Dr Scott Hayward’s research group seeks to understand how organisms cope with variable and stressful environments. Temperate, polar and tropical terrestrial invertebrates (insects, mites and nematodes) are the primary focus of this endeavour. His lab uses state-of-the-art tools, and a systems biology approach, to investigate how these organisms detect, repair and stabilize the cellular and molecular damage induced by environmental stress, as well as their broader physiology and ecology. This research has fundamental applications in controlling agricultural pests and vectors of disease, as well as optimising ecosystem services such as pollination. Terrestrial invertebrates are also excellent biological thermometers in modelling the potential impact of climate change.
Bartlett, J., Convey P. and Hayward S. A. L. (2020) Surviving the Antarctic Winter—Life Stage Cold Tolerance and Ice Entrapment Survival in The Invasive Chironomid Midge Eretmoptera murphyi. Insects 11, 147; doi:10.3390/insects11030147
Pertierra L R, Bartlett J. C., Duffy G., Vega G. C., Hughes K. A., Hayward S. A. L., Convey P., Olalla-Tarraga M. A. and Aragón P. (2019) Integrating correlative and mechanistic niche models with human pressures to assess biological invasion risks in Antarctica: examining the case of an introduced midge. Journal of Biogeography 47:658-673
Pateman, R., Thomas, C.D., and Hayward S.A.L. Hill (2015) Macro‐ and microclimatic interactions can drive variation in species' habitat associations. Global Change Biology, 22 , 2, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13056