Landscape ecology, pollination, genetic conservation, land management
The global decline of pollinators, linked to the loss of native ecosystems, constitutes a serious threat to ecosystem function and human food security. There is a dearth of empirical research combining data about landscape, pollinator movement, and pollen flow, and yet this information is essential for effective management and conservation plans. I use direct insect tracking technologies to improve our understanding of movement patterns of pollinators in relation to the spatial distribution of resources. The aim is to provide guidance that will help to protect pollinators, the plants they pollinate, and pollination services in human-modified landscapes. I am also a member of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food.