Dr Alan Warren

Portrait2009
  • Researcher
  • Life Sciences department
  • Genomics and Microbial Biodiversity Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Autobiography

Present position

I am Researcher (Band 3) in the Protozoa Research Group of the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum.

I am also responsible for the curation of the Protozoa collection, including registration of specimens and processing of loans.  The collection can be searched on-line at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/research-curation/research/projects/protists/

Qualifications

1983 University of Surrey, UK - PhD

1977 University of Surrey, UK - BSc (Hons)

Professional Roles

Editorial boards

1993 - 1997                  FEMS Microbiology Letters

1997 - present              Systematics Association (Editor-in-Chief)

1999 - present              Protozoological Monographs

2005 - present              European Journal of Protistology

 

 

Honorary appointments

1982 - present             Associate Lecturer, University of Surrey

1989 – 2001                Member of Technical Practices Committee, Water Environment Federation

1992 – 1996                Secretary, British Section of the Society of Protozoologists

1995 – 1996                Protozoological Representative, UK National Committee for Microbiology

1996 – present            Member of Council, Systematics Association

2001 – 2004                Committee Member, British Section of the Society of Protozoologists

2009 – present            Nominating Committee, International Society of Protistology

2009 – present            Vice President, British Society of Protist Biology

Research

Interests

  • The systematics of ciliated protozoa (ciliates)
  • The biodiversity of marine ciliates
  • The use of ciliates as bioindicators of environmental quality

   

Main projects

  • Free-living marine ciliates of Jiaozhou Bay, China: systematics, biodiversity and use as indicators of marine water quality. Collaborating institute: Ocean University of China. Darwin Initiative Project 14-015
  • The diversity and systematics of marine ciliates in Chinese mangroves. Collaborating institutes: Ocean University of China and South China Normal University. Royal Society Joint Project 2008/R3
  • An atlas of ciliated protozoa commonly found in aerobic sewage-treatment processes: an aid to monitor treatment-plant performance. Collaborating institute: University of Barcelona.
  • An atlas of ciliated protozoa commonly found in aerobic sewage-treatment processes: an aid to monitor treatment-plant performance. Collaborating institute: University of Barcelona.

Publications

Books

Song, W., Warren, A. and Hu, X (Eds) 2009. Free-living Ciliates in the Bohai and Yellow Sea, China. Science Press, Beijing, China, 518 pp.

Coombs, G.H., Vickerman, K., Sleigh, M.A. and Warren, A. (Eds) 1998.  Evolutionary Relationships Among Protozoa.  Kluwer Academic, The Netherlands, 464 pp.

 

Selected book chapters

Warren, A., Salvado, H., Curds, C.R. and Roberts, D.McL. Protozoa in activated sludge. In R. Serviour and P.H. Nielsen (Eds) The Microbiology of Activated Sludge, IWA Press, London, UK (in press).

Day, J.G., Achilles-Day, U., Brown, S. and Warren, A. 2007.  Cultivation of algae and protozoa.  In:  C.J. Hurst et al. (Eds), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, ASM Press, Washington, pp. 79-92

Warren, A. and Curds, C.R.  2001.  Protozoa.  In:  R.G Schuyler et al. (Eds) Wastewater Microbiology: The Microlife, Water Environment Federation, Alexandria. pp. 46-60.

 

Web publications

Curds, C.R., Warren, A., Salvado, H. and Roberts, D. 2009. An atlas of Ciliated Protozoa commonly found in aerobic sewage-treatment processes. An aid to monitor treatment-plant performance

http://ciliateguide.myspecies.info/

 

Song, W., Warren, A. and Hu, X. 2009. Free-living Ciliates of the Bohai and Yellow Sea.

http://www.qdsld.com/sw/asp/

 

Recent peer-reviewed articles

2009

Shao, C., Song, W., Warren, A. and Al-Rasheid, K.A.S. 2009. Morphogenesis of Kiitricha marina Nozawa, 1941 (Ciliophora, Spirotrichea), a possible model for the ancestor of hypotrichs s.L. European Journal of Protistology (in press)

Gong, J., Stoeck, T., Yi, Z., Miao, M., Zhang, Q., Roberts, D.McL., Warren, A. and Song, W. 2009. Small subunit rRNA show that the class Nassophorea is not monophyletic (Phylum Ciliophora). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 56: 339-347

Ji, D., Xu, H., Choi, J.K., Warren, A. and Song, W. 2009. Taxonomic characterization of three marine peritrichous ciliates from China: Zoothamnium alrasheidi spec. nov., Z. marinum Kahl, 1933 and Z. vermicola Precht, 1935 (Ciliophora: Peritrichia). Acta Protozoologica 48: 171-183.

