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Dr Ellen Rotheray

Post:Lecturer in Evolution, Behaviour and Environment (Evolution, Behaviour and Environment)

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UK:01273 873628
International:+44 1273 873628
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PhD 'The ecology and conservation of endangered saproxylic hoverflies in Scotland', University of Stirling (2012)

MSc Wildlife Management and Conservation, University of Reading (2006)

BSc (Hons.) Zoology, University of Glasgow (2003)


Twitter: @EllenRotheray 

Twitter: @HoverflyLagoons & @BuzzingBalconies

ResearchGate: Ellen L. Rotheray




Lecturer in Conservation Biology

Convenor of EBE MRes/MSc Degrees

Convenor of Basic and Advanced Conservation Biology core level 7 module


Member of IUCN Hoverfly Specialist Group 

Administrator of UK Hoverfly Larval Facebook Group  

Coordinator of Buzz Club projects @HoverflyLagoons and @Buzzingbalcony



Peer Reviewed Publications


Rotheray G.E. and Rotheray E.L. (2019) The incidence of Pegomya solennis (Meigen) (Diptera, Anthomyiidae) leaf mines on Rumex acetosa (Polygonaceae). Dipterists Digest 26, 35-47.

Nicholls, E., BOTÍAS, C., Rotheray, E. L., Whitehorn, P., David, A., Fowler, R., ... & Hill, E. M. (2018) Monitoring neonicotinoid exposure for bees in rural and peri-urban areas of the UK during the transition from pre-to post-moratorium. Environmental science & technology, 52(16), 9391-9402

Becher, M. A., Twiston‐Davies, G., Penny, T. D., Goulson, D., Rotheray, E. L., & Osborne, J. L. (2018). Bumble‐BEEHAVE: A systems model for exploring multifactorial causes of bumblebee decline at individual, colony, population and community level. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(6), 2790-2801

Rotheray, E. L., Osborne, J. L., Goulson, D. (2017) Quantifying the food requirements and effects of food stress on bumblebee colony development. Journal of Apicultural Research, 56(3), 288-299

Fowler, R. E., Rotheray, E. L., & Goulson, D. (2016). Floral abundance and resource quality influence pollinator choice. Insect Conservation and Diversity9(6), 481-494

David, A., Botías, C., Abdul-Sada, A., Nicholls, E., Rotheray, E. L., Hill, E. M., & Goulson, D. (2016). Widespread contamination of wildflower and bee-collected pollen with complex mixtures of neonicotinoids and fungicides commonly applied to crops. Environment international88, 169-178

Rotheray, E.L., Goulson, D., Bussière, L.F. (2015) Growth, development and life-history strategies in an unpredictable environment: case study of a rare hoverfly Blera fallax (Diptera, Syrphidae). Ecological Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/een.12269

Exley C, Rotheray E, Goulson D (2015) Bumblebee Pupae Contain High Levels of Aluminium. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0127665. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127665

L. M. Casey, H. Rebelo , E. Rotheray and D. Goulson (2015) Evidence for habitat and climatic specialisations driving the long-term distribution trends of UK and Irish bumblebees. Diversity and Distributions. 21(8): 864-875

Goulson, D., Nicholls, E., Rotheray, E., & Botias, C. (2015) Qualifying pollinator decline evidence—Response. Science. 348(6238): 982-982

Dave Goulson, Elizabeth Nicholls, Cristina Botías, Ellen L Rotheray (2015) Bee declines driven by combined stress from parasites, pesticides, and lack of flowers. Science. 347: 6229

Rotheray, E.L., Bussière, L.F., Moore, P., Bergstrom, L., Goulson, D. (2014) Mark recapture estimates of dispersal ability and observations on the territorial behaviour of the rare hoverfly, Hammerschmidtia ferruginea (Diptera, Syrphidae). Journal of Insect Conservation. 18: 179-188

Rotheray, E.L. (2013) Differences in ecomorphology and microhabitat use of four saproxylic larvae (Diptera, Syrphidae) in Scots pine stump rot holes. Ecological Entomology. 38: 219-229

Goulson, D. & Rotheray, E.L. (2012) Population dynamics of the invasive weed Lupinus arboreus in Tasmania, and interactions with two non-native pollinators. Weed Research. 52: 535-541 

Rotheray, E.L., Lepais, O., Greminger, M.P., Nater, A., Krützen, M., Goulson, D. & Bussière, L.F. (2012) Genetic variation and population decline of an endangered hoverfly Blera fallax (Diptera: Syrphidae). Conservation Genetics. 13 (5): 1283-1291 

Rotheray, E.L., Greminger, M.P., Nater, A., Krützen, M., Goulson, D. & Bussière, L.F. (2012) Polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered pine hoverfly Blera fallax (Diptera: Syrphidae). Conservation Genetics Resources. 4 (1): 117-120 

Rotheray, E.L., MacGowan I., Rotheray G.E., Sears J., Elliott A. (2009) The conservation requirements of an endangered hoverfly, Hammerschmidtia ferruginea (Diptera, Syrphidae) in the UK. Journal of Insect Conservation.13: 569-574 


Other Publications


Rotheray, E.L., MacGowan, I. (2015) ‘Pine Hoverfly’ Version 1.0. In: The Species Action Framework Handbook, Gaywood M.J., Boon P.J., Thompson D.B.A., Strachan I.M. (eds). Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby, Perth.
Rotheray, G.E., MacGowan, I., Rotheray, E.L., Sears, J., Elliott, A. (2015) 'Conserving the Aspen Hoverfly'. British Wildlife, 27(1): 35-40
Rotheray, G.E., Rotheray, E.L. (2012) 'Translocating the Pine Hoverfly, Blera fallax'. Antenna, 36 (1): 36-41
Rotheray, E.L. (2010) 'Restoring the endangered pine hoverfly in the UK' In: Global Re-introduction Perspective: 2010. Edited by Pritpal S. Soorae. IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group & Environmental Agency - ABU DHABI. 21-24pp
Rotheray, E.L. (2008) 'The ecology and conservation of the Aspen hoverfly' In: Aspen in Scotland: biodiversity and management. HAG. 12-14pp.