Katrina Dainton, BA, MSc

Research Assistant (Entomology)

Katrina Dainton

Email: katrina.dainton@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Twitter: @Arty_Bestiola

Tel: +44 (0)131 0300 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5783
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Katrina Dainton joined the Entomology team of Forest Research in June 2015, working primarily on developing biopesticides and alternative control methods for the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis). Prior to that Katrina undertook a short-term surveying and monitoring role with Natural England, having completing an Integrated Pest Management Masters at Harper Adams University in 2014.

Current role

Research Assistant (Entomology)

To provide support for research on the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) - primarily to investigate potential biological control agents, attractant/ repellent compounds and alternative monitoring and control methods. Also to provide research support for other forest insect pest and entomological projects, particularly pine-tree lappet moth (Dendrolimus pini). To provide advice on a range of forest insect pest and tree health problems in northern Britain.

Current projects

LWEC BIPESCO: Biological pest control of insect pests that threaten tree health

Undertake field and laboratory work on non-pesticide alternatives to plant protection, monitoring and control of the large pine weevil, Hylobius abietis.  This will support work aimed at the development of integrated pest management strategies.

Integrated Forest Management of Hylobius abietis

LWEC PROTREE: Promoting resilience of UK tree species to novel pests and pathogens: ecological and evolutionary solutions.

Provide field, laboratory and analytical support to LWEC PROTREE colleagues at FR.

Other affiliations and responsibilities

  • Member of Royal Entomological Society
  • Member of British Entomological and Natural History Society
  • Member of Butterfly Conservation
  • Member of Buglife
  • Volunteer Tree Health Surveyor for Observatree project