Prof. Rosemary Hails
Director of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Science
Professor Rosemary Hails MBE FSB
Science Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science
Senior Research Associate at Oxford University, Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University
Rosie was educated at Oxford University, receiving her BA Honours in Zoology. She then moved to Imperial College, where she studied for an MSc in Applied Entomology and then completed her PhD in insect population ecology. In later years she also completed five mathematical and statistical degree modules with the Open University.
After a couple of postdocs at Imperial, principally focused on the risk assessment of genetically modified plants, she moved back to Oxford in 1992 to take up a post at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (then the Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology) to study the ecology and risk assessment of genetically modified viruses.
Rosie Hails is currently Science Director for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). Her personal research interests include the trade-offs between provisioning and other ecosystem services from agricultural land, the valuation of ecosystem services, the persistence and transmission of insect pathogens, exploiting pathogens for biocontrol, the role of pathogens in regulating insect and plant populations, population ecology of feral crop plants and the risk assessment of genetically modified plants and viruses.
Rosie has recently been appointed as a member of the UK government’s ‘Natural Capital Committee’. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) where she chairs the public engagement subgroup and the post market monitoring subgroup. She is a member of council for the British Ecological Society (BES) and the Society of Biology (SB). In collaboration with the SB and the BES she founded the ‘Natural Capital Initiative’ (NCI) – an independent and inclusive forum which holds events focused on the Ecosystem Approach.
She is a senior research associate of Oxford University and a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University and she was awarded an MBE for services to environmental research in June 2000.
Key research interests
Rosie's personal research interests include:
Current professional activities
See also the NERC Open Research Archive.
White, S.M., Burden, J.P., Maini, P.K. and Hails, R.S. 2012. Modelling the within-host growth of viral infections in insects. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 312, 34-43. DOI: org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2012.07.022.
De Keyser, R., Shreeve, T.G., Breuker, C.J., Hails, R.S. and Schmitt, T. 2012. Polyommatus icarus butterflies in the British Isles: evidence for a bottleneck. Biological Journal of the Linnean 107, 123-136. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2012.01925.x
Hesketh, H., Gibbs, M., Breuker, C.J., Van Dyck, H., Turner E. and Hails, R.S. 2012. Exploring sub-lethal effects of exposure to a nucleopolyhedrovirus in the Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) butterfly. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 109, 165-168.
Perry, J.N., Devos, Y., Arpaia, S., Bartsch, D., Ehlert, C., Gathmann, A., Hails, R.S., Hendriksen, N.B., Kiss, J., Messéan, A., Mestdagh, S., Neemann, G., Nuti, M., Sweet, J.B. and Tebbe C.C. 2012. Estimating the effects of Cry1F Bt-maize pollen on non-target Lepidoptera using a mathematical model of exposure. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 29-37. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02083.x
Devos, Y., Hails, R.S., Messéan, A., Perry, J., Squire, G.R. 2012. Feral genetically modified herbicide tolerant oilseed rape from seed import spills: are concerns scientifically justified? Transgenic Research, 21, 1-21. DOI: 10.1007/s11248-011-9515-9
Hails, R.S. 2011. What information is requested to assess potential changes in persistence and invasiveness of GM plants? Aspects of Applied Biology 110, 57-59.
Hails, R.S. 2011. New weapon to save our environment. The Guardian, Friday 10th June 2011.
Leggett, H.C., Jones, E.O., Burke, T., Hails, R.S., Sait, S.M., and Boots, M. 2011. Population genetic structure of the winter moth, Operophtera brumata, in the Orkney Isles suggests long distance dispersal. Ecological Entomology, 36 (3), 318-325.
Perry, J.N., Devos, Y.,. Arpaia, S,. Bartsch, D., Gathmann, A., Hails, R.S., Kiss, J., Lheureux, K., Manachini, B., Mestdagh, S., Neemann, G., Ortego, F., Schiemann J. and Sweet J. B. 2011. The usefulness of a mathematical model of exposure for environmental risk assessment. Proc Roy Soc B, 278, 982-984. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2085
Roy, H.E., Hesketh, H., McCracken, M. and Hails, R.S. 2010. Are pathogens relevant to insect conservation? British Wildlife 22, 94-100.
Gibbs, M., Breuker, C.J., Hesketh, H., Hails, R.S. and Van Dyck, H. 2010. Maternal effects and offspring immune defence in the Speckled Wood butterfly, Parage aegeria. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 10, 345.
Hesketh, H. Roy, H.E., Eilenberg, J. Pell, J.K. and Hails, R.S. 2010. Modelling complexity: Entomopathogenic fungi in semi-natural populations of insects. BioControl 55, 55–73.
Perry, J.N., Devos, Y.,. Arpaia, S,. Bartsch, D., Gathmann, A., Hails, R.S., Kiss, J., Lheureux, K., Manachini, B., Mestdagh, S., Neemann, G., Ortego, F., Schiemann J. and Sweet J. B. 2010. A mathematical model of exposure of non-target Lepidoptera to Bt-maize pollen expressing Cry1Ab within Europe Proc. R. Soc. B., 277, 1417-1425. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2009.2091