Staff Profile:Professor Simon Potts

Professor Simon Potts
Job Title:
Research Professor
Areas of Interest:
  • Understanding the relationships 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 sustainable 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 socio-cultural value of pollination and other ecosystem services
  • Ecology and management of agro-ecosystems for the conservation of biodiversity

Current Projects:

  • DRUID: Drivers and Repercussions of UK Insect Declines (NERC)
  • Safeguard: Safeguarding European Wild Pollinators (EU H2020)
  • EU-PoMS: Design of the European Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (EU DG ENV)
  • EuropaBON: Europa Biodiversity Observation Network: integrating data streams to support policy (EU H2020)
  • Closing the gap: bigger, healthier, and better-connected hedgerows (Green Recovery Challenge Fund)
  • PoshBee: Pan-European Assessment, Monitoring, and Mitigation of Stressors on the Health of Bees (EC H2020)
  • Showcase: Showcasing synergies between agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystem services to help farmers capitalising on native biodiversity (EU H2020)
  • SMOOPS: Sustainable Management of Orchard Pollination Services (BBSRC/NERC, Syngenta, Avalon and Worldwide Fruit)
  • Resilient Pollination: Modelling Landscapes for Resilient Pollination Services (BBSRC Global Food Security)
  • BBSRC Waitrose Collaborative Training Partnership (Reading lead)
  • Optimising multifunctional land-use decisions: combining environmental, economic and social models for pollinators (NERC)
  • PMRP Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (Defra, JNCC, the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and project partners)
  • Tropical: Translating Research Opportunities to enhance Pollination benefits to economically Important Crops And improve Livelihoods (GCRF)
  • SuperFarm: Sustainable farming through effective pollination and pest regulation in India (GCRF)

Recently completed Projects:

  • STEP: Status and Trends of European Pollinators (Coordinator, EU Framework 7)
  • LIBERATION - Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification (EU FP7)
  • SCALES: Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales (EU Framework 7)
  • SUPER-B - Sustainable Pollination in Europe (EU COST Action)
  • NPPMF - National Pollinator and Pollination Service Monitoring Framework (Defra)
  • Crop pollination: Sustainable Pollination services for UK Crops (Insect Pollinator Initiative project, RCUK)
  • AgriLand: Linking agriculture and land use change to pollinator populations (Insect Pollinator Initiative project, RCUK)
  • Urban Pollinators: Urban Pollinators: their ecology and conservation (Insect Pollinator Initiative project, RCUK)
  • Landscape food webs: structure and function (NERC)
  • Other projects can be found here

Research Group:

Current PhD Students:

  • Liane Callaghan (Waitrose BBSRC CTP, BerryWorld) Precision Apiculture: enhancing the health and effectiveness of managed honeybees for soft fruit production.
  • Chris Wyver (Waitrose BBSRC CTP, Worldwide Fruit Limited) Quantifying and mitigating spatio-temporal risks to pollination services caused by climate change.
  • Kiera Dymond (Waitrose BBSRC CTP, Greencell) Sustainable avocado production: Challenges, solutions and the role of biodiversity.
  • Hollie Blaydes (NERC ENVISION DTP) Solar parks: refuges for pollinators and boosting pollination services.
  • Elena Cini (EU H2020) New tools for bee health.
  • Konstantinos Tsiolis (Waitrose BBSRC CTP, Worldwide Fruit Limited) Bee nesting resources: the missing element of sustainable crop pollination.
  • Nick Buck (Waitrose BBSRC CTP, BerryWorld) Impacts of novel control strategies for Spotted Winged Drosophila on ecosystem services and crop production in raspberries.
  • Hannah McGrath (Waitrose BBSRC CTP, Huntapac) Designer field margins for multiple benefits to production.
  • Alice Haughan (NERC QMEE CDT - ZSL) Predicting the impacts of multiple interacting drivers on a global biodiversity hotspot.
  • Kelly Jowett (Reading-Rothamsted Alliance) Modelling landscape quality and configuration effects on natural enemy communities and the provision of pest regulation services.
  • Cath Jackson (Natural England) Ecosystem Services in the South Downs: towards a new model of Agricultural Environmental Scheme.
  • Duncan Coston (Lawes Trust) Quantifying the impacts of the neonicotinoid restriction on oilseed rape pest control, pollination and productivity.
  • Past students can be found here

Professional Activities:

- Policy:

  • UN Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services assessment of Pollinators, pollination and food production: Co-chair
  • Chair of the European Pollinators Initiative expert group to develop an EU-wide pollinator monitoring scheme
  • Defra: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Pollinators Expert Advisory Group
  • Defra: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Sustainable Intensification Platform Research Advisory Group
  • European Food Standards Authority (ESFA): Advisor
  • European Parliament: Advisor
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO): Advisor
  • Convention for Biological Diversity International Pollinator Initiative (IPI): Advisor
  • POST: UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology: Advisor
  • House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on Insects and Insecticides: Expert witness

- Business:

  • John Spaden Lewis Trust for Natural Sciences: Advisor
  • Waitrose Agronomy Group: Advisor
  • Innocent Drinks: Agricultural Sustainability Strategy Advisory Board
  • Co-Op Pollinator Strategy: Advisor
  • Upfield: Sustainability advisor
  • Conservation Grade: Advisory Board

- Research:

  • SUPER-B: Sustainable pollination in Europe: joint research on bees and other pollinators: Management Committee
  • Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 'Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine and Maritime Research, and the Bio-economy': Advisory Group


  • Co-Chair of the IUCN Wild Bee Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission
  • World Bee Project: Co-founder
  • Berkshire Local Nature Partnership (BLNP): Executive Board Member
  • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT): Advisor
Research groups / Centres:

Centre for Agri-Environmental Research

Biodiversity, Crops and Agro-ecosystems Research Division

Centre for Food Security

Soil Research at Reading

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