Resiliant Pollinators: Modelling Landscapes for Resilient Pollination Services in the UK





Resiliant Pollinators is a collaboration between the University of Reading, University of Huddersfield, University of Northampton, Lund University (Sweden), The Bees, Ants and Wasps Recording Society, the Hoverfly Recording Scheme, Natural Capital Solutions, the National Farmers Union, DEFRA and Natural England. The project is funded as part of the publicly funded Global Food Security Programme. 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 Services at the University of Reading, and Director of the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research. Over the last 30 years he has worked closely with researchers, industry and policymakers on the management of pollination services and pollinator conservation in Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America.
Tom Oliver

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Tom Oliver is Professor of Applied Ecology at the University of Reading UK. He is Research Division Leader for their Ecology and Evolution Division and sits on the European Environment Agency scientific committee. His research focuses on understanding the interacting impacts of drivers upon biodiversity and consequent impacts for ecosystem functions and services. A key aspect of this involves developing methods and tools to better quantify and communicate environmental risk to support environmental decision-making.
Mike Garratt

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Mike Garratt is a Senior Research Fellow whose research focusses on invertebrate ecology in the agri-environment, primarily the impacts of farming practice and land management on the ecosystem services of pest control and pollination underpinning crop production.
Emma Gardner

Dr Emma Gardner is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading, where she models pollinator abundance and pollination service across the UK, by combining computer simulations with large ecological survey datasets. Her research interests focus on supporting biodiversity in human-modified landscapes and previous research includes studying avian communities in woodland fragments in order to inform conservation management and publishing the first quantitative evidence for severe adder population declines in the UK based on citizen science data, in collaboration with the NGO ARG UK. In her previous life as an astrophysicist, she studied black holes.
Tom Breeze

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Tom is a postdoctoral research fellow who works on the economic and social impacts of changes in biodiversity. Over his 10-year career, Tom has been part of several inter-disciplinary projects bringing together scientists, policy makers, economists, artists and sociologists.
Louise Hutchinson

Louise is a PhD student within the Centre for Agri-environment at the University of Reading. Her thesis is looking at the pollinator communities and pollination resilience of UK crops. She previously completed a Masters in Biological Recording, specialising in the identification of bees and hoverflies and undertook a dissertation on the impact of created wildflower meadows on pollinating insect communities. Louise is currently Membership Secretary of the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS).

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Helen Lomax

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Helen Lomax is Professor of Childhood Studies & Director of Research in the School of Education, University of Huddersfield. Her research is focused on understanding the everyday lives of children and on the development of inclusive research methodologies. Helen’s publications bring together her interests in creative visual methods (participatory video, photography and arts-based methods), research ethics and visual culture.
Lisa Russell

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Lisa Russell is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Community Studies at The University of Huddersfield. Her research interests focus mainly on issues of social justice, identity and participatory visual research methods developed with children, young people, families and communities.

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Jeff Ollerton

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Jeff Ollerton is Professor of Biodiversity in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Northampton. He has broad research and teaching interests in the ecology, evolution and conservation of the Earth’s biodiversity. Within this vast field he works mainly (though not exclusively) on plant-pollinator relationships, pollinator diversity, plant reproductive biology, and the evolution of flowers. He also has interests beyond pollination ecology, addressing wider questions related to how we conserve biodiversity within a rapidly changing environment.

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Jim Rouquette

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Jim Rouquette is a Director and co-founder of Natural Capital Solutions, an environmental consultancy that provides research and consultancy services on all aspects of natural capital, ecosystem services and biodiversity for both the public and private sectors. His work focusses on modelling, mapping and valuing the natural environment and the benefits that it provides, exploring human preferences and values for biodiversity, and exploring the implications for policy and practice. Prior to setting up Natural Capital Solutions, he completed many years of post-doctoral research on biodiversity and ecosystem services on a number of major interdisciplinary projects funded by the EPSRC, RELU and Defra, and a NERC Policy Placement Fellowship working with the Environment Agency. He is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Northampton.

Stuart Roberts

Stuart is working as a freelance entomologist following his retirement from the University of Reading at the end of 2013. He continues to provide training workshops on both field and labcraft in UK and overseas. He is in demand as a public speaker on bees, is pro-active in public engagement, particularly via social media and also provides advice on the conservation of aculeate Hymenoptera. He created and maintains a large database on the functional traits of all European bees.

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Henrik Smith

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Prof. Henrik G. Smith is director of the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research at Lund University and director of the strategic research area Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate (BECC). His research interest concerns how antropogenic changes of the environment affect the behaviour of animals and as a consequence their population dynamics. He has recently focused on how agricultural intensification and climate change affects meta-communities of interacting organisms and the resulting consequences for ecosystem services including pollination.
Yann Clough

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Yann Clough is a landscape ecologist working on the drivers and effects of land-use change on biodiversity, species interactions, ecosystem functions and services, with a fondness for anything involving arthropods. A professor for environmental sciences at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (Lund University) he coordinates several interdisciplinary projects that assess synergies and trade-offs in striving towards biodiversity, climate, and food production-related sustainability goals.
Maria Blasi Romero

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Maria Blasi Romero is a PhD student in the field of ecosystem services delivery (especially for pollination and pest control) under future scenarios. She is looking at it through an interdisciplinary approach of different fields of research, including ecological modelling and future predictions, risk analysis, and communication of the resulted uncertainty.

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