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Dr Henry Disney

Departments and Institutes


Research Interests

In my ‘retirement’ I concentrate on advancing knowledge of the natural histories of scuttle flies – the family of insects with a greatest diversity of larval habits.

Other Professional Activities

  • 1971 to 1984, in charge of the Malham Tarn NNR, Yorkshire
  • 1975 - 1981 Ministerial Appointee on Yorkshire Dales National Park Committee of North Yorkshire County Council
  • 1979 - 2013 Co-founder and co-editor (with Dr. S. A. Corbet) of Naturalists'  Handbooks (Cambridge University Press / Richmond Publishing Co. Ltd/ Company of Biologists), Pelagic Publishing).
  • 1985 - 1990 Wicken Fen Management Committee (National Trust)

Key Publications

Disney, R. H. L., 1968a. Observations on a zoonosis: Leishmaniasis in British Honduras. Journal of Applied Ecology 5: 1-59.

Disney, R. H. L., 1971a. Association between blackflies (Simuliidae) and prawns (Atyidae), with a discussion of the phoretic habit in Simuliids. Journal of Animal Ecolology 40: 83-92.

Disney, R. H. L., 1986g. Assessments using invertebrates: posing the problem. Chapter 12: 271-293. In Usher, M. B. (Ed.). Wildlife Conservation Evaluation. Chapman and Hall, London. 394pp.  ISBN 0 412 26750 0.

Disney, R. H. L., 1994d. Scuttle Flies: The Phoridae. London, Chapman & Hall. xii + 467 pp. ISBN 0 412562520 X. [Archived by Springer Book Archives -]

Disney, R. H. L., 1999c. British Dixidae (Meniscus Midges) and Thaumaleidae (Trickle Midges): Keys with Ecological Notes. Freshwater Biological  Association, Scientific Publications 56: 1-129.  ISBN 0 900386 60 6.

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