Staff Profile:Dr Michael Garratt

Dr Michael Garratt
Job Title:
Senior Research Fellow
Areas of Interest:

My research focusses on invertebrate ecology in the agri-environment and primarily the impacts of farming practice and land management on the ecosystem services of pest control and pollination underpinning crop production. I have worked in a number of cropping systems including arable, soft fruit and top fruit production and my research is applied and often industry funded.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Insect pollination ecology and crop production
  • Ecological intensification of smallholder farming systems
  • Effects of agricultural practices on pests and natural enemies
  • Trophic influences of soil fertility management in agricultural systems
  • Cereal aphid ecology

Current Projects:

  • SMOOPS Sustainable Management of Orchard Pollination Services (BBSRC/NERC, Syngenta, Avalon and Worldwide Fruit 2016 - 2019)
  • Towards BIO-smart livestock farming in Colombia: cultural landscapes, silvo-pastoral systems and biodiversity (RCUK-CIAT Newton Fund 2018 - 2021)
  • Modelling Landscapes for Resilient Pollination Services (BBSRC Global Food Security - 2017-2020)
  • Ecological Intensification of Smallholder Farms in Kenya (GCRF Development of Equitable Partnerships Projects 2018 - 2019)
  • NEOPOLL - Effects of Neonicotinoids and Temperature on Crop Pollination (Norwegian Research Council 2017 - 2020)
  • PMRP Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (Defra, JNCC, the Welsh Government, Scottish Government and project partners 2016-2019)

Completed Projects:

  • Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provision to improve economic, environmental and social performance in smallholder farms (British Council Researcher Links 2018)
  • Promoting Productive and Sustainable Farming in the Indian Himalaya through Ecological Intensification (Royal Society 2018 - 2019)
  • Better crop pollination and pest regulation for the Ecological Intensification of smallholder farmers in Argentina (British Council Researcher Links 2018)
  • LIBERATION - Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecofunctional intensification (EU FP7 2014-2017)
  • SUPER-B - Sustainable Pollination in Europe (EU COST Action 2014-2018)
  • NPPMF - National Pollinator and Pollination Service Monitoring Framework (Defra 2014-2016)
  • Sustainable Pollination Services for UK Crops - Insect Pollinator Initiative project: Sustainable Management of UK Crop Pollination Services (RCUK 2011-2014)

PhD Students:

  • (2019-2023) Sustainable crop production in Chile: Challenges, solutions and the role of biodiversity (BBSRC Waitrose CTP, Greencell)
  • Nick Buck (2018-2022) Impacts of novel control strategies for Spotted Winged Drosophila on ecosystem services and crop production in raspberries (BBSRC Waitrose CTP, Berry World)
  • Konstantinos Tsiolis (2018-2022) Bee nesting resources: the missing element of sustainable crop pollination (BBSRC Waitrose CTP, Worldwide Fruit Ltd)
  • Zeus Mateos-Fierro (2016-2019): Sustainable production of sweet cherry: maximizing benefits from ecosystem services (Waitrose, Berry Gardens, University of Worcester)
  • Louise Hutchinson (2017-2020): What is a bee really worth? Mapping the economics of crop pollination (NERC QMEE CDT)
  • Victoria Wickens (2011-2015): Understanding and managing the flow of pest regulation services between protected areas and agroecosystems (EU 7th Framework funding)


Lecturer on Principle of Integrated Pest Management, The FATP Sustaining Quality in Raw Material Supply Chains and Research Methods in Agricultural Ecology and Environment MRes. I supervise a number of undergraduate and MSc research dissertation students.

Professional Activities:

  • Chair - Royal Entomological Society Pollination Special Interest Group
  • Associate Editor - Insect Conservation and Diversity
  • Jury President - European Landowners Organisation 'European Bee Awards'
  • World Bee Project - Advisor
  • Member - Defra Pollinator Advisory Steering Group
  • Associate Fellow - Higher Education Academy
  • Technical Advisor - BBSRC Agri-Food Advanced Training Partnership Environment Theme
  • Member of the British Ecological Society and the Royal Entomological Society
Research groups / Centres:

Centre for Agri-Environmental Research

Biodiversity, Crops and Agro-ecosystems Research Division

Centre for Food Security

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Dr Michael Garratt

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