, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 119-120
Date: 18 Nov 2012

In memoriam David Stradling (1939–2012)

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David Stradling, myrmecologist, conservationist and science educator, died in August 2012. An entomologist by training, Dave was also an influential conservationist through his work with the Whitely Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Born in Bristol in the West Country of England, Dave trained at Bangor University and went on to work for the Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control (CIBC) in Switzerland and Argentina. He later worked at the University of the West Indies, in his beloved Trinidad, where he married and had a daughter. After 8 years, Dave returned to the West Country to work for the remainder of his career at the University of Exeter. He published widely on entomology including the effects of magnetic fields on wood ants, the ecology of hawkmoths and the behavioural ecology of arboreal tarantulas, although he is best known for his work on leafcutting ants (Attini).

When I first met Dave, at an IUSSI meeting in London in 1998, it was not an auspicious ...