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 Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips

PhD student

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 Environment and Sustainability Institute desk 109, 2.16


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I'm a PhD student, broadly interested in how we can manage land to benefit both people and nature, and working under the supervision of Professor Juliet Osborne, Professor Kevin Gaston and Professor James Bullock.

To date, my research has focused on pollinator conservation, in terms of agriculture, climate change, and the attitudes and behaviours of the public and stakeholder groups.

My PhD is looking at the importance of road verges and hedges as habitats and habitat networks for wildlife. I'm also exploring the benefits that road verges, hedges, and their associated wildlife provide to people in terms of ecosystem services, such as carbon storage, capturing pollution, and providing crop pollination. I'm working in partnership with the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) unit to identify how we can improve management of road verges and hedges to benefit both people and nature.

Previously, I've been involved in projects across broad disciplines within the ESI whilst working as the Research Impact Coordinator, and I try to take an interdisciplinary approach to my own research.


MSc by Research in Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, 2017

BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Bristol, 2013


Research interests

  • Pollinator conservation
  • Nature conservation
  • Ecosystem services



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Phillips B (2021). Roads, verges and nature.  Abstract.

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