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Prof. Keith F. A. Walters | Decision Sciences Award | Best Researcher Award

Prof. Keith F. A. Walters,Harper Adams University, United Kingdom

Dr. Keith F. A. Walters is a distinguished biologist ๐ŸŒฟ with expertise in entomology and environmental science. Holding a Ph.D. ๐ŸŽ“ from the University of East Anglia, he has led groundbreaking research on pest management and ecological sustainability. As Head of Environmental Biology at Fera/Central Science Laboratory, he managed multi-million-pound programs combating invasive species while fostering collaboration with government agencies and stakeholders. With extensive teaching and curriculum development experience ๐Ÿ“š, he has shaped the education of countless students worldwide. Dr. Walters’ dedication to scientific advancement and education has left an indelible mark on the field of biology.


Publication Profile


Dr. Keith F. A. Walters possesses a rich academic background, earning a BSc Hons in Zoology ๐Ÿพ from Imperial College, University of London, alongside an ARCS from the Royal College of Science. His academic journey culminated in a PhD ๐ŸŽ“ in Insect Behavioural Ecology from the University of East Anglia/Rothamsted Research. Recognized for his contributions, he holds prestigious titles such as FRES (Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society) and FRSB (Fellow of the Society of Biology). Dr. Walters has continued his intellectual pursuits with distinction, undertaking courses in Mathematics and Computing at the Open University and acquiring various management qualifications, demonstrating a lifelong commitment to learning and leadership.



Dr. Keith F. A. Walters has amassed extensive experience in scientific leadership ๐Ÿงช and research management, notably serving as Head of the Defra National Phytophthora Programme, spearheading a ยฃ24m initiative for the containment of invasive fungal-like diseases. His tenure at Fera/Central Science Laboratory saw him manage diverse teams focusing on environmental biology ๐ŸŒฑ, pest management, and agricultural ecology. Prior roles include research at ADAS and the Department of Agriculture, emphasizing sustainable pest control and bee disease diagnosis. Dr. Walters’ commitment to education ๐Ÿ“š is evident through his roles in curriculum development, supervision of postgraduate research, and teaching at esteemed institutions worldwide. His multifaceted contributions have left a lasting impact on both scientific advancement and education.


Research Focus

Dr. Keith F.A. Walters’ research spans diverse areas within entomology and pest management ๐Ÿชฒ, focusing on integrated pest management strategies, ecological modeling of pest populations, and understanding the behavioral patterns of insect pests. His work delves into the dynamics of pest distribution and movement, as well as the impact of environmental factors on pest populations. Additionally, he contributes to research on pollinator habitats ๐ŸŒธ and the interactions between pollinators and plants. Through his comprehensive investigations, Dr. Walters aims to develop sustainable solutions for pest control while promoting biodiversity and ecological balance in agricultural ecosystems.


Publication Top Notes

๐Ÿ“š Walters, K.F.A. et al. (2024). “Constraints and solutions for development and uptake of integrated pest management in the UK.” Published in Annals of Applied Biology. Not cited.

๐Ÿ”— Gill, M.C. et al. (2023). “Potential use of floral nectar sugar characteristics in plant selection for pollinator habitats.” Published in Journal of Apicultural Research. Cited by 3.

๐ŸŒ Petrovskii, S. et al. (2022). “A predictive model and a field study on heterogeneous slug distribution in arable fields arising from density dependent movement.” Published in Scientific Reports. Cited by 2.

๐ŸฆŸ Nasir, S. et al. (2022). “Larvicidal activity of acetone extract and green synthesized silver nanoparticles from Allium sativum L. against the dengue vector Aedes aegypti L.” Published in Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. Cited by 12.

๐Ÿ Ryder, J.T. et al. (2021). “Lower pollen nutritional quality delays nest building and egg laying in Bombus terrestris audax micro-colonies leading to reduced biomass gain.” Published in Apidologie. Cited by 6.

๐ŸŒ Forbes, E. et al. (2021). “Stability of patches of higher population density within the heterogeneous distribution of the gray field slug Deroceras reticulatum in arable fields in the UK.” Published in Insects. Cited by 2.

๐ŸŒ Ellis, J. et al. (2020). “Movement patterns of the grey field slug (Deroceras reticulatum) in an arable field.” Published in Scientific Reports. Cited by 5.

๐ŸŒ Forbes, E. et al. (2020). “Locomotor behaviour promotes stability of the patchy distribution of slugs in arable fields: Tracking the movement of individual Deroceras reticulatum.” Published in Pest Management Science. Cited by 7.

๐Ÿชฑ Petrovskaya, N.B. et al. (2020). “Modelling a targeted use of pesticide procedure for pest populations with heterogeneous spatial distributions.” Published in Ecological Modelling. Cited by 4.

Keith F. A. Walters | Decision Sciences Award | Best Researcher Award

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