Yi, Z., Song, W., Gong, J., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K. A. S., Al-Arifi, S. and Al-Khedhairy, A. A. 2009. Phylogeny of six oligohymenophoreans (Protozoa, Ciliophora) inferred from small subunit rRNA gene sequences. Zoologica Scripta 38: 323-331.

Song, W., Shao, C., Yi, Z., Li, L., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K. and Yang, J. 2009. The morphology, morphogenesis and SSrRNA gene sequence of a new marine ciliate, Diophrys apoligothrix spec. nov. (Ciliophora; Euplotida). Euopean Journal of Protistology 45: 38-50.

Wang, Y., Song, W., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Al-Quraishy, S.A., Al-Farraj, S.A., Hu, X. and Pan, H. 2009. Descriptions of two new marine scuticociliates, Pleuronema sinica n. sp. and P. wilberti n. sp.  (Ciliophora: Scuticociliatida), from the Yellow Sea, China. European Journal of Protistology 45: 29-37.

 

2008

Wang, Y., Miao, M.,Zhang, Q., Gao, S., Song, W., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Warren, A. and Ma, H. 2008. Three marine interstitial scuticociliates, Schizocalyptra similis sp. n., S. sinica sp. n. and Hippocomos salinus Small and Lynn, 1985 (Ciliophora: Scuticociliatida), isolated from Chinese coastal waters. Acta Protozoologica 47: 377-387.

Li, L., Song, W., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Warren, A., Roberts, D., Gong, J., Zhang, Q., Wang, Y. and Hu, X. 2008. Two discocephalid ciliates, Paradiscocephalus elongatus nov. gen., nov. spec. and Discocephalus ehrenbergi Dragesco, 1960, from the Yellow Sea, China (Ciliophora, Hypotrichida, Discocephalidae). Acta Protozoologica 47: 353-362.

Chen, X., Miao, M., Song, W., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Al-Farraj, S.A. and Al-Quraishy, S.A. 2008. Redescriptions of two poorly known marine suctorian ciliates, Ephelota truncata Fraipont, 1878 and Ephelota mammillata Dons, 1918 (Protozoa, Ciliophora, Suctoria), from Qingdao, China. Acta Protozoologica 47: 247-256.

Xu, H., Song, W., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Al-Farraj, S.A., Gong, J. and Hu, X. 2008. Planktonic protist communities in a semi-closed mariculture pond: structural variation and correlation with environmental conditions. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 88:1353-1362

Chen, S., Song, W., Li, L., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S. and Lin, X. 2008. Systematic position of Discocephalus-like ciliates (Ciliophora: Spirotrichea) inferred from ontogenetic and SS rRNA gene information. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 58: 2962-2972.

Yi, Z., Song, W., Shao, C., Warren, A., AL-Rasheid, K.A.S., Roberts D.McL., Miao, M., AL-Quraishy, S.A. and Chen, Z. 2008. Phylogeny of some systematically uncertain urostyloids – Apokeronopsis, Metaurostylopsis, Thigmokeronopsis (Protozoa, Ciliophora, Stichotrichia) estimated with small subunit rRNA gene sequence information: discrepancies and agreements with morphological data. European Journal of Protistology 44: 254-262.

Li, L., Song, W., Warren, A., Shin, M.K., Chen, Z., Ji, D. and Sun, P. 2008. Reconsideration of the phylogenetic positions of five peritrich genera, Vorticella, Pseudovorticella, Zoothamnopsis, Zoothamnium, and Epicarchesium (Ciliophora, Peritrichia, Sessilida), based on small subunit rRNA gene sequences. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 55: 448-456.   

Hu, X, Warren A, Song W.  2008. Stomatogenesis and morphological re-description of the marine ciliate, Philasterides armatalis (Protozoa: Ciliophora: Scuticociliatida).  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 88: 29-34.

Li, L., Hu, X., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Al-Farraj, S.A., Shao, C., Song W. 2008. Divisional morphogenesis in the marine ciliate Anteholosticha manca (Kahl, 1932) Berger, 2003 (Ciliophora: Urostylida). Acta Oceanolica Sinica 27: 157-163.

