Signatures of increasing environmental stress in bumblebee wings over the past century: Insights from museum specimensDetermining when animal populations have experienced stress in the past is fundamental to understanding how risk factors drive contemporary and future species' responses to environmental change. For insects, quantifying stress and associating it with environmental factors has been challenging due to a paucity of time-series data and because detectable population-level...
Arce, Andres N ; Cantwell‐Jones, Aoife ; Tansley, Michael ; Barnes, Ian ; Brace, Selina …
First large‐scale quantification study of DNA preservation in insects from natural history collections using genome‐wide sequencingInsect declines are a global issue with significant ecological and economic ramifications. Yet, we have a poor understanding of the genomic impact these losses can have. Genome-wide data from historical specimens have the potential to provide baselines of population genetic measures to study population change, with natural history collections representing...
Mullin, Victoria E ; Stephen, William ; Arce, Andres N ; Nash, Will ; Raine, Calum …
LectureA talk from the 2022 NFBR Conference at Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Journal articleThe recent publication of Lane, Lucas & Whiffin (2020), with the keys it contains led to AD's re-examination of a series of larger silphids that have resided in his collection for several years.
Dutton, Adrian ; Whiffin, Ashleigh
LectureNews headlines in recent years have proclaimed that over 40% of all insect species are in decline, and many approach extinction. But are these numbers correct? Is the reality better, or even much worse, than we think? Entomologist, broadcaster, and author Professor Adam Hart leads a panel debate of international...
Hart, Adam ; Isaac, Nick ; Whiffin, Ashleigh ; Saunders, Manu