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Dr Peter Shaw

Dr Peter Shaw

Reader, Zoology

Department of Life Sciences



Ph.D., University of York, Ecology, 1985
B.A., Oxford University, Zoology, 1982

Research interests

1: Ecology and genetic diversity of UK collembola (springtails).
2: Colonisation patterns and conservation management of industrial wastes.

Research projects undertaken

Research Expertise

  • The ecology and taxonomy of Collembola (springtails).
  • The ecology and management of pulverised fuel ash (PFA), and other industrial wastes.
  • The application of multivariate analyses.
  • General identification of UK flora and wildlife.

Membership of professional bodies

British Ecological Society

Consultancy experience

Collembola ID, PFA management

Consultancies undertaken

  • April 2013 Collembola survey of Dundreggan estate, Scotland on behalf of "Trees for Life".
  • Jacobs Engineering (advice on Cottam Power station PFA management) 2006.
  • Royal Parks 2003-2006: Monitoring soils and vegetation around Pen Ponds car park after changes to path layout.
  • Lee Valley Park Authority 2003 (management of old PFA orchid areas).

Teaching interests

Teaching Expertise:

  • Research methods at all levels from 2nd year to PhD.
  • Residential undergraduate field courses.
  • Invertebrate zoology.
  • Plant Biology.
  • Conservation/biodiversity.
  • General plant biology.

Taught courses


Biological Sciences,


MRes Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation




Shaw PJA (2013).  The use of inert pads to study the Collembola of suspended soils.  Soil Organisms 85 (1), 69-74.

Barnett A. Shaw PJA, Sprinello AR, Maclarnon A & Ross C (2012).  Sleeping site selection by golden-backed uacaris, Cacajao melanocephalus ouakary (Pitheciidae), in Amazonian flooded forests.  Primates.  DOI 10.1007/s10329-012-0296-4.

Shaw PJA, Dunscombe M. & Robertson A. (2012).  Collembola in the hyporheos of a karstic river: a new Collembolan community containing a new genus for the UK. Soil Organisms 83,3, 507-514.

Shaw PJA & Ozanne CMP (2012).  A calibration of the efficiency of Winkler funnels for extracting Collembola at different humidities.  Soil Organisms,83,3, 515-522.

Emerson BC,  CicconardiF, FanciulliPP, Shaw PJA (2011).  Phylogeny, phylogeography, phylobetadiversity and the molecular analysis of community structure.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366, 2391-2402.

Shaw PJA (2011)  Management of brownfield sites for biodiversity  Aspects of Applied Biology 108: 179-192.

Shaw PJA & Shackleton K (2011).  Carnivory in the Teasel Dipsacus fullonum – the effect of experimental feeding on growth and seed set.  PLoS PLoS ONE 6(3): e17935. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017935

McDermott MJ, Robertson AL, Shaw PJA & Milner AM (2010) The hyporheic assemblage of a recently formed stream following deglaciation in Glacier Bay, Alaska.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries Aquatic Science 67, 304-313.

Shaw PJA (2009).  Succession on the PFA/Gypsum Trial Mounds at Drax Power Station: The First Fifteen Years.  Journal of Practical Ecology and Conservation Vol. 8 (2) 1 - 13

Shaw PJA (2009). Soil and fertiliser amendments and edge effects on the floral succession of Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA). Restoration Ecology, in press.

Shaw PJA & Reeve N (2008). Influence of a parking area on soils and vegetation in an urban nature reserve. Urban Ecosystems 11: 107-120

Pinhasi R, Evered & Shaw PJA (2008). Evolutionary changes in the masticatory complex following transition to farming in the southern Levant. American Journal of Physical anthropology 135, 136-148.

Shaw PJA, Ozanne CMP, Speight M & Palmer I (2007). Edge effects and arboreal Collembola in coniferous plantations. Pedobiologia, 51, 287-293.

Cole, L., Bradford, MA, Shaw PJA & Bardgett D (2006). The abundance, richness and functional role of soil meso- and macrofauna in temperate grassland – a case study. Applied Soil Ecology 33, 186-198.

