The University of ReadingSchool of Agriculture, Policy and Development

About CAER

Prof. Simon Potts   PROF. SIMON G. POTTS (FRES)

Professor of Biodiversity
and Ecosystem Services

Advisory Board:
Centre for Food Security

Room: GU 16, Agriculture building

Tel: +44 (0)118 378 6154

Large solitary bee, Anthophora freimuthi, feeding on nectar

1987 - 1991

1991 - 1995


1995 - 1998


1998 - 2002


2002 - 2007

2007 - 2011


2011 - date

BA, Queens College, Oxford University, UK

PhD, St Andrews University, UK

Postdoctoral Researcher, Suez Canal University, Egypt

Postdoctoral Researcher, Haifa University, Israel

Research Fellow, CIFOR, Costa Rica

Research Fellow, St Andrews University, UK

Visiting Research Fellow, Aegean University, Greece

Senior Research Fellow, University of Reading, UK

Principal Research Fellow, University of Reading, UK

Stapledon Trust Fellowship, CSIRO, Australia

Professor, University of Reading, UK


    • Understanding the relationship between land use, biodiversity and ecosystem services
    • Food security: role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in food production
    • Developing evidence-based adaptation and mitigation options for policy and management applications
    • Conservation of pollinators and management of pollination services
    • Environmental drivers of biodiversity and ecosystem services, including: land use change, climate change, agrochemicals, invasive species and socio-economic factors
    • Quantifying the economic and biodiversity value of pollination and other ecosystem services
    • Member of Soil Research at Reading



Research Fellows: PhD Students: Technicians: Project Administrators:
  • Mrs Celstein Derbyshire
  • Mrs Aamna Khan


PROJECTS - Current:
  • STEP: Status and Trends of European Pollinators (EU Framework 7)
  • SCALES: Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales (EU Framework 7)
  • LIBERATION: Linking Farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem Services for Effective Ecological Intensification (EU Framework 7)
  • Crops: Sustainable pollination services for UK crops (LWEC Insect Pollinator Initiative)
  • AgriLand: Linking agriculture and land use change to pollinator populations (LWEC Insect Pollinator Initiative)
  • Assessing and mitigating pollination deficit risk in supermarket supply chains (BBSRC Sparking Impact)
  • Impact Accelerator KE Fellow (NERC, Deepa Senapathi)
  • Pollinator Conservation Delivery Group (NERC, Knowledge Exchange Programme project)
  • Sustainable Agriculture Task Force (NERC, Knowledge Exchange Programme project)
  • Urban Pollinators: their ecology and conservation (LWEC Insect Pollinator Initiative)
  • Understanding the economic costs and benefits of beekeeping and pollination service delivery (C.B. Dennis Trust)
  • Landscape food webs: structure and function (NERC)
  • Carbon audit of soft fruit production systems (Waitrose, Berryworld Ltd and Hall Hunter Partnership)
  • EPI: European Pollinator Initiative
  • NCEAS: Restoring an ecosystem service to degraded landscapes: Native bees and crop pollination (NCEAS)
PROJECTS - Recently completed:
  • Managing ecosystem services to reduce poverty and vulnerability in East African coffee landscapes (LWEC: ESPA)
  • Sustainable delivery of pollination services to strengthen rural livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa (LWEC: ESPA)
  • ALARM: Assessing large-scale risks to biodiversity with tested methods (EU Framework 6)
  • Priority Habitats, Protected Sites and Climate Change: Three Investigations to Inform Policy and Management for Adaptation and Mitigation (Defra)
  • COCONUT: Understanding effects of land use changes on ecosystems to halt loss of biodiversity (EU Framework 6)
  • GEF: Conservation and management of pollinators for sustainable agriculture through an ecosystem approach (GEF)
  • Platforms: Dispersed platforms for biodiversity research: developing methods and networks for multi-scale research (UK PopNet)
  • SAFFIE: Sustainable arable farming for an improved environment (Defra LINK)
  • PEBIL: Potential to enhance biodiversity on intensive livestock farms (Defra)
  • Congo: Strengthening the National Biodiversity Strategy in Congo Brazzaville (Darwin Initiative)
  • India: Bees, biodiversity and forest livelihoods in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (Darwin Initiative)
  • Uganda: Conserving biodiversity in the modernising farmed landscapes of Uganda (Darwin Initiative)
  • TLinks: Restoration of biodiversity on ex-arable land (EU Framework 5)
  • Ghana: Rapid assessment of pollinator biodiversity in tropical forests (BES)
  • Greece: Impact of invasive plant species on native wild plants: Solanum species as a model system (EU Framework 6)
  • Scoping study to assess soil compaction affecting upland and lowland grassland in England and Wales (Defra)


UK Advisory Roles:

International Advisory Roles:

  • IPBES: Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - Co-Chair of the Global Pollinator Assessment
  • SUPER-B: Sustainable pollination in Europe - joint research on bees and other pollinatorsy: Management Committee
  • IUCN: Task force on declining pollinator services of the Species Survival Commission of the World Conservation Union - Steering committee member
  • European Commission, DG Environment (ENV), DG Research and Innovation (RTD), DG Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), and DG Health and Consumers (SANCO) - Advisor
  • EFSA: European Food Standards Authority - Advisor
  • European Parliament - Advisor
  • EEA: European Environment Agency - Advisor
  • FAO: Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations - Advisor
  • NAS: US National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council - Advisor
  • NSF: US National Science Foundation, African pollinator programme - Advisor
  • IPI: International Pollinator Initiative - Advisor
  • EPI: European Pollinator Initiative - Head of interim steering committee
  • CANPOLIN: Canadian Pollination Initiative – Scientific advisory board
  • API: African Pollinator Initiative - Advisor
  • ASPIRE: Augmenting speciality crop pollination through integrated research and education – Advisory board
  • GEF: Global Environment Facility project, Conservation and management of pollinators for sustainable agriculture through an ecosystem approach - Advisory board member
Editorial Roles:


  • RES: Royal Entomological Society - Fellow
  • BES: British Ecological Society - Member
  • EurBee: European Association for Bee Research - Member
  • BWARS: British Bee, Wasp and Ant Recording Society - Member


Links to most publications can be found here: CentAUR


Breeze T.D., Vaissière B.E. Bommarco R., Petanidou T., Seraphides N., Kozák L., Scheper J., Biesmeijer J.C., Kleijn D., Gyldenkærne S., Moretti M., Holzschuh A., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stout J.C., Pärtel M., Zobel M., Potts S.G.
(2014) Agricultural policies exacerbate pollination service supply-demand mismatches across Europe. PLoS ONE 9(1): e82996

Garratt M.P.D., Breeze T., Jenner N., Polce C., Biesmeijer J.C., Potts S.G. (2014) Avoiding a bad apple: insect pollination enhances fruit quality and economic value. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 184: 34-40

Garratt M.P.D., Coston D.J., Truslove C.L., Lappage M.G., Polce C., Dean R., Biesmeijer J.C., Potts S.G. (2014) The identity of crop pollinators helps target conservation for improved ecosystem services. Biological Conservation 169: 128-135

Polce C., Garratt M.P., Termansen M., Ramirez-Villegas J., Lappage M., Challinor A.J., Boatman N.D., Crowe A., Melese Endalew A., Potts S.G., Somerwill K.E., Biesmeijer J.C. (2014) Climate-driven spatial mismatches between British orchards and their pollinators: increased risks of pollination deficits. Global Change Biology in press doi: 10.1111/gcb.12577

Sandrock C., Tanadini L., Pettis J, Biesmeijer J.C., Potts S.G., Neumann P. (2014) Sublethal neonicotinoid insecticide exposure reduces solitary bee reproductive success. Agricultural and Forest Entomology in press doi: 10.1111/afe.12041

Bartomeus I., Potts S.G., Steffan-Dewenter I., Vaissière B.E., Woyciechowski M., Krewenka K.M., Tscheulin T., Roberts S.P.M., Szentgyörgyi H., Westphal C., Bommarco R. (2014) Contribution of insect pollinators to crop yield and quality varies with agricultural intensification. PeerJ in press doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.184v1

Breeze T.D., Bailey A.P., Balcombe K.G. and Potts S.G. (2014) Costing conservation: an expert appraisal of the pollinator habitat benefits of England's Entry Level Stewardship. Biodiversity and Conservation 5: 1193-1214

Bailey S., Requier F., Nusillard B., Roberts S.P.M., Potts S.G., Bouget C. (2014) Distance from forest edge affects bee pollinators in oilseed rape fields. Ecology and Evolution 4: 370-380

Vogiatzakis I.N., Stirpe M.T., Rickebusch S., Metzger M., Xu G., Rounsevell, M, Bommarco R., Potts, S.G. (2014) Rapid assessment of historic, future and current habitat quality for biodiversity around UK Natura 2000 sites. Environmental Conservation in press


Garibaldi L.A., Steffan-Dewenter I., Winfree R., Aizen M.A., Bommarco R., Cunningham S.A., Kremen C., Carvalheiro L.G., Afik O., Bartomeus I., Benjamin F., Cariveau D., Chacoff N.P., Dudenhöffer J.H., Freitas B., Greenleaf S., Harder L., Hipólito J., Holzschuh A., Howlett B., Isaacs R., Javorek S.K., Kennedy C., Krewenka K., Mandelik Y., Mayfield M.M., Motzke I., Munyuli T., Nault B.A., Otieno M., Petersen J., Pisanty G., Potts S.G., Rader R., Ricketts T.H., Rundlöf M., Seymour C., Schüepp C., Smitha K., Szentgyörgyi H., Taki H., Tscharntke T., Vergara C.H., Viana B.F., Wanger T.C., Westphal C., Williams N., Klein A.M. (2013) Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey-bee abundance. Science 339: 1608-1611

Bommarco R., Kleijn D., Potts S.G. (2013) Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 230-238

Kennedy C.M., Lonsdorf E., Neel M.C., Williams N.M., Ricketts T.H., Winfree R., Bommarco R., Brittain C., Burley A.L., Cariveau D., Carvalheiro L.G., Chacoff N.P., Cunningham S.A., Danforth B.N., Dudenhöffer J.H., Elle E., Gaines H.R., Gratton C., Garibaldi L.A., Holzschuh A., Isaacs R., Javorek S.K., Jha S., Klein A.M., Krewenka K., Mandelik Y., Mayfield M.M., Morandin L., Neame L.A., Otieno M., Park M., Potts S.G., Rundlöf M., Saez A., Steffan-Dewenter I., Taki H., Viana B.F., Westphal C., Wilson J.K., Greenleaf S.S., Kremen C. (2013) A global quantitative synthesis of local and landscape effects on wild bee pollinators in agroecosystems. Ecology letters 16: 584-599