Yi, Z., Chen, S., Warren, A., Roberts, D. Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Miao, M., Gao, S., Shao, C., Song, W. 2008.  Molecular phylogeny of Pseudokeronopsis (Protozoa, Ciliophora, Urostylida), with reconsideration of three closely related species on inter- and intra-specific levels inferred from the small subunit ribosomal RNA gene and the ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 region sequences. Journal of Zoology 275: 268-275

Wang, Y., Song, W., Hu, X., Warren, A., Chen, S. and Al-Rasheid, K.A.S. 2008.  Descriptions of two new marine species of Pleuronema, P. czapikae sp. n. and P. wiackowskii sp. n. (Ciliophora: Scuticocilatida), from the Yellow Sea, North China.  Acta Protozoologica 47: 35-45.

Xu, D., Sun, P., Song, W. and Warren, A. 2008. Studies on a new endocommensal ciliate, Strombidium foissneri nov. sp. (Ciliophora, Oligotrichida), from the intestine of the sea urchin Hemicentrotus pulcherrimus (Camarodonta, Echinoida). Denisia 23: 273-278.

Li, L., Yi, Z., Song, W., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Al-Farraj, S.A., Al-Quaraishy,  S.A., Zhang, Q., Hu, X., Zhu, M. and Ma, H. 2008. Redesriptions and SSrRNA gene sequence analyses of two marine species of Aspidisca (Ciliophora, Euplotida), with notes on the morphogenesis in A. orthopogon. Acta Protozoologica 47: 83-94.

Lin, X., Li, J., Gong, J., Warren, A. and Song, W. 2008. Taxonomic studies on three marine pleurostomatid ciliates, Litonotus bergeri nov. spec., L. blattereri nov. spec. and L. petzi nov. spec. (Ciliophora, Pleurostomatida) from northern China seas. European Journal of Protistology 44: 91-102.

Li, L., Song, W., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Roberts, D., Yi, Z., Al-Farraj, S.A. and Hu, X. 2008. Morphology and morphogenesis of a new marine cilate, Apokeronopsis bergeri nov. spec. (Ciliophora, Hypotrichida) from the Yellow Sea, China. European Journal of Protistology 44: 208-219.

Miao. M., Warren, A., Song W., Wang, S., Shang, H. and Chen, Z. 2008. Analysis of the Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 (ITS2) region of scuticociliates and related taxa (Ciliophora, Oligohymenophorea) to infer their evolution and phylogeny. Protist 159: 519-533.

Shao, C., Miao, M, Song, W. Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., and Al-Farraj, S.A. 2008. Studies on two marine Metaurostylopsis spp. from China with notes on morphogenesis in M. sinica nov spec. (Ciliophora, Urostylida). Acta Protozoologica 47: 95-112.  

Chen, X.R., Song, W., Warren, A., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S., Al-Farraj, S.A. and Gong, J. 2008. Redefinitions of two marine suctorian ciliates, Ephelota gemmipara (Hertwig, 1876) Butschli, 1889 and E. crustaceorum Haller, 1880 (Ciliophora, Suctoria), with a brief description of the asexual reproduction process in E. gemmiparaActa Protozoologica 47: 13-124.

