Current projects and collaborations

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Here’s a list of the funded projects and main collaborations with which I’m currently involved:

Modelling landscapes for resilient pollination services in the UK: with Prof. Simon Potts and Dr Tom Breeze (University of Reading),  Prof. Helen Lomax (University of Huddersfield) and Dr Jim Rouquette (Natural Capital Solutions) funded by BBSRC (2017-2020)

Chequered skipper reintroduction project: with Prof. Tom Brereton (Butterfly Conservation) and Dr Duncan McCollin (University of Northampton) funded by Butterfly Conservation (2018-2021) – see my blog post on Hunting the Chequered Skipper

Genetic and morphological changes in UK bees to a century of agricultural land-use change: in collaboration with Dr Richard Gill (Imperial College, London) and Prof. Ian Barnes (Natural History Museum, London) funded by NERC (2017-2020)

Understanding when biocontrol and enemy release affect plant populations: with Prof. Angela Moles and Dr Stephen Bonser (University of New South Wales) and Dr Raghu Sathyamurthy (CSIRO) funded by the Australian Research Council (2019-2022)

Safeguarding Pollination Services in a Changing World (SURPASS2) – a new international partnership to improve knowledge, build research capacity and initiate new collaborative actions for the conservation and sustainable management of pollinators across Latin America: with Prof. Matt Heard (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and multiple UK and Latin American partners funded by NERC (2019-2022)

In addition to these research projects I’m a board member of the Nenescape environment and heritage project involving multiple Northamptonshire partners, with the University of Northampton acting as the Competent Authority, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (2016-2021)

As well as these funded projects I’m working with a variety of international collaborators in countries such as Germany, Denmark, Brazil, Argentina, the USA and South Africa, as well as in the UK.  These focus on questions relating to the macroecology and biogeography of plant-pollinator interactions, particularly in the family Apocynaceae., as well as spatio-temporal variation in plant-pollinator interactions, pollinator effectiveness, floral evolution, etc.  Most of this is either (currently) unfunded or supported by small grants from a range of organisations, plus my own institution.  You can get a sense of the range of these collaborations by viewing my Publications page.

Finally, I’m collecting long-term data on a couple of study systems in Tenerife aided by my undergraduate students and colleagues who take part in our annual field course to the island – see this post from 2018 for instance.

Soldier beetles