UK tree species to novel pests and pathogens: ecological and evolutionary solutions.
  • BUFFERTECH - Optimization of Ecosystem Service Provided by Buffer Strips Using Novel Technological methods.
  • Assessing and addressing the impacts of ash dieback on UK woodlands and trees of conservation importance.

Scottish Government Rural Affairs and the Environment Strategic Research Themes:

  • WP1.1 Assessment of Scotland's Ecosystem Services.
  • WP2.3 Effectiveness of measures to manage water quality and control diffuse water pollution.
  • WP3.4 Resiliance of Scotland's biodiversity to climate change and land-use change.


Jenni's most recent papers



  • Mitchell, R.J., Broome, A., Harmer, R., Beaton, J.K., Bellamy, P.E., Brooker, R.W., Duncan, R., Ellis< C.J., Hester, A.J., Hodgetts, N.G., Iason, G.R., Littlewood, N.L., Mackinnon, M., Pakeman, R., Pozsgai, G., Ramsay, S., Riach, D., Stockan, J.A., Taylor, A.F.S. and Woodward, S. (2014) Assessing and addressing the impacts of ash dieback on UK woodlands and trees of conservation importance. Natural England Commissioned Report NECR151.

  • Ash dieback: impacts on other species and understanding the ecology of Ash. Mitchell, R.J., Bailey, S., Beaton, J.K., Bellamy, P.E., Brooker, R.W, Broome, A., Chetcuti, J., Eaton, S., Ellis, C.J, Farren, J., Gimona, A., Goldberg, E., Hall, J., Harmer, R., Hester, A.J., Hewison, R.L., Hodgetts, N.G, Hooper, R.J., Howe, L., Iason, G.R., Kerr, G., Littlewood, N.A., Morgan, V., Newey, S., Potts, J.M, Pozsgai, G., Ray, D., Sim, D.A., Stockan, J.A., Taylor, A.F.S, Taylor, P. and Woodward, S. (2014). JNCC Report No. 483. JNCC, Peterborough.
  • Review of the impact of riparian invasive non-native plant species on freshwater habitats and species. Stockan, J.A. & Fielding, D. (2013) CREW report CD 2013/36.
  • Biodiversity and Biophysical Underpinning of Ecosystem Services in the Scottish Context: A Review. Brooker, R., Aalders, I., Ballingall, K., Begg, G., Birch, N., Eliott, G., Ellis, C., Freitag, T., Hawes, C., Holland, J., Holmes, B., Hough, R., Karley, A., McCracken, D., Mitchell, R., Stockan, J. & Zadoks, R. (2013). Report to Scottish Government.
  • Surveillance of priority terrestrial invertebrates in Scotland. Littlewood, N.A.; Stockan, J.A., (2013) Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 609.
  • Plant secondary metabolite polymorphisms and the extended chemical phenotype., Iason, G.R.; Moore, B.D.; Lennon, J.J.; Stockan, J.A.; Osler, G.H.R.; Russell, J.R.; Campbell, C.D.; Sim, D.A.; Beaton, J.R., (2012) In: The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: from Genes to Global Processes (eds. G.R. Iason, M. Dicke and S.E. Hartley). Ecological Reviews, Cambridge University Press. Chapter 13, pp247-268.
  • Foraging behaviour, ant competition and nest site selection in narrow headed ants (Formica exsecta)., Stockan, J.A., (2006) Commissioned Report to National Trust for Scotland, November 2006.
  • Foraging behaviour and ant competition in narrow headed ants. Stockan, J.A.; Dennis, P., (2005) Initial Report to National Trust for Scotland.



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