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Jenni Stockan

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Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Insect Ecologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Jenni Stockan is a researcher specialising in entomology. She has degrees in Ecology, Laboratory Technology and Data Management, Wildlife Biology and Conservation and completed her PhD on the impacts of riparian buffer strips on biodiversity in 2013.

Jenni has more than fifteen years-experience within the fields of applied insect ecology and conservation, especially within agricultural, forest and aquatic 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. 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:

Methods for controlling invasive non-native aquatic species.

BUFFERTECH - Optimization of Ecosystem Service Provided by Buffer Strips Using Novel Technological methods.

Assessing and addressing the impacts of oak diseases on UK woodlands and species of conservation importance.

Long-term monitoring of Carabidae for the Environmental Change Network.

Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme:

  • WP1.2. Water and its ecosystem functions (riparian and constructed wetland ecology).
  • WP1.3. Biodiversity and Ecosystems (grazing management and trophic effects, resilience of pinewoods and associated fauna, novel management measures for pollinators).


  • Stockan, J.A.; Robinson, E.J.H. (eds.) (2016) Wood ant ecology and conservation., Cambridge University Press.
  • Stockan, J.; Pakeman, R.J. (2016) Grassland management impacts on invertebrates., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.) Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp18-19.
  • Cole, L.; Stockan, J. (2016) Watercourse management and the promotion of biodiversity in intensive agricultural catchments., In: Pakeman, R.J. (ed.). Grassland Biodiversity. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, pp14-15.
  • Robinson, E.J.H.; Stockan, J.A.; Iason, G.R. (2016) Wood ants and their interaction with other organisms., In: Stockan, J.A. & Robinson, E.J.H. (eds.). Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation. Cambridge University Press, Chapter 8, pp177-206.
  • 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) Plant secondary metabolite polymorphisms and the extended chemical phenotype., In: Iason, G.R., Dicke, M. & Hartley, S.E. (eds.). The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites: from Genes to Global Processes. Ecological Reviews, Cambridge University Press. Chapter 13, pp247-268.

  • Troldborg, M.; Beesley, L.; Stockan, J.; Avery, L.; Hough, R.L. (2019) Development of approach for modelling water flow and contaminant mass balances at Dinnet., Internal Report, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 6pp.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Gabriel, M.; Hoang-Cong, C.; Stockan, J. (2018) Could managing water levels of Lunan Water at the outlet to Balgavies Loch help conserve Chapel Mires from eutrophication and loss of biodiversity?, Report for Lunan Catchment Management Group, 15pp.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding, D.F. (2017) Summary methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species., Report for CREW website.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding, D. (2017) Methods for controlling or eradicating invasive aquatic species., CREW Report, CRW2016_05, 40pp.
  • Addy, S.; Cooksley, S.; Dodd, N.; Waylen, K.A.; Stockan, J.; Byg, A.; Holstead, K. (2016) River restoration and biodiversity. Nature-based solutions for restoring the rivers of the UK and Republic of Ireland., Report, The James Hutton Institute, 2016, 75pp.
  • 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.A.; Mackinnon, M.; Pakeman, R.J.; Pozsgai, G.; Ramsey S.; Riach, D.; Stockan, J. A.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Woodward, S. (2014) Assessing and addressing the impacts of ash dieback on UK woodlands and trees of conservation importance (Phase 2)., Natural England Report.
  • 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.; Woodward, S. (2013) Ash dieback: impacts on other species and understanding the ecology of ash., Report to JNCC.
  • Brooker, R.; Aalders, I.H.; Ballingall, K.; Begg, G.; Birch, A.N.E.; Elliott, G.; Ellis, C.; Freitag, T.; Hawes, C.; Holland, J.; Holmes, B.; Hough, R.L.; Karley, A.; McCracken, D.; Mitchell, R.; Stockan, J.; Zadoks, R.; Albon, S.A.; Hester, A.J.; Pakeman, R.J. (2013) Biotic and biophysical underpinning of ecosystem services in the Scottish context: a review., Published online as an outputs from WP 1.1 of the Ecosystem Services Theme of the SRP.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Fielding D. (2013) Impact of riparian invasive non-native plant species on freshwater habitats and species. Final report., CREW Report CD 2012/37.
  • Littlewood, N.A.; Stockan, J.A. (2013) Surveillance of priority terrestrial invertebrates in Scotland., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No 609.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Stockan, J.; Taylor, A.F.S.; Hester, A.J. (2012) Comments on the Cairngorm Nature Draft Action Plan from the James Hutton Institute., Cairngorms National Park Consultation on the Cairngorms Nature Draft Action Plan.
  • Stockan, J.A. (2006) Foraging behaviour, ant competition and nest site selection in narrow headed ants (Formica exsecta)., Commissioned Report to National Trust for Scotland, November 2006.
  • Stockan, J.A.; Dennis, P. (2005) Foraging behaviour and ant competition in narrow headed ants., Initial Report to National Trust for Scotland.

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