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Alex Dittrich

Alex Dittrich

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Dr Alex Dittrich is a Senior Lecturer for BSc (Hons) Zoology at NTU's Brackenhurst Campus, who teaches on the Research Skills, Aquatic Zoology and Specimens and Collections modules.

Career overview

Alex is an Ecologist and Zoologist with a diverse background in science and education. He is passionate about zoology and animal conservation - particularly the often-undersold invertebrates, taking pride in sharing this passion with others.

Alex was previously a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where he completed a PhD in insect ecology. He then moved to the University of Cumbria to take up a post as a Senior Lecturer in zoology.

Alex welcomes enquiries from prospective research collaborators and potential students.

Research areas

Alex has a particular interest in insect ecology and conservation, as well as a special interest in the true bugs - in particular the leafhoppers and planthoppers.


Dittrich, A. D. K. and Helden, A.J. (2020) Can monophagous specialists mediate host plant choices in generalist planthoppers (Hemiptera: Delphacidae)? Ecological Entomology, 45: 1509-1512

Hardy, C., Sayyed, I., Leslie, A.D. and Dittrich, A.D.K. (2020). Effectiveness of insecticides, physical barriers and size of planting stock against damage by the pine weevil (Hylobius abietis). Crop Protection, 137, p.105307.

Mayhew, M., Danzy-Cramer, J., Dittrich, A.D.K, Armstrong, R. and Fenton, L. (2020). A new hotspot for Temminck’s Red Colobus (Piliocolobus badius temminckii) in The Gambia: the feasibility of a community approach to conservation. Primate Conservation, 34.

Kiddie, J., Bodymore, A. and Dittrich, A. (2017). Environmental Enrichment in Kennelled Pit Bull Terriers (Canis lupus familiaris). Animals, 7: 27.

Labonte D, Clemente CJ, Dittrich A, Kuo CY, Crosby AJ, Irschick DJ, Federle W. (2016) Extreme positive allometry of animal adhesive pads and the size limits of adhesion-based climbing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 9:201519459

For press on this article see: BBCUniversity of Cambridge

Dittrich A.D.K. Helden A.J. (2016) The community ecology of Ribautodelphax imitans (Ribaut, 1953) (Hemiptera: Delphacidae), a rare UK planthopper in a distinct grassland habitat. Entomologica Austriaca 23: 87-96

Helden A.J. & Dittrich A.D.K. (2016) Hemiptera community and species responses to grassland sward islets. Entomologica Austriaca 23: 19-28

Dittrich, A.D.K. & Helden, A.J (2012) Experimental cattle dung sward islets: The effect of dung islets on the composition of Araneae & Hemiptera grassland communities Insect Conservation and Diversity 5(1): 46-56 (Special issue on grassland conservation – selected paper) DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2011.00133.x

Recent conferences

Dittrich, A.D.K. (2022) The challenges of rewilding in urban areas and effective insect monitoring using undergraduate students. ENTO22 The Royal Entomological Society Annual Conference. Lincoln UK

Labonte, D., Clemente, C., Dittrich A.D.K & Federle, W. (2016) Allometry of adhesive pad area in climbing animals from mites to geckos. Society of Experimental Biology, Annual Symposium. [Oral presentation] Prague, Czech Republic

Dittrich, A.D.K & Helden, A.J. (2015) The ecology and conservation of Ribautodelphax imitans a rare insect in a distinct grassland habitat [Oral Presentation]. European Hemiptera Congress. Styria, Austria

Press expertise

Alex is experienced in working with the press on species reintroductions, biodiversity issues and perceptions of animals in the general public, as well as talking about contemporary zoology issues.