Department of Plant Sciences
Pollinators are essential for ecosystem function and human food security, but globally both wild and managed pollinators are in decline. Loss of habitat, landscape fragmentation, and changes in the types and patterns of land-uses across complex economic landscapes all play a role in this decline. The DPhil student will join a lab using innovative technology to conduct pioneering research into the relationships between landscape patterns, land-use type, pollinator behaviour and realised pollen flow, providing critical guidance for landscape management to protect threatened pollinators. The details of any DPhil project would be defined in discussion with the student, but there are a number of potential areas of research, including (1) the use of UAVs and radar tracking techniques to understand how pollinating insects travel through and use complex landscapes, (2) use of population genetics techniques to study pollinators as potential drivers of plant speciation, and (3) pollinators, land management and food security. Potential field sites include South Africa, India and the UK.
Associated Research Streams
pollination, landscape ecology, population genetics, food security, land management