Dr Andy Whitworth

  • Affiliate Researcher (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)

Biography

Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

E-mail: andy.w.whitworth@gmail.com

Andy.Whitworth@glasgow.ac.uk


Research interests

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

Scientific publications    

Featured

  • 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.

Research datasets

Publications

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Number of items: 11.

2019

Whitworth, A., Beirne, C., Pillco Huarcaya, R., Whittaker, L., Serrano Rojas, S. J., Tobler, M. W. and MacLeod, R. (2019) Human disturbance impacts on rainforest mammals are most notable in the canopy, especially for larger‐bodied species. Diversity and Distributions, 25(7), pp. 1166-1178. (doi:10.1111/ddi.12930)

2018

Whitworth, A., Beirne, C., Flatt, E., Pillco Huarcaya, R., Cruz Diaz, J. C., Forsyth, A., Molnár, P. K. and Vargas Soto, J. S. (2018) Secondary forest is utilized by Great Curassows (Crax rubra) and Great Tinamous (Tinamus major) in the absence of hunting. Condor, 120(4), pp. 852-862. (doi:10.1650/CONDOR-18-57.1)

Whitworth, A., Pillco Huarcaya, R., Whittaker, L. and Braunholtz, L. (2018) Are we using the most appropriate methodologies to assess the sensitivity of rainforest biodiversity to habitat disturbance? Tropical Conservation Science, 11, (doi:10.1177/1940082918788445)

Whitworth, A., Huarcaya, R. P., Mercado, H. G., Braunholtz, L. D. and MacLeod, R. (2018) Food for thought. Rainforest carrion-feeding butterflies are more sensitive indicators of disturbance history than fruit feeders. Biological Conservation, 217, pp. 383-390. (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2017.11.030)

Whitworth, A., Pillco-Huarcaya, R., Downie, R., Villacampa, J., Braunholtz, L. D. and MacLeod, R. (2018) Long lasting impressions: After decades of regeneration rainforest biodiversity remains differentially affected following selective logging and clearance for agriculture. Global Ecology and Conservation, 13, e00375. (doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2018.e00375)

2017

Serrano-Rojas, S. J., Whitworth, A., Villacampa, J., von May, R., Padial, J. M. and Chaparro, J. C. (2017) A new species of poison-dart frog (Anura: Dendrobatidae) from Manu province, Amazon region of southeastern Peru, with notes on its natural history, bioacoustics, phylogenetics, and recommended conservation status. Zootaxa, 4221(1), pp. 71-94. (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4221.1.3) (PMID:28187674)

Whitworth, A., Villacampa, J., Serrano Rojas, S. J., Downie, R. and MacLeod, R. (2017) Methods matter: Different biodiversity survey methodologies identify contrasting biodiversity patterns in a human modified rainforest — A case study with amphibians. Ecological Indicators, 72, pp. 821-832. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.08.055)

Beirne, C., Pillco-Huarcaya, R., Serrano-Rojas, S. J. and Whitworth, A. (2017) Terrestrial camera traps: essential tool for the detection and future monitoring of the Critically Endangered Sira curassow Pauxi koepckeae. Endangered Species Research, 32, pp. 145-152. (doi:10.3354/esr00802)

2016

Serrano Rojas, S. J., Villacampa, J. and 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), pp. 69-73. (doi:10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v15i1p69-73)

Whitworth, A., Downie, R., von May, R., Villacampa, J. and 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, 9(1), pp. 224-245. (doi:10.1177/194008291600900112)

2015

Whittaker, L., Whitworth, A., Fowler, A., Brent-Smith, M., Beirne, C. and Villacampa, J. (2015) Bamboo traps as refugia for Pristimantis olivaceus (Anura: Craugastoridae) and as breeding site for Osteocephalus castaneicola (Anura: Hylidae). Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 14(2), pp. 157-161. (doi:10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v14i2p157-161)

This list was generated on Thu Jul 18 20:15:25 2019 BST.
Jump to: Articles
Number of items: 11.

Articles

Whitworth, A., Beirne, C., Pillco Huarcaya, R., Whittaker, L., Serrano Rojas, S. J., Tobler, M. W. and MacLeod, R. (2019) Human disturbance impacts on rainforest mammals are most notable in the canopy, especially for larger‐bodied species. Diversity and Distributions, 25(7), pp. 1166-1178. (doi:10.1111/ddi.12930)

Whitworth, A., Beirne, C., Flatt, E., Pillco Huarcaya, R., Cruz Diaz, J. C., Forsyth, A., Molnár, P. K. and Vargas Soto, J. S. (2018) Secondary forest is utilized by Great Curassows (Crax rubra) and Great Tinamous (Tinamus major) in the absence of hunting. Condor, 120(4), pp. 852-862. (doi:10.1650/CONDOR-18-57.1)

Whitworth, A., Pillco Huarcaya, R., Whittaker, L. and Braunholtz, L. (2018) Are we using the most appropriate methodologies to assess the sensitivity of rainforest biodiversity to habitat disturbance? Tropical Conservation Science, 11, (doi:10.1177/1940082918788445)

Whitworth, A., Huarcaya, R. P., Mercado, H. G., Braunholtz, L. D. and MacLeod, R. (2018) Food for thought. Rainforest carrion-feeding butterflies are more sensitive indicators of disturbance history than fruit feeders. Biological Conservation, 217, pp. 383-390. (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2017.11.030)

Whitworth, A., Pillco-Huarcaya, R., Downie, R., Villacampa, J., Braunholtz, L. D. and MacLeod, R. (2018) Long lasting impressions: After decades of regeneration rainforest biodiversity remains differentially affected following selective logging and clearance for agriculture. Global Ecology and Conservation, 13, e00375. (doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2018.e00375)

Serrano-Rojas, S. J., Whitworth, A., Villacampa, J., von May, R., Padial, J. M. and Chaparro, J. C. (2017) A new species of poison-dart frog (Anura: Dendrobatidae) from Manu province, Amazon region of southeastern Peru, with notes on its natural history, bioacoustics, phylogenetics, and recommended conservation status. Zootaxa, 4221(1), pp. 71-94. (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4221.1.3) (PMID:28187674)

Whitworth, A., Villacampa, J., Serrano Rojas, S. J., Downie, R. and MacLeod, R. (2017) Methods matter: Different biodiversity survey methodologies identify contrasting biodiversity patterns in a human modified rainforest — A case study with amphibians. Ecological Indicators, 72, pp. 821-832. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.08.055)

Beirne, C., Pillco-Huarcaya, R., Serrano-Rojas, S. J. and Whitworth, A. (2017) Terrestrial camera traps: essential tool for the detection and future monitoring of the Critically Endangered Sira curassow Pauxi koepckeae. Endangered Species Research, 32, pp. 145-152. (doi:10.3354/esr00802)

Serrano Rojas, S. J., Villacampa, J. and 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), pp. 69-73. (doi:10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v15i1p69-73)

Whitworth, A., Downie, R., von May, R., Villacampa, J. and 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, 9(1), pp. 224-245. (doi:10.1177/194008291600900112)

Whittaker, L., Whitworth, A., Fowler, A., Brent-Smith, M., Beirne, C. and Villacampa, J. (2015) Bamboo traps as refugia for Pristimantis olivaceus (Anura: Craugastoridae) and as breeding site for Osteocephalus castaneicola (Anura: Hylidae). Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 14(2), pp. 157-161. (doi:10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v14i2p157-161)

This list was generated on Thu Jul 18 20:15:25 2019 BST.