Juliet Osborne

An overarching aim of my research is to conserve and promote bee populations

Juliet Osborne, research

Research Group

Research Fellows: Pete Kennedy, Emma PilgrimRos Shaw  Postdoctoral Research Fellows: Matthias Becher and Grace Twiston-Davies

PhD student: Jack RumkeeJessica KnappBethany Roberts, Benjamin Phillips, David Pascall, Raluca Herascu


Insect Ecology

Tenerife Field Course

View my Publications

Professor Juliet Osborne

Director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute and Chair in Applied Ecology


My research looks at how insects and plants interact within the environment, and their role in the provision of ecosystem services. My work includes the study of pollination and pest regulation in crops. I am particularly interested in conserving and promoting bee populations, and protecting and promoting wild flower and crop pollination. To achieve this, I work closely with beekeepers, farmers and conservation organisations.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

You can find out more by watching a two-minute video of me explaining my work.

Research interests

  • Insect behaviour and ecology
  • Impacts on pollination in farmland
  • Insect movement patterns across the landscape
  • Use of radar to track individual flying bees and butterflies
  • Effects of interactions between diseases and foraging patterns on bee populations
  • Modelling impacts of multiple stressors on bee populations

Current projects


1994 PhD in Pollination Ecology (University of Cambridge)
1989 BA Natural Sciences (University of Cambridge)


2013 Chair in Applied Ecology, University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
2008-2012 Programme Leader & Deputy Scientific Director of the Centre for Soils & Ecosystem Function, Rothamsted Research
2006-2008 Principal Investigator, Rothamsted Research
2002-2005 Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Rothamsted Research
1995-2002 Postdoctoral Researcher, Rothamsted Research

Contact details

Email j.l.osborne@exeter.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0) 1326 259474
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 00.12
Address University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE