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Prof Linton Winder

Research Fellow
School of Environmental and Animal Sciences
Location: Building 115, Room 1039

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.
Member of the New Zealand Entomological Society.
Member of the British Ecological Society.


Linton is an ecologist and entomologist. Main research interests include conservation biological control (using naturally occurring insects to control pests in crops) and the distribution of Coleoptera in tropical forest systems. Linton has spent most of his career in academia, having worked at the universities of Bournemouth, Plymouth and Exeter in the UK and the University of the South Pacific in the Fiji Islands. Teaching interests include quantitative methods, ecological theory and conservation management.

Linton is particularly interested in the way predatory beetles respond spatially and temporally to their prey. He has worked closely with statisticians (Professor Joe Perry, Dr Kelvin Conrad and Dr Colin Alexander) who have developed novel methods for characterising  spatial distributions of insects using a system called SADIE (Spatial Analysis by Distance Indices).

You can find out more about these methods by visiting Kelvin Conrad’s website: (

Linton also works closely with the Institute of Applied Sciences at the University of the South Pacific, collaborating with Professor Bill Aalbersberg, Marika Tuiwawa and Hilda Waqa-Sakiti on projects investigating the distribution of beetles within the Fiji Islands.


Morley, C., & Winder, L. (2015). The vulnerability of skinks to predation by introduced mongoose in the Fiji Islands. Pacific Science (Vol. 69).

Morley, C., and Winder, L. (2014). Can we ensure the long-term survival of skinks on Fijian Islands? Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Conference, 7-11 July 2014, University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Reynolds, C., Er, O., Winder, L., and Blanchon, D. (2014). Distribution and community composition of lichens on mature mangroves (Avicennia marina subsp. australasica) in New Zealand. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Palmerston North, 16-21 November 2014.

Winder, L., Alexander, CJ, Woolley, C., Perry, JN, and Holland, JM (2014). Cereal Aphid Colony Turnover and Persistence in Winter Wheat. PLOSOne (Vol. •DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106822).

Morley, C., and Winder, L. (2013). The effect of the small Indian mongoose (Urva auropunctatus), island quality and habitat on the distribution of native and endemic birds on small islands within Fiji. 26th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 21-25, 2013.

Waqa-Sakiti, H., Aguilar, G., and Winder, L. (2013). Ensemble species distribution modelling of Coleoptera in Viti Levu, Fiji. .

Wang, J., McLenachan, P.J., Biggs, P.J., Winder, L. H., Schoenfeld, B.I.K., Narayan, V.V., Phiri, B.J., and Lockhart, P.J. (2013). Environmental bio-monitoring with high-throughput sequencing. Briefings in Bioinformatics, doi: 10.1093/bib/bbt032.

Morley, C.G., and Winder, L. (2013). The Effect of the Small Indian Mongoose (Urva auropunctatus), Island Quality and Habitat on the Distribution of Native and Endemic Birds on Small Islands within Fiji. Plos One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053842 (Vol. 8).

Winder, L., Alexander, C. J., Woolley, C., Perry, J. N., and Holland, J. M. (2013). The spatial distribution of canopy- resident and ground-resident cereal aphids (Sitobion avenae and Metopolophium dirhodum) in winter wheat. Arthropod-Plant Interactions (Vol. 7 (1)).

Waqa-Sakiti, H., and Winder, L. (2012). Diversity and distribution of forest canopy Coleoptera on eastern Viti Levu, Fiji Islands. Pacific Conservation Biology (Vol. 18).

Thomas, N., Morrison , C., Winder, L., and Morley, C. (2011). Spatial distributions and habitat preferences of co-occurring vertebrate species: Case study of an endangered frog and an introduced toad in Fiji. Pacific Conservation Biology (Vol. 17(1)).

Florens, F. B. V., Mauremootoo , J. R., Fowler, S. V., Winder, L., and Baider, C. (2010). Recovery of indigenous butterfly community following control of invasive alien plants in a tropical island's wet forests. Biodiversity & Conservation (Vol. 19 (14)).

Winkworth , R., Winder, L., and Lockhart, P. (2009). Molecular Systematics: applying genetic tools to studies of Pacific biodiversity. Melanesian Geo (Vol. Jan-April).

Smith, B.M., Diaz, A., Daniels, R., Winder, L., and Holland , J.M. (2009). Regional and ecotype traits in Lotus corniculatus L, with reference to restoration ecology. Restoration Ecology (Vol. 17).

Griffiths, G.J.K., Alexander, C., Perry, J.N., Holland, J.M., Symondson, W.O.C., Kennedy, P.J., and Winder, L. (2008). Monoclonal antibodies reveal changes in predator efficiency with prey spatial pattern. Molecular Ecology (Vol. 17).

Morley, C., and Winder , L. (2007). The effect of mongoose on the distribution of native introduced birds in the Fiji Islands. .

Thomas, N., Winder, L., and Morrison, C. (2007). Determining the spatial associations of the Fiji ground frog and the cane toad on Viwa Island, Fiji using SADIE: Implications for conservation and management. .

Osborne, T., Lockhart, P.J., and Winder, L. (2007). Population genetics, landscape genetics and phylogeography of the Fiji frogs (Genus: Platymantis). .

Griffiths, G.J.K., Winder, L., Holland , J.M., Thomas, C.F.G., and Williams, E. (2007). The representation and functional composition of carabid and staphylinid beetles in different field boundary types at a farm-scale. Biological Conservation (Vol. 135).

Winder, LH, and Woiwod, I. (2007). Populations, Metapopulations: Elementary Units of IPM Systems (pages 65-86). In: Perspectives in Ecotheory and Integrated Pest Management, edited by M. Kogan and P.C. Jepson. Cambridge University Press, 9780521822138.

Griffiths, GJK, Winder, L., Perry, J., Alexander, C., and Holland , J. (2007). Feeding and movement of Poecilus cupreus in relation to distribution of aphid prey. .

Donovan, S.E., Griffiths, G.J.K., Homathevi, R., and Winder, L. (2006). The spatial pattern of soildwelling termites in primary and logged-over forest in Sabah, Malaysia. Ecological Entomology (Vol. 32).