Sustainable Pollination Services for UK Crops



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The Crop Pollination project is led by a world class team of researchers with expertise spanning a range of disciplines, including pollinator population ecology, honey bee biology, agro-ecology, landscape scale modelling and plant-pollinator interaction research. The team is based at several institutions of research excellence including the University of Reading, the University of Leeds and FERA. The research staff, their institutions and email addresses are listed below:

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Simon Potts



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Simon Potts is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between land use, biodiversity and ecosystem services, with particular emphasis on pollination and pest regulation, and developing evidence-based adaptation and mitigation options for policy and management applications. He coordinates a number of international projects including the EU FP7 project, Status and Trends of European Pollinators (www.STEP-project.net).
Mike Garratt



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Mike Garratt is a Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. His research interests include insect pollination ecology and crop production, effects of agricultural systems on pests and natural enemies, trophic influences of soil fertility in agricultural systems, and cereal aphid ecology.
Duncan Coston



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Duncan Coston is a Research Technician in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. His research interests include insect foraging and navigation behaviour, crop-pollinator interactions, communication within social insects and conflict resolution in social animals.
Louise Truslove



Louise Truslove is a Research Technician in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. Her research interests include the ecology and behaviour of pollinators, particularly hoverflies and solitary bees, and the effects of climate change on wild pollinators and crops.
Tom Breeze



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Tom Breeze is a Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. His research interests include the social and economic benefits of biodiversity, ecosystem service management, public attitudes towards wildlife, conservation policy, and crop pollination. His current research is on quantifying the economic value of pollinators and pollination services in the changing agricultural landscape of the UK.
Robin Dean



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Robin Dean is a visiting Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. His research interests include honeybees, managed pollination systems, and the use of pollinators other than honeybees in commercial agriculture.
Stuart Roberts



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Stuart Roberts is a senior research fellow in the Department of Agriculture at the University of Reading, working on all aspects of bee biology and ecology, and the ecosystem services they provide. His interest in bees began some 25 years ago when he was a school teacher in Dorset. He has been a very active member of the UK Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society (BWARS) and has been serving as Chairman since 2005. His experience includes working on projects in Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Libya, the Middle East and India, as well as acting as a consultant to the FAO.

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Koos Biesmeijer



Koos Biesmeijer is a lecturer in the School of Biology at the University of Leeds. His research interests are primarily in the ecology and behaviour of temperate and tropical pollinators, particularly bees (stingless bees, honey bees) and hoverflies. His first line of research is the interaction between plants and pollinators both in Europe and in the Neotropics (mainly Brazil). Within the EU-ALARM-project his role is to repeat historical observations of plant-pollinator interactions in order to assess whether and how things have changed over the last century and which factors (climate change, land use change or others) might be responsible for these changes. His second line of research concerns the behavioural ecology of social bees, unravelling how hundreds of poorly-informed worker bees are capable of coordinated and seemingly intelligent collective behaviour. His work has recently concentrated on collective foraging behaviour and community ecology in stingless bees (Costa Rica and Brazil) and on dance communication in honey bees.
Chiara Polce



Chiara Polce is a spatial ecologist with a genuine interest in biodiversity conservation. Her academic background includes general biology, natural resources management, geographic information systems and remote sensing. Her knowledge and skills within these areas were developed through academic education and work experiences with international NGOs. In particular, she is interested in the integration of these disciplines to understand how natural and human-mediated events affect biodiversity and ecosystem services. She aims to provide procedures and information that can assist when setting up strategies to ensure the long term sustainability of biodiversity.
Martin Lappage



Martin Lappage is a Research Technician within the School of Biology at the University of Leeds. He leads and coordinates the fieldwork on the northern sites, the local flight cage experiments, the associated laboratory work and communication with colleagues working on the project at Reading.
Andy Challinor



Andy Challinor is Professor of Climate Impacts at the University of Leeds. His research focusses principally on using climate modelling and process studies to understand food production and food security, treatments of uncertainty and managing risk, and climate-resilient pathways and adaptation. His aim is to contribute significantly to the knowledge and policy base for sustainably strengthening the food security and health of populations vulnerable to climate variability and change.
Ayenew Endalew



Ayenew Endalew is a Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. He is investigating the impact of climate variability on crop production. He uses and develops process-based large area crop models for use in the UK, mainly General Large Area Models (GLAM) for annual crops developed and used by the Universities of Leeds and Reading (Challinor et al. 2004). The model is applied to three annual crops in the UK (field beans, oilseed rape and strawberry) to assess future crop productivity. He will also use climate envelope models to assess the productivity of perennial crops, particularly on apple orchards. The final target of the study is to combine model outputs with socio-economic and environmental data in order to project future cropping patterns. This will in turn contribute to projections of future pollination services in the UK.
Mette Termansen



Mette Termansen is a Professor in Environmental Economics with expertise in Ecosystem Service Modelling and Valuation. In the Sustainable Crop Pollination for UK Crop project, Mette Termansen supervises (i) the work on modeling the Pollination Service distribution and (ii) the integrated modeling of pollination service supply and demand, analysing potential mitigation options to avoid potential service deficits.

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Giles Budge



Giles Budge is the research coordinator for the National Bee Unit at the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera). Giles has 16 years experience conducting applied research across three national organisations and a background in plant and insect pathology. He is particularly interested in using molecular methods and modelling processes to investigate the biology of study organisms and is currently leading a project funded under the Insect Pollinator Initiative to study the transmission of bee disease. Giles encourages collaboration with academic partners and currently has research grants with 7 different UK Universities, supervises 5 PhD students and is active in many international collaborations
Nigel Boatman



Nigel Boatman is Head of Agri-Environment at the Food and Environment Research Agency.  He is an agricultural ecologist and formerly ran a research and demonstration farm for the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust before joining FERA.  His research interests centre on the environmental impacts of agriculture and their mitigation, including socio-economic factors influencing farmers’ decision-making with respect to environmental issues.  He has advised policy makers on design and evaluation of agri-environment schemes and the Campaign for the Farmed Environment.  Methods employed by his group include field ecology survey, GIS and spatial modelling, farmer surveys and economic analysis.
Andy Crowe



Andrew Crowe is a Senior Land Use Change Scientist at Fera. He completed his PhD at the University of York in 2004 and subsequently worked on projects in the RELU, Countryside Survey and NEA programmes before joining FERA. His work has mostly focused on the spatial analysis of socio-environmental data. Andrew currently works on a number of projects that involve land use and the application of spatial analysis, and as part the Crops project has been involved with developing maps of cropping, pesticide risk and honey bee forager distribution.
Kate Somerwill



Kate Somerwill is a Land use Change Scientist working in the Land Use and Sustainability team at FERA. During her Masters at the University of York she focussed heavily on spatial data analysis and processing and has worked in the UK and Europe. She is a GIS specialist and has interests in the environmental impacts of changing land use, especially on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and in the spatial modelling of issues relating to land use.


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