2009
  • Curds, C.R., Warren, A., Salvado, H. and Roberts, D. ( 2009 ) . An atlas of Ciliated Protozoa commonly found in aerobic sewage-treatment processes. An aid to monito
  • Gong J, Stoeck T, Yi Z, Miao M Zhang Q, Roberts D.McL, Warren A. and Song W ( 2009 ) Small subunit rRNA show that the class Nassophorea is not monophyletic (Phylum Ciliophora). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 56 : 339-347 .
  • Ji D, Xu H, Choi J K, Warren A and Song W ( 2009 ) Taxonomic characterization of three marine peritrichous ciliates from China: Zoothamnium alrasheidi spec. nov., Z. marinum Kahl, 1933 and Z. vermicola Precht, 1935 (Ciliophora: Peritrichia). Acta Protozoologica 48 : 171-183 .
  • Shao C, Song W, Warren A and Al-Rasheid, K A S ( 2009 ) Morphogenesis of Kiitricha marina Nozawa, 1941 (Ciliophora, Spirotrichea), a possible model for the ancestor of hypotrichs s.L. European Journal of Protistology (in press) : .
  • Song W, Shao C, Yi Z, Li L, Warren A, Al-Rasheid K and Yang J ( 2009 ) The morphology, morphogenesis and SSrRNA gene sequence of a new marine ciliate, Diophrys apoligothrix spec. nov. (Ciliophora; Euplotida). European Journal of Protistology 45 : 38-50 .
  • Song, W., Warren, A. and Hu, X (Eds) ( 2009 ) Free-living Ciliates in the Bohai and Yellow Sea, China. . Science Press : Beijing , 518 pp .
  • Wang Y, Song W, Warren A, Al-Rasheid K A S, Al-Quraishy S A, Al-Farraj S A, Hu X and Pan H ( 2009 ) Descriptions of two new marine scuticociliates, Pleuronema sinica n. sp. and P. wilberti n. sp. (Ciliophora: Scuticociliatida), from the Yellow Sea, China. European Journal of Protistology 45 : 29-37 .
  • Warren, A., Salvado, H., Curds, C.R. and Roberts, D.McL ( 2009 ) Protozoa in activated sludge, In: The Microbiology of Activated Sludge, R. Serviour and P.H. Nielsen (Eds) . IWA Press : London , (in press) .
  • Yi Z, Song W, Gong J, Warren A, Al-Rasheid K A S, Al-Arifi S and Al-Khedhairy A A ( 2009 ) Phylogeny of six oligohymenophoreans (Protozoa, Ciliophora) inferred from small subunit rRNA gene sequences. Zoologica Scripta 38 : 323-331 .
2008
  • Chen S, Song W, Li L, Warren A, Al-Rasheid K A S. and Lin X ( 2008 ) Systematic position of Discocephalus-like ciliates (Ciliophora: Spirotrichea) inferred from ontogenetic and SS rRNA gene information. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 58 : 2962-2972 .
  • Chen X, Miao M, Song W, Warren A, Al-Rasheid, K A S, Al-Farraj S A and Al-Quraishy S A ( 2008 ) Systematic position of Discocephalus-like ciliates (Ciliophora: Spirotrichea) inferred from ontogenetic and SS rRNA gene information. Acta Protozoologica 47 : 247-256 .
  • Li L, Song W, Al-Rasheid K A S, Warren A, Roberts D, Gong J, Zhang Q, Wang Y and Hu X ( 2008 ) Two discocephalid ciliates, Paradiscocephalus elongatus nov. gen., nov. spec. and Discocephalus ehrenbergi Dragesco, 1960, from the Yellow Sea, China (Ciliophora, Hypotrichida, Discocephalidae). Acta Protozoologica 47 : 353-362 .
  • Li L, Song W, Warren A, Shin M K Chen Z, Ji D and Sun P ( 2008 ) Reconsideration of the phylogenetic positions of five peritrich genera, Vorticella, Pseudovorticella, Zoothamnopsis, Zoothamnium, and Epicarchesium (Ciliophora, Peritrichia, Sessilida), based on small subunit rRNA gene sequences. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 55 : 448-456 .
  • Wang Y, Miao M,Zhang Q, Gao S, Song W, Al-Rasheid K A S, Warren A and Ma H ( 2008 ) Three marine interstitial scuticociliates, Schizocalyptra similis sp. n., S. sinica sp. n. and Hippocomos salinus Small and Lynn, 1985 (Ciliophora: Scuticociliatida), isolated from Chinese coastal waters. Acta Protozoologica 47 : 377-387 .
  • Xu H, Song W, Warren A, Al-Rasheid K A S, Al-Farraj S A, Gong J and Hu X ( 2008 ) Planktonic protist communities in a semi-closed mariculture pond: structural variation and correlation with environmental conditions. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 88 : 1353-1362 .
  • Yi Z, Song W, Shao C, Warren A, AL-Rasheid K A S, RobertsD McL, Miao M, Al-Quraishy S A and Chen Z ( 2008 ) Phylogeny of some systematically uncertain urostyloids – Apokeronopsis, Metaurostylopsis, Thigmokeronopsis (Protozoa, Ciliophora, Stichotrichia) estimated with small subunit rRNA gene sequence information: discrepancies and agreements with morphological data. European Journal of Protistology 44 : 254-262 .
2007
  • Day, J.G., Achilles-Day, U., Brown, S. and Warren, A. ( 2007 ) . Cultivation of algae and protozoa., In: Manual of Environmental Microbiology, C.J. Hurst et al. (Eds) . ASM Press : Washington , 79-92 .
2001
  • Warren, A. and Curds, C.R. ( 2001 ) Protozoa, In: Wastewater Microbiology: The Microlife, R.G Schuyler et al. (Eds . Water Environment Federation : Alexandria , 46-60 .
1998