Pinhasi, R, Shaw, PJA and White, B (2006). Morbidity, Rickets and long bone growth in post-medieval Britain – a cross population analysis. Annals of Human Biology 33, 372-389.

Pinhasi R, Teschler-Nicola M, Knaus A & Shaw PJA (2005). A cross-population analysis of the growth of long bones and the os coxae of three early medieval Austrian populations. American Journal of Human Biology 17, 470-488

PJA Shaw, J Butlin & G Kibby (2004). Fungi of ornamental woodchips in Surrey. Mycologist 18, 12-15.

Shaw PJA, Kibby G & Mayes J (2003). Effects of thinning treatment on an ectomycorrhizal succession under Scots pine. Mycological Research 107, 317-328.

Shaw PJA (2003). Collembola of pulverised fuel ash sites in East London. European Journal of Soil Biology 39, 1-8.

Brierley, E.D.R., P.J.A. Shaw and M. Wood (2001) 'Nitrogen cycling and proton fluxes in an acid forest soil', Plant and Soil, 229, 83-96.

Brierley, E.D.R., M. Wood and P.J.A. Shaw (2001) 'Influence of tree species and ground vegetation on nitrification in an acid forest soil', Plant and Soil, 229, 97-104.

Shaw, P.J.A. (1998) 'Morphometric analyses of mixed dactlyorhiza colonies Orchidaceae) on industrial waste sites in England', Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 128, 385-401.

Shaw, P.J.A. (1998) 'Classic sites: Nob End, Bolton', British Wildlife, 10, 13-17

Shaw, P.J.A. (1998) 'Conservation Management of Industrial Wastes', Practical Ecology and Conservation, 2 13-18.

Shaw, P.J.A. (1997) 'Post-fire successions in Collembola on lowland heaths in South Eastern UK',Pedobiologia, 41, 40-47.

Shaw, P.J.A. and M.B. Usher (1996) 'Edaphic Collembola of lodgepole pine Pinus contorta plantations in Cumbria, UK', European Journal of Soil Biology, 32, 89-97

Shaw, P.J.A. (1996) 'Role Of Seedbank Substrates in the Revegetation of Fly Ash and Gypsum in the UK', Restoration Ecology, 4 (1), 61-69

 Bhatti, I., Ozanne, CMP & Shaw PJA (2013).  Parasitoids and parasitism rates of the horse chestnut leaf miner Cameraria ohridella Deschka and Dimic´ [Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae]

across four sites in south-west London.  Arboricultural Journal: The International Journal of Urban Forestry,

'Predation of Black-legged Kittiwake chicks Rissa tridactyla by a Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus: insights from time-lapse cameras'.  Collins, P., Green, J., Shaw, P.J.A. & Halsey, L. (2014).  Wilson Journal of Ornithology, in press.

Shaw, P.J.A, Faria C. & 2 & B. Emerson(2013).  Updating taxonomic biogeography in the light of new methods – examples from Collembola.  Soil Organisms 85: 161-170.

Pacioglu, O., Shaw P. & A. Robertson (2012): Patch scale response of hyporheic invertebrates to fine sediment removal in two chalk rivers. - Fundamental and Applied Limnology 181: 283–288.


Shaw, PJA (2003). Multivariate Statistics for the Environmental Sciences. Hodder Arnold.

Shaw, PJA (2000). The Acid tests. Innogy publications. ISBN: 0 9517172 5 1. Refereed publications

Dallimore T & Shaw PJA (2013).  Key to families of UK Collembola.  AIDAP: FSC.

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Department news

Are research results accurate? New work reveals why previous scientific principles are crumbling

The reliability and reproducibility of science are under scrutiny. Famous scientific findings from the past cannot be confirmed when the original studies are eventually re-examined, however new work by Dr Lewis Halsey and colleagues will help scientists understand why this happens.

Roehampton researcher confirms recent discovery of new springtail species in the UK

Dr Peter Shaw identified the first UK record of the luridly coloured springtail 'Bilobella braunerae' from specimens newly collected by Natural England staff. This was only described in 1981 from France, appeared in the Netherlands in 2007, and has now been found on a farm in Shropshire. We do not know how it gets around, and will use DNA barcoding to establish whether the UK and Netherlands animals are the same population.

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