Dr Andy Whitworth
- Affiliate Researcher (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)
My research focuses on patterns of biodiversity within tropical rainforest, through the use of a wide range of sampling techniques currently available for invertebrate and vertebrate organisms. This also involves exploring new techniques, or utilises them in a novel way, to detect and monitor wildlife. I am particularly interested in areas of rainforest once subjected to human disturbance, and in areas where people are currently living, working and interacting with their environment; with the aim to better understand how these interactions affect the species existing there. I also focus on species of special conservation concern to better understand how species are responding to current threats in their surrounding habitat, and investigate how such threats might be mitigated. I enjoy working and collaborating with students and researchers from all levels and backgrounds; and have produced various field plates and guides that can be used by a range of audiences; not just scientists.
See my ResearchGate profile
- Whitworth, A., Braunholtz, L., Pillco Huarcaya, R., MacLeod, R., & Beirne, C. (2016). Out on a limb: Arboreal camera traps as an emerging methodology for inventorying elusive rainforest mammals. Tropical Conservation Science Vol. 9 (2): 675-698.
- Whitworth, A.,Downie, R..von May, R., Villacampa, J. & MacLeod, R. (2016). How much potential biodiversity and conservation value can a regenerating rainforest provide? A ‘best-case scenario’ approach from the Peruvian Amazon. Tropical Conservation Science Vol. 9 (1): 211-232.
- Whitworth, A., Villacampa, J., Brown, A., Pillco Huarcaya, R., Downie, R., & MacLeod, R. (2016). Past human disturbance effects upon biodiversity are greatest in the canopy; a case study on rainforest butterflies. PLoS one 11(3): e0150520. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150520
- Whitworth, A., Beirne, C., Rowe, J., Ross, F., Acton, C., Burdekin, O., & Brown, P. (2015). The response of faunal biodiversity to an unmarked road in the Western Amazon. Biodiversity and Conservation, 24(7), 1657-1670.
- Whitworth, A. (2012). An investigation into the determining factors of zoo visitor attendances in UK zoos. PloS one, 7(1), e29839.
Other Published/Accepted Articles
- Beirne, C., Burdekin, O., & Whitworth, A. (2013). Herpetofaunal responses to anthropogenic habitat change within a small forest reserve in Eastern Ecuador. The Herpetological Journal, 23(4), 209-209.
- Waddell, E., Whitworth, A., & MacLeod, R. (2016). A first test of the thread bobbin tracking technique as a method for studying the ecology of herpetofauna in a tropical rainforest. Herpetological Conservation & Biology.
- Whittaker, L., Whitworth, A., Fowler, A., Brent-Smith, M., Beirne, C., & Villacampa, J. (2015). Bamboo traps as refugia for Pristimantis olivaceus (Anura: Craugastoridae) and as breeding site for Osteocephalus castaneicola (Anura: Hylidae). Phyllomedusa, 14(2), 157-161.
- Villacampa, J., & Whitworth, A. (2016). Predation of Oscaecilia bassleri (Gymnophiona: Caecilidae) by Anilius scytale (Serpentes: Aniliidae) in southeast Peru. Cuadernos de Herpetología, 30(1).
- Brown, A., Whitworth, A., Fowler, A., Brent-Smith, M., & Burdekin, O. (2015). Doryfera johannae (Bourcier, 1847)(Aves: Apodiformes: Trochilidae): new locality, range extension and notes on distribution. Check List, 11(5), 1749.
- Allen, L., von May, R., Villacampa, J., Burdekin, O., & Whitworth, A. (2014). A preliminary geographic distribution map of Elachistocleis muiraquitan Nunes de Almeida & Toledo, 2012 (Amphibia: Anura: Microhylidae). Check List, 10(2), 388-391.
- Villacampa, J., Whitworth, A., & Burdekin, O. (2013). Hylidae): New locality, range extension and notes on distribution. Check List, 9(5), 1126-1128.
- Rojas, S. J. S., Villacampa, J., & Whitworth, A. (2016). Notes on the reproduction of Kentropyx altamazonica (Squamata: Teiidae) and Imantodes lentiferus (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) from southeast Peru. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 15(1), 69-73.
Field guides and news articles
- Exploration Sira – A popular tropical news website article, detailing the success of a 2015 expedition I co-led to an isolated group of rainforest covered mountains, known as the Cerros del Sira, central Peru.
- Tree Top Manu 2014 & 2015 - A popular tropical news website with articles detailing the success of an arboreal camera trap project that I initiated, in the Manu Biosphere Reserve of southeast Peru. Also featured on WILDLABS.NET and in BBC Wildlife Magazine.
- Field guide to the Amphibians of the Yachana Reserve, Ecuador. A bilingual (English and Spanish) field guide, encompassing 50 amphibian species from the Ecuadorian Amazon. Resulting from over two and half year’s field work.
- Field guide to the Reptiles of the Yachana Reserve, Ecuador. A bilingual (English and Spanish) field guide, encompassing 59 reptile species from the Ecuadorian Amazon. Resulting from over two and half year’s field work.
- Field plates – Foods eaten in regenerating rainforest by the endangered woolly monkey (Lagothrix cana)- Rapid colour field plates containing 99 food species eaten by the endangered and poorly known, Peruvian woolly monkey.
- Field plates - Amphibians of the Manu Learning Centre - Rapid colour field plates published with the Chicago Field Museum, containing 61 amphibian species, from over three years of field work in the Amazon region of southeast Peru.
- Field plates - Reptiles of the Manu Learning Centre - Rapid colour field plates published with the Chicago Field Museum, containing 72 reptile species, from over three years of field work in the Amazon region of southeast Peru.