Scheper J., Holzschuh A., Kuussaari M., Potts S.G., Rundlöf M., Smith H.G., Kleijn D. (2013) Environmental factors driving the effectiveness of European agri-environmental measures in mitigating pollinator loss – a meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 16: 912-920

Carvalheiro L.G., Kunin W.E., Keil P., Aguirre-Gutiérrez J., Ellis W.N., Fox R., Groom Q., Hennekens S., Landuy W.V., Maes D., Van de Meutter F., Michez D., Rasmont P., Ode B., Potts S.G., Reemer M., Roberts S.P.M., Schaminée J., WallisDeVries M.F., Biesmeijer J.C. (2013) Species richness declines and biotic homogenization have slowed down for NW-European pollinators and plants. Ecology Letters 16: 870-878

González-Varo J.P., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R., Potts S.G., Schweiger O., Smith H.G., Steffan-Dewenter I., Szentgyörgyi H., Woyciechowski M., Vilà M. (2013) Combined effects of global change pressures on animal-mediated pollination Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 524-530

Polce C., Termansen M., Aguirre-Gutiérrez J., Boatman N.D., Budge G.E., Crowe A., Garratt M.P., Pietravalle S., Potts S.G., Ramirez A.J., Somerwill K.E., Biesmeijer J.C. (2013) Species distribution models for crop pollination: a modelling framework applied to Great Britain. PLoS ONE 8(10): e76308. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076308

Tzanopoulos J., Mouttet R., Letourneau A., Vogiatzakis I.N., Potts S.G., Henle K., Mathevet R., Marty P. (2013) Scale sensitivity of drivers of environmental change across Europe. Global Environmental Change 23: 167–178

LeBuhn G., Droege S., Connor E.F., Gemmill-Herren B., Potts S.G., Minckley R.L., Griswold T., Jean R., Kula E., Roubik D.W., Cane J., Wetherill K., Frankie G., Parker F. (2013) Detecting insect pollinator declines on regional and global scales. Conservation Biology 27: 113–120

Vanbergen A.J., Baude M., Biesmeijer J.C., Britton N.F., Brown M.J.F., Brown M., Bryden J., Budge G.E., Bull J.C., Carvell C., Challinor A.J., Connolly C.N., Evans D.J., Feil E.J., Garratt M.P., Greco M.K., Heard M.S., Jansen V.A.A., Keeling M.J., Kunin W.E., Marris G.C., Memmott J., Murray J.T., Nicolson S.W., Osborne J.L., Paxton R.J., Pirk C.W.W., Polce C., Potts S.G., Priest N.K., Raine N.E., Roberts S., Ryabov E.V., Shafir S., Shirley M.D.F., Simpson S.J., Stevenson P.C., Stone G.N., Termansen M., Wright G.A. (2013) Threats to an ecosystem service: pressures on pollinators. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 251-259

Kunin W.E., Biesmeijer J.C., Carvalheiro L.G., Potts S.G., Vanbergen A.J. (2013) No bias behind pollinator research. Nature 502: 303

Shackelford G., Steward P.R., Benton T.G., Kunin W.E., Potts S.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Sait S.M. (2013) Comparison of pollinators and natural enemies: a meta-analysis of landscape and local effects on abundance and richness in crops. Biological Reviews 4: 1002-1021

Dicks L.V., Abrahams A., Atkinson J., Biesmeijer J.C., Bourn N., Brown C., Brown M., Carvell C., Connolly C., Cresswell J., Croft P., Darvill B., de Zylva P., Effingham P., Fountain M., Goggin A., Harding D., Harding T., Hartfield C., Heard M.S., Heathcote R., Heaver D., Holland J., Howe M., Hughes B., Huxley T., Kunin W.E., Little J., Mason C., Memmott J., Osborne J., Pankhurst T., Paxton R.J., Pocock M., Potts S.G., Power E., Raine N. Ranelagh E., Roberts S., Saunders R., Smith K., Smith R.M., Sutton P., Tilley L., Tinsley A., Tonhasca A., Vanbergen A.J., Webster S., Wilson A., Sutherland W.J. (2013) Identifying key knowledge needs for evidence-based conservation of wild insect pollinators: a collaborative cross-sectoral exercise. Insect Conservation and Diversity 6: 435-446

Garratt M.P.D., Truslove C.L., Coston D.J., Evans R.L., Moss E.D., Dodson C., Jenner N., Biesmeijer J.C., Potts S.G. (2013) Pollination deficits in UK apple orchards. Journal of Pollination Ecology vol. 11

Moron D., Szentgyörgyi H., Skórka P., Potts S.G., Woyciechowski M. (2013) Survival, reproduction and population growth of the bee pollinator, Osmia rufa (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), along gradients of heavy metal pollution. Insect Conservation and Diversity in press doi: 10.1111/icad.12040

Primmer, E., Paloniemi, R., Mathevet, R., Apostolopoulou, E., Tzanopoulos, J., Ring, I., Kettunen, M., Similä, J., Cent, J., Grodzinska-Jurczak, M., Koellner, T., Antunes, P., Pantis, J., Potts, S.G., Santos, R. (2013) An approach to analysing scale-sensitivity and scale-effectiveness of governance in biodiversity conservation. In: Padt, F.J.G., Opdam, P.F.M., Polman, N.B.P., Termeer, C.J.A.M. (eds.) Scale-sensitive governance of the environment. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.

Blake R.J., Woodcock B.A., Westbury D.B., Sutton P., and Potts S.G. (2013). Novel management to enhance spider biodiversity in existing grass buffer strips. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 15: 77-85

Varah A., Jones H., Smith J., Potts S.G. (2013) Enhanced biodiversity and pollination in UK agroforestry systems. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 93: 2073-2075

Jones H., Alhomedhi A., Bishop J., Brak B., Brown R., Lukac M., Roberts R., Varah A., Potts S.G. (2013) Diversity for Resilience: multi-scale application of agro-ecology Aspects of Applied Biology 121: xxx-xxx

Wickens V., Garratt M., Bailey A., Potts S.G. (2013) Cereal aphids and their natural enemies: responses to landscape composition and agri-environment schemes. Aspects of Applied Biology 121: 187-192


Moron D., Grzes I.M., Skórka P., Szentgyörgyi H., Laskowski R., Potts S.G., Woyciechowski M. (2012) Abundance and diversity of wild bees along gradients of heavy metal pollution. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 118-129

Hoiss B., Krauss J., Potts S.G., Roberts S., Steffan-Dewenter I. (2012) Altitude acts as an environmental filter on phylogenetic composition, traits and diversity in bee communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 4447–4456

Nielsen A. Dauber J., Kunin W.E., Lamborn E., Jaukerg B., Moora M, Potts S.G., Reitan T., Roberts S., Sõber V., Settele J., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stout J.C., Tscheulin T., Vaitis M, Vivarelli D., Biesmeijer J.C., Petanidou T. (2012) Pollinator community responses to the spatial population structure of wild plants: A pan-European approach. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 489–499

Blake R.J., Westbury D.B., Woodcock B.A., Sutton P., Potts S.G. (2012) Enhancement of buffer strips can improve provision of multiple ecosystem services. Outlooks on Pest Management 23: 258-262

Blake R.J., Westbury D.B., Woodcock B.A., Sutton P. & Potts S.G. (2012) Investigating the phytotoxicity of the graminicide fluazifop-P-butyl against native UK wildflower species. Pest Management Science 68: 412–421

Paloniemi R., Apostolopoulou E., Primmer E., Grodzinska-Jurczak M., Henle K., Ring I., Kettunen M., Tzanopoulos J., Potts S.G., van den Hove S., Marty P., McConville A., Similä J. (2012) Biodiversity conservation across scales: lessons from a science–policy dialogue. Nature Conservation 2: 7-19

Henle K., Bell S., Brotons L., Clobert J., Evans D., Gorg C., Grodzinska-Jurczak M., Gruber B., Haila Y., Henry P.Y., Huth A., Julliard R., Keil P., Kleyer M., Kotze D.J., Kunin W., Lengyel S., Lin Y.P., Loyau A., Luck G.W., Magnusson W., Margules C., Matsinos Y., May P., Sousa-Pinto I., Possingham H., Potts S.G., Ring I., Pryke J.S., Samways M.J., Saunders D., Schmeller D., Simila J., Sommer S., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stoev P., Sykes M.T., Tothmeresz B., Tzanopoulos J.,, Yam R. & Penev L. (2012) Nature Conservation – a new dimension in Open Access publishing bridging science and application. Nature Conservation 1: 1-10


Potts S.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R., Felicioli A., Fischer M., Jokinen P., Kleijn D., Klein A-M., Kunin W.E., Neumann P., Penev L.D., Petanidou T., Rasmont P., Roberts S.P.M., Smith H.G., Sorensen P.B., Steffan-Dewenter I., Vaissière B.E., Vilà M., Vuji? A., Woyciechowski M., Zobel M., Settele J. & Schweiger O. (2011) Developing European conservation and mitigation tools for pollination services: approaches of the STEP
(Status and Trends of European Pollinators) project. Journal of Apicultural Research 50: 152-164

Potts S.G., Lead author for ‘Pollination’ (Regulating Services) in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011).
For more information see UK NEA

Potts S.G., Contributing author for ‘Enclosed Farmland’ in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011).
For more information see UK NEA

Gallai N., Vaissiere B.E., Potts S.G., Salles J. (2011) Assessing the monetary value of global crop pollination services. In: Natural Capital: Theory and practice of mapping ecosystem services (Kareiva P., Tallis H., Ricketts T.H., Daily G.C. & Polasky S. eds. ). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Breeze T.D., Bailey A.P., Balcombe K.G., & Potts S.G. (2011) Pollination services in the UK: How Important are Honeybees? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 142: 137– 143

Sutherland W.J., Goulson D., Potts S.G., & Dicks L.V. (2011) Quantifying the impact and relevance of scientific research. PLoS ONE 6: 11, e27537

Garibaldi L.A., Steffan-Dewenter I, Kremen C, Morales J.M., Bommarco R., Cunningham S, Carvalheiro L., Chacoff N., Dudenhöffer J-H, Greenleaf S., Holzschuh A., Isaacs R., Krewenka K., Mandelik Y., Mayfield M., Morandin L., Potts S.G., Ricketts T., Szentgyörgyi H., Winfree R. & Klein A-M (2011) Stability of pollination services decreases with isolation from natural areas despite honey bee visits. Ecology Letters 14: 1062–1072

Brittain C.A. & Potts S.G. (2011) The potential impacts of insecticides on the life-history traits of bees and the consequences for pollination. Basic and Applied Ecology 12: 321-331

Blake, R.J., Woodcock, B.A., Westbury, D.B., Sutton, P., and Potts, S.G. (2011) Novel management to enhance spider biodiversity in existing buffer strips. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 140: 506-513

Nielsen A., Steffan-Dewenter I., Westphal C., Messinger O., Potts S.G., Roberts S.P.M., Settele J., Szentgyörgyi H., Vaissière B.E., Vaitis M., Woyciechowski M., Bazos I., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R., Kunin W.E., Tscheulin T., Lamborn E. & Petanidou T. (2011) Assessing bee species richness in two Mediterranean communities: importance of habitat type and sampling techniques. Ecological Research 26: 969-983

Blake, R.J., Woodcock, B.A., Ramsay, A.J., Pilgrim, E.S., Brown, V.K., Tallowin, J.R., and Potts, S.G. (2011) Novel margin management to enhance Auchenorrhyncha biodiversity in intensive grasslands. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 140: 506-513

Otieno M., Wilby A., Woodcock B.A., Vogiatzakis I.N., Mauchline A., Gikungu M. & Potts S.G. (2011) Local management and landscape drivers of pollination and biological control services in a Kenyan agro-ecosystem. Biological Conservation144: 2424–2431

Rickebusch S., Metzger M.J., Xua G., Vogiatzakis I.N., Potts S.G., Stirpe M.T. & Rounsevell M. (2011) A qualitative method for the spatial and thematic downscaling of land-use change scenarios. Environmental Science & Policy 14: 268-278

Roberts S.P.M, Potts, S.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Kuhlmann M. Kunin W.E., Ohlemüller R. (2011) Assessing continental- scale risks for generalist and specialist pollinating bee species under climate change. BioRisk 6:1-18

Nuttman C.V., Otieno M., Kwapong P.K., Combey R., Willmer P.G. & Potts S.G. (2011) Aerial pan-trapping: a method for assessing insect pollinators in tree canopies. Journal Kansas Entomological Society 84: 260-270

Mayer C., Adler L., Armbruster W.S., Dafni A., Eardley C., Huang S-Q, Kevan P.G., Ollerton J., Packer L., Ssymank A., Stout J.C., Potts S.G. (2011) Pollination ecology in the 21st century: key questions for future research. Journal of Pollination Ecology 3: 8-23

Sørensen P.B., Damgaard C.F, Strandberg B., Dupont Y.L., Pedersen M.B., Carvalheiro L.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Olsen J.M., Hagen M. and Potts S.G. (2011) A method for under-sampled ecological network data analysis: plant-pollination as case study. Journal of Pollination Ecology 6: 129-139

Blake R.J., Woodcock B.A., Westbury D.B., Sutton P. & Potts S.G. (2011) New tools to boost butterfly habitat quality in existing grass buffer strips. Journal of Insect Conservation 15: 221-232

Blake, R.J., Woodcock, B.A., Westbury, D.B., Sutton, P., and Potts, S.G. (2011) Enhancing habitat to help the plight of the bumblebee. Pest Management Science 67: 377-379

Roy P., Leo R., Thomas S.G., Varghese A., Sharma K., Prasad S., Bradbear N., Roberts S., Potts S.G., Davidar P. (2011) Nesting requirements of the rock bee Apis dorsata in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Tropical Ecology 52: 285-291


Potts S.G, Biesmeijer J.C., Kremen C., Neumann P., Schweiger O., and Kunin W.E. (2010) Global pollinator declines: trends, impacts and drivers. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 345-353

Potts S.G., Roberts S.P.M., Dean R., Marris G., Brown M., Jones R. & Settele J. (2010) Declines of managed honeybees and beekeepers in Europe. Journal of Apicultural Research 49: 15-22

Roberts S.P.M. & Potts S.G. (2010) The status of European wild bees. Journal of Apicultural Research 49: 137-138

Dauber J., Biesmeijer J., Gabriel D., Kunin W.E., Lamborn E., Meyer B., Nielsen A., Potts S.G., Roberts S.P.M. Sõber V., Settele J., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stout J.C., Teder T., Tscheulin T., Vivarelli D., & Petanidou T. (2010) Effects of patch size and density on flower visitation and seed set of wild plants: a pan-European approach. Journal of Ecology 98: 188-196

Brittain C.A., Vighi M., Bommarco R., Settele J., Potts S.G. (2010) Impacts of a pesticide on pollinator species richness at different spatial scales. Basic and Applied Ecology 11: 106-115

Brittain C.A., Bommarco R., Vighi M., Barmaz S., Settele J., Potts S.G. (2010) The impact of an insecticide on insect flower visitation and pollination in an agricultural landscape Agricultural and Forest Entomology 12: 259–266

Brittain C.A., Bommarco R., Vighi M., Settele J., Potts S.G. (2010) Landscape management has a greater impact than local organic management on pollination in vine fields. Biological Conservation 143: 1860-1867

Schweiger O., Biesmeijer K., Bommarco R., Hickler T., Hulme P.E, Klotz S., Kühn I., Moora M., Nielsen A., Ohlemüller R., Petanidou T., Potts S.G, Pyšek P., Stout J., Sykes M., Tscheulin T., Vilá M., Walther G., Westphal C., Winter M., Zobel M. & Settele J., (2010) Multiple stressors on biotic interactions: how climate change and alien species interact to affect pollination. Biological Reviews 85: 777-795

Norris K, Potts S.G., Mortimer S.R. (2010) Ecosystem services and food production. Issues in Environmental Science And Technology. Issues no 30, pp 52-69

Ne'eman G., Jürgens A., Newstrom-Lloyd L., Potts S.G. & Dafni A., (2010) A framework for comparing pollinator performance: effectiveness and efficiency. Biological Reviews 85: 435-451

de Bello F., Lavorel S., Diaz S., Harrington R., Cornelissen J., Bargett R., Berg M., Cipriotti P., Feld C., Hering D., da Silva P.M., Potts S.G., Santin L., Sousa J. P., Storkey S., Wardle D., & Harrison P. (2010) Towards an assessment of multiple ecosystem processes and services via functional traits. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 2873-2893

Williams N.M, Crone E.E., Roulston T.H., Minckley R.L., Packer L., & Potts S.G. (2010) Ecological and life history traits predict bee species responses to environmental disturbances. Biological Conservation 143: 2280-2291

Bommarco R., Biesmeijer J.C., Meyer B., Potts S.G., Pöyry J., Roberts S.P.M., Steffan-Dewenter I., and Öckinger E. (2010) Dispersal capacity and diet breadth modify the response of wild bees to habitat loss. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:2075-2082

Rehel S., Varghese A., Bradbear N., Davidar P., Roberts S., Roy P., & Potts S.G. (2010) Benefits of biotic pollination for cultivated plants and non timber forest products. Conservation and Society 7: 213-219

Mwebaze P., Marris G.C., Budge G.E., Brown M., Potts S.G., Breeze T.D. & Macleod A. (2010) Quantifying the value of ecosystem services: a case study of honeybee pollination in the UK. Contributed Paper for the 12th Annual BIOECON Conference From the Wealth of Nations to the Wealth of Nature: Rethinking Economic Growth. Venice, Italy September 27-28, 2010

Barmaz S., Potts S.G. and Vighi M. (2010) A novel method for assessing risks to pollinators from plant protection products using honeybees as a model species. Ecotoxicology 19: 1347-1359

Hammen V.C., Biesmeijer, J.C., Kunin W.E., Bommarco R., Budrys E., Christensen T.R., Fronzek S., Grabaum R., Klotz S., Kroel-Dulay G., Kühn I., Laskowski R., Mirtl M., Petanidou T., Potts S.G., Rortais A., Schulze C., Steffan-Dewenter, J. Stout, B. Vaissiere, M. Vila, M. Vighi, T. Wolf, M. Woyciechowski M., Zavala G., Zobel M., Settele J. (2010) Establishment of a Cross-European Field Site Network in the ALARM Project for Assessing Large-Scale Changes in Biodiversity. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 164: 337-348

Henle K., Kunin W., Schweiger O., Schmeller D.S., Grobelnik V., Matsinos Y., Pantis J., Penev L., Potts S.G., Ring I., Similä J., Tzanopoulos J., van den Hove S., Baguette M., Clobert J., Excoffier L., Framstad E., Grodzinska-Jurczak M., Lengyel S., Marty P., Moilanen A., Porcher E., Steinicke H., Storch D., Steffan-Dewenter I., Sykes M.T., Zobel M. & Settele J. (2010) Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales – research needs and approaches of the SCALES project. Gaia 19: 187-193

Norris K. & Potts S.G. (2010) Biodiversity…the vital ingredient in our food. Public Service Review: Central Government 20: 206-207

Blake, R.J., Westbury, D.B., Woodcock, B.A., Sutton, P., and Potts, S.G. (2010). Enhancing biodiversity in existing grass buffer strips. Aspects of Applied Biology 100: 427-432

Contributing author (2010) Insect Pollination, POSTNOTE 348. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology briefing for the House of Commons

Potts S.G. member of Advisory Board for Dicks L.V., Showler D.A. and Sutherland W.J. (2010) Bee conservation: evidence for the effects of interventions. Synopses of Conservation Evidence,


Potts S.G., Woodcock B.A., Roberts S.P.M., Tscheulin T., Ramsay A.J., Pilgrim E., Brown V.K. & Tallowin J.R. (2009) Enhancing pollinator biodiversity in intensive grasslands. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 369-379

Moretti M., de Bello F., Roberts S.P.M. and Potts S.G. (2009) Taxonomical versus functional responses of bee communities to fire in two contrasting climatic regions. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 98-108

Murray T.E., Kuhlmann M. & Potts S.G. (2009) Conservation ecology of bees: individuals, populations and communities. Apidologie 40: 211-236

Carré, G. , B.E. Vaissière, R. Chifflet, N. Morison, R. Bommarco, K., Harrison-Cripps J., Krewenka, S.G. Potts, S.P.M. Roberts, G. Rodet, J. Settele, I. Steffan-Dewenter, H. Szentgyörgyi, T. Tscheulin, C. Westphal, M. Woyciechowski, P. Roche (2009) Landscape context and habitat type as drivers of bee biodiversity in European annual crops. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 133: 40-47

Woodcock B.A., Potts S.G, Tscheulin T., Pilgrim E., Ramsey A.J., Harrison-Cripps J., Brown V.K. and Tallowin J.R. (2009) Responses of invertebrate trophic level, feeding guild and body size to the management of improved (grassland field margins. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 920-929

Willmer, P. G., C. V. Nuttman, N. E. Raine, G. N. Stone, J. G. Pattrick, K. Henson, P. Stillman, S. G. Potts and J. T. Knudsen (2009). Floral volatiles controlling ant behaviour. Functional Ecology 23: 888-900.

Smith J., Potts S.G., Woodcock B.A., Eggleton P. (2009) The impact of two arable field margin management schemes on litter decomposition. Applied Soil Ecology 41: 90-97

Thomas S.G., Rehel S.M., Varghese A., Davidar P., & Potts S.G. (2009) Social bees and food plant associations in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Tropical Ecology 50: 79-88

Thomas S.G., Varghese A., Roy P., Bradbear N., Potts S.G., Davidar P. (2009) Characteristics of trees used as nest sites by Apis dorsata (Hymenoptera, Apidae) in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India. Journal of TropicalEcology 25: 559-562

Tscheulin T., Petanidou T., Potts S.G. & Settele, J. (2009) The impact of Solanum elaeagnifolium, an invasive plant in the Mediterranean, on the flower visitation and seed set of the native co-flowering species Glaucium flavum. Plant Ecology 205: 77-85


Ricketts T.H., Regetz J., Steffan-Dewenter I., Cunningham S.A., Kremen C., Bogdanski A., Gemmill-Herren B., Greenleaf S.S., Klein A.M., Mayfield M.M., Morandin L.A., Ochieng A., Potts S.G., Viana B.F. (2008). Landscape effects on crop pollination services: are there general patterns? Ecology Letters 11, 499-515. See Corrigendum (2008) Ecology Letters 11, 1121

Westphal C., Bommarco R., Lamborn E., Petanidou T., Potts S. G., Roberts S.P.M., Szentgyörgyi H., Vaissière B.E, Woyciechowski M., Steffan-Dewenter I. (2008) Measuring bee biodiversity in different habitats and biogeographic regions. Ecological Monographs78, 653-671

Smith, J., Potts, S.G., Woodcock, B.A. & Eggleton, P. (2008) Can arable field margins be managed to enhance their biodiversity, conservation and functional value for soil macrofauna? Journal of Applied Ecology 45, 269-278

Smith J., Woodcock B.A., Eggleton P. & Potts S.G. (2008) The value of arable field margins for enhancing soil macrofaunal biodiversity in agroecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment127, 119-125

Smith J., Potts S.G., Eggleton P. (2008) Evaluating the efficiency of sampling methods in assessing soil macrofauna communities in arable systems. European Journal of Soil Biology 44, 217-276

Woodcock B.A., Westbury D.B., Tscheulin T., Harrison-Cripps J., Harris S.J., Ramsey A.J., Brown V.K., & Potts S.G. (2008) Effects of seed mixture and management on beetle assemblages of arable field margins. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 125, 246–254

Westbury, D.B., Woodcock, B.A., Harris, S.J., Brown, V.K. & Potts S.G. (2008) The effect of seed mix and management on the abundance of desirable and pernicious unsown species in field margin communities. Weed Research 48, 113-123


Kremen C., Williams N.M., Aizen M.A., Gemmill-Herren B., Lebuhn G., Minckley R., Packer L., Potts S. G., Roulston T., Steffan-Dewenter I., Vazquez D., Winfree, L. Adams, E. E. Crone, S. S. Greenleaf, T. H. Keitt, A. Klein, J. Regetz R., Ricketts T. (2007) Pollination and other ecosystem services produced by mobile organisms: a conceptual framework for the effects of land use change. Ecology Letters 10, 299-314

Woodcock B.A., Potts S.G., Ramsay A.J., Tscheulin T., Parkinson A., Smith R.E.N., Martyn T.M., Pilgrim E., Gundry A., Brown V.K. & Tallowin J.R. (2007) The potential of grass field margin management for enhancing beetle diversity in intensive livestock farms. Journal of Applied Ecology 44, 60-69

Woodcock, B.A., Potts, S.G., Westbury, D.B., Ramsay, A.J., Lambert, M., Harris, S.J. & Brown, V.K. (2007) The importance of sward architectural complexity in structuring predatory and phytophagous invertebrate assemblages. Ecological Entomology 32, 302-311

Mortimer, S.R., Kessock-Philip, R., Potts, S.G., Ramsay, A., Roberts, S.P.M., Woodcock, B.A., Hopkins, A., Gundrey, A., Dunn, R., Tallowin, J., Vickery, J., & Gough, S. Review of the diet and micro-habitat values for wildlife and the agronomic potential of selected plant species. English Nature, Peterborough, UK

Contributing author to Status of Pollinators in North America: Committee on the Status of Pollinators in North America (2007) The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. (in press)

Ramsay A.J., Potts S.G., Westbury D.B., Woodcock B.A., Tscheulin T.R., Harris S.J. & Brown V.K. (2007) Response of planthoppers to novel margin management in arable systems. Aspects of Applied Biology 81, Delivering arable biodiversity, 47-52

Henderson I.G., Morris A.J., Westbury D.B., Woodcock. B.A., Potts S.G., Ramsay, A.J. & Coombes. R. (2007) Effects of field margin management on bird distributions around cereal fields. Aspects of Applied Biology 81, Delivering arable biodiversity, 53-60


Biesmeijer J.C., Roberts S.P., Reemer M., Ohlemueller R., Edwards M., Peeters T., Schaffers A., Potts S.G., Kleukers R., Thomas C.D., Settele J., & Kunin W.E. (2006) Parallel declines in pollinators and insect-pollinated plants in Britain and the Netherlands. Science 313, 351-354

Potts S.G., Bradbury R.B., Mortimer S. & Woodcock B.W. (2006) Commentary on: Mixed biodiversity benefits of agri-environment schemes in five European countries. Ecology Letters 9, 254-256

