Matthias Becher

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Matthias Becher

Research Group

Member of  Professor Juliet Osborne's research group.  

Dr Matthias Becher

Associate Research Fellow


I am interested in behavioural ecology, focusing on colony organisation and division of labour in social bees. I combine experimental work with computer simulations to better understand the complex processes within a colony and its interactions with the environment.

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

Research publication titles


Research interests

  • Behavioural ecology of social bees
  • Colony organisation and foraging
  • Modelling, computer simulations

Current projects

  • An integrated model for predicting bumblebee population success and pollination services in agro-ecosystems.
  • BEE-STEWARD: A decision-support tool for land owners, manages and advisors to support pollinator populations on farmland.


2010 PhD in Honeybee Ecology (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)
2003 Diploma in Biology (University of Würzburg, Germany)


2010-2013  Postdoctoral Researcher, Rothamsted Research, UK

Contact details

Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 2.03
Address University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE