Dr Adam Shuttleworth


Dr Adam Shuttleworth is broadly interested in evolutionary ecology with a particular focus in chemical ecology and the mechanisms underlying ecological interactions, particularly between insects and plants. More specifically, he is interested in the role of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in mediating plant-insect interactions and, conversely, in the role of insect behaviour and sensory perception (particularly olfactory and visual systems) in shaping plant traits. He has a particular interest in the ecology and evolution of asclepiads and stapeliads (Apocynaceae: Ascelpiadoideae)

 Quote:   “If one weevil is smaller than another weevil, does that make it the lesser of two weevils?” Anonymous
Position:   Researcher: Insect Sensory Ecology
Qualifications:   BSc (Zoology & Entomology), University of Natal
BSc Hons (Entomology), University of Natal
PhD (Entomology), University of KwaZulu-Natal
Discipline:   Ecology
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
 Telephone:   033 260 6559
 Email:   shuttleworthadam@gmail.com
 Research Areas:   Chemical ecology, pollination ecology, insect-plant interactions, evolutionary biology.
 Recent Publications:   Shuttleworth, A., Johnson S.D. and Jürgens, A. 2017. Entering through the narrow gate: A morphological filter explains specialization of a carrion-scented stapeliad. Flora 232: 92-103.

Jürgens, A. and Shuttleworth, A. 2015. Carrion and dung mimicry in plants. pp. 361-386. In: Benbow, M.E., Tomberlin, J.K. and Tarone, A.M. (Eds). Carrion ecology, evolution and their applications. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Jürgens, A., Wee, S-L., Shuttleworth, A. and Johnson, S.D. 2013. Chemical mimicry of insect oviposition sites: a global analysis of convergence in angiosperms. Ecology Letters 16: 1157-1167.

Shuttleworth, A. and Johnson S.D. 2012. The Hemipepsis-wasp pollination system in South Africa: a comparative analysis of trait convergence in a highly specialized plant guild. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 168: 278-299.

Shuttleworth, A. and Johnson, S.D. 2010. The missing stink: sulphur compounds can mediate a shift between fly and wasp pollination systems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 277: 2811-2819.

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