Potts S.G., Petanidou T., Roberts S., O’Toole C., Hulbert A., & Willmer P.G. (2006) Plant-pollinator biodiversity and pollination services in a complex Mediterranean landscape. Biological Conservation 129, 519-529

Vulliamy B., Potts S.G. & Willmer P.G. (2006) The effects of cattle grazing on plant-pollinator communities in a fragmented Mediterranean landscape. Oikos 114, 529-543

Ahmad F., Banne S., Castro M., Chavarria G., Clarke J., Collette L., Eardley C., Fonseca V., Freitas B.M., French C., Gemmill B., Griswold T., Gross C., Kwapong P., Lundall-Magnuson E., Medellin R., Partap U., Potts S.G., Roth D., Ruggiero M., Urban R. & Willemse G. (2006) Pollinators and Pollination: A resource book for policy and practice (eds. Eardley C., Roth D., Clarke J., Buchmann S. and Gemmill B.). African Pollinator Initiative, South Africa

Petanidou T. & Potts S.G. (2006) Mutual use of resources in Mediterranean plant-pollinator communities: how specialized are pollination webs?. In: Plant-Pollinator Interactions: Specialization and Generalization (eds. Waser N., Ollerton J.). pp 220-244, University of Chicago Press

Schwartz-Tzachora R., Dafni A., Potts S.G., & Eisikowitch D. (2006) An ancient pollinator of a contemporary plant
(Cyclamen persicum): When pollination syndromes break down. Flora 201, 370-373

Westphal C., Bommarco R., Lamborn E., Petanidou T., Potts S. G., Roberts S.P.M., Szentgyörgyi H., Vaissière B.E, Woyciechowski M., Steffan-Dewenter I. (2006) Efficacy of different methods to assess pollinator diversity and density. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie, Band 36, S. 135 Proceedings of the GFÖ, Vol. 36, p. 135

Ogilvy, S.E., Clarke, J.H., Wiltshire, J.J.J., Harris, D., Morris, A., Jones, N., Smith, B., Henderson, I., Westbury, D.B., Potts, S.G., Woodcock, B.A. & Pywell, R.G. (2006) SAFFIE - research into research and practice. HGCA Conference, Arable crop protection in the balance: Profit and the environment


Steffan-Dewenter I., Potts S.G. & Packer L. (2005) Pollinator diversity and crop pollination services are at risk. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20, 651-652

Potts S.G., Vulliamy B., Roberts S., O’Toole C., Dafni A., Ne’eman G. & Willmer P.G. (2005) Role of nesting resources in organising diverse bee communities in a Mediterranean landscape. Ecological Entomology 30, 78-85

Woodcock B., Westbury D., Potts S.G., Harris, S. & Brown V.K. (2005) Establishing field margins to promote beetle conservation in arable farms. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 107, 255-266

Settele J., Hammen V., Hulme P., Karlson U., Klotz S., Kotarac M., Kunin W., Marion G., O'Connor M., Petanidou T., Peterson K., Potts S., Pritchard H., Pysek P., Rounsevell M., Spangenberg J., Steffan-Dewenter I., Sykes M., Vighi M., Zobel M. & Kühn I. (2005) ALARM: Assessing large-scale environmental risks for biodiversity with tested methods. Gaia 14, 69-72

Beismeijer K., Giurfa M., Koedam D.M., Potts S.G., Joel D. & Dafni A. (2005) Floral guides, nest entrances, and carnivorous pitchers: similar visual stimuli produced by non-related taxa exploit the same receiver biases. Naturwissenschaften 92, 444-450

Contributing author to Diaz S. et al. (2005) Chapter 11. Biological Regulation of Ecosystem Services. In: Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Current State and Trends, Volume 1 (eds. Hassan R., Scholes R., Ash N.). pp 297-329, Island Press, Washington DC

Potts S.G., Kevan P.G. & Boone J.W. (2005) Conservation in Pollination: collecting, surveying and monitoring. In: Practical Pollination Biology (eds. Dafni A., Kevan P. & Husband C.). pp 401-434, Enviroquest, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Potts S.G. (2005) Recording pollinator behaviour on flowers. In: Practical Pollination Biology (eds. Dafni A., Kevan P. & Husband C.). pp 401-434, 329-339, Enviroquest, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Contributing author (2005) Farmland Wildlife, POSTNOTE 254. Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology briefing for the House of Commons


Potts S.G., Vulliamy B., Roberts S., O’Toole C., Dafni A., Ne’eman G. & Willmer P.G. (2004) Nectar resource diversity organises flower-visitor community structure. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 113, 103-107

Dafni A. & Potts S.G. (2004) Role of flower inclination, depth and height in the preferences of a pollinating beetle (Coleoptera; Glaphyridae). Journal of Insect Behavior 17, 823-835

Potts S.G. (2004) European Pollinator Initiative: assessing the risks of pollinator loss. In: Solitary bees and their role in pollination. (eds. B. Freitas and V. Fonseca). Proceedings of the International Workshop on solitary bees and their role in pollination pp. 43-55, Fortaleza, Brazil


Potts S.G., Vulliamy B., Dafni A., Ne’eman G. & Willmer P.G. (2003) Linking bees and flowers: how do floral communities structure pollinator communities? Ecology 84, 2628-2642

Potts S.G., Vulliamy B., Dafni A., Ne’eman G., O’Toole C., Roberts S. & Willmer P.G. (2003) Response of plant-pollinator communities following fire: changes in diversity, abundance and reward structure. Oikos 101, 103-112

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