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Samantha COOK
Last name : COOK
First name : Samantha
Entrance year : 2020
Occupation : Senior Research Scientist
Company : Rothamsted Research
Birthdate : 1971/10/31
Address : Biointeractions & Crop Protection Department Hertfordshire AL5 2JQ Harpenden / United Kingdom
Main fields of interest :
  • Crop protection
  • Agronomy
Professional experience : • Inaugural member of the BCPC (British Crop Production Council) Pests & Beneficials Working Group 2015-Present • Active member of IOBC (International Organization for Biological Control): Convenor of the Entomology sub-group of the Integrated Control in Oilseeds working group (2004-present) • Active Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (2006-Present; member since 1996): Founder and Convener of the Special Interest Group on insect behaviour 2006-2009.
Education : * 1996 – 2000 PhD. Life Science ‘The use of pollen cues in resource location by a pollinator and a pest’ University of Nottingham / Rothamsted Research * 1995 – 1996 MSc. Crop Protection (with Distinction) , University of Aberdeen / Scottish Agricultural College * 1990 – 1993 BSc. (Hons.) Applied Biological Sciences (2:1), The Manchester Metropolitan University
Selected publications : Full list via OrchiD ID: or via Rothamsted Repository • Greenop, A., Cook, SM, Wilby, A., Pywell, R.F., & Woodcock, B.A. (2020) Invertebrate community structure predicts natural pest control resilience to insecticide exposure Journal of Applied Ecology • Carruthers, J.M., Cook, S.M., Wright, G.A., Osborne, Clark, S.J. Swain, J.L., Haughton, A.J. (2017). Oilseed rape (Brassica napus) as a resource for farmland insect pollinators: quantifying floral traits in conventional varieties and breeding systems Global Change Biology Bioenergy 9: 1370-1379 • Skellern, M. P. et al & Cook S. M. (2017) Meteorological and landscape influences on pollen beetle immigration into oilseed rape crops. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 241: 150-159 • Ferguson A.W. et al., & Cook, S. M. (2016) The potential of decision support systems to improve risk assessment for pollen beetle management in winter oilseed rape. Pest Management Science 72(3):609-617. •Cook, S. M., Khan, Z. R., & Pickett, J. A. (2007). The use of push-pull strategies in integrated pest management. Annual Review of Entomology 25:375-400.