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Deepa Senapathi

Areas of interest

My research focusses on the impacts of environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. To date I have worked in both tropical and temperate systems and assessed the effects of climate change and land-use change on avian populations and insect pollinator communities. I also work as knowledge exchange fellow with different stakeholder communities including policy makers, non-government organisations, delivery agencies and land managers with a view towards enhancing land management for biodiversity conservation and improving ecosystem services. More recently I have begun to explore ecological intensification within small holder communities to enhance biodiversity and improve livelihoods.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Quantifying climate change and land-use change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Exploring the interactions between drivers of biodiversity loss
  • Conservation of threatened and endangered species and populations
  • Ecological intensification to enhance biodiversity and improve livelihoods
  • Knowledge Exchange to facilitate link between research and practical conservation

Postgraduate supervision

 PhD Students:

  • Theresa Robinson: Population ecology of the endangered endemic Mauritius Fody 2016-2021 (University of Reading Bursary)
  • Alice Haughan: Exploring the interaction between climate and land use change and the resulting impact on ecosystems - 2017 -2021 (QMEE CDT)
  • Kelly Jowett: Modelling landscape quality and configuration effects on natural enemy communities and the provision of pest regulation services - 2017-2020 (Rothamsted-Reading Alliance)
  • Elena Cini: New tools for improving Bee Health - 2018-2021 (EU H2020 - PoshBee, co-supervisor)
  • Chris Wyver: Mitigating risks to pollination services caused by climate change 2019-2022 (Waitrose CTP)
  • Laura Reeves - Climate driven mismatches in fruit pest and natural enemy phenology to mitigate crop damage 2020-2023 (Waitrose CTP)
  • Sophie Cunnington - Impacts of Farming Practice on Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) Populations in Lowland England 2021-2024 (University of Reading Bursary)


I regularly act as guest lecturer and contribute to several modules including

  • AP3AE75 - Wildlife and Farming
  • APMA112 - Issues in Agriculture and the Environment
  • APMA96 - Plants, Greenspace and Urban Sustainability
  • AP3A81 - Dissertation
  • AP2A57 - Methods in Ecology and Environmental Management
  • ISLI - International Study and Language Institute's Pre-sessional Programme to learn English
  • DP1AP - Part I Research Skills

Research centres and groups

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Conservation Science Advisory Council for A Rocha International
  • Member & first Policy fellow of British Ecological Society
  • Member of University of Reading Athena Swan SAT 2019
  • Co-chair - Athena Swan SAT. School of Biological Sciences 2016
  • Associate Editor - Ecological Entomology
  • British Ecological Society - member of personnel committee
  • COP26 Universities network ambassador

Research projects

Current Projects:

  • Safeguard- Safeguarding European wild pollinators (EU H2020 2021-2025)
  • TROPICAL - Translating Research Opportunities to enhance Pollination benefits to economically Important Crops And improve Livelihoods (GCRF BBSRC NERC 2020-2022)
  • NERC Knowledge Fellowship- Working together to add value: Enhancing land management for biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services (UKRI NERC 2019- 2022)
  • SUPER Farm India - SUstainable farming through effective Pollination and pEst Regulation in India (University of Reading GCRF 2019-2021)
  • PoshBee- Pan-European assessment, monitoring, and mitigation of stressors on the health of bees (EU H2020 2018-2023)

Completed Projects:

  • SUPER-B - Sustainable Pollination in Europe (EU COST Action, 2014-2018)
  • LIBERATION - Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecofunctional intensification (EU FP7 2014-2017)
  • NERC Knowledge Exchange Impact Accelerator Fellowship - Role of biodiversity in improving and enhancing human health and well-being (2014-2015)
  • IPI Agriland - Linking Agriculture and land-use change to pollinator populations (2011-2014)