Peter Kennedy

Pete Kennedy

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Member of Professor Juliet Osborne's research group, working closely with Matthias Becher and Jack Rumkee

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Dr Pete Kennedy

Research Fellow


My research looks at ecosystem service provision by insects, with particular emphasis on pollinator ecology and behaviour. I work to establish techniques and capabilities for cutting-edge research into the effects of environmental change on invertebrates. I also develop new projects linking ecosystem service provision with landscape users and businesses.

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

Research publication titles

Research interests

  • Insect ecology and behaviour
  • Developing technologies to study insect movement patterns and behaviour in heterogeneous landscapes
  • Effects of parasites and pathogens on social behaviour and colony development
  • Regulatory and policy mechanisms to manage interactions at the human-environment interface

Current projects

  • Evaluation of off-the-shelf technologies for their potential to track Asian hornets (Vespa velutina)
  • Pollinator ecosystem services
  • A systems approach to understanding the impacts of sub-lethal doses of neonicotinoids on bumblebees and honeybees


1990 PhD Ecology (Long Ashton Research Station and the University of Bristol)
BSc Biology (University of Southampton)


2013 Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Pollination Ecologist, Rothamsted Research
Commercial Business Development Specialist, Rothamsted Research
Seasonal Bee Inspector, Food and Environment Research Agency
Technical Specialist/Study Director for Terrestrial Ecotox Studies, Syngenta
Agricultural Ecologist/Entomologist, Rothamsted Research
Agricultural Ecologist/Entomologist, University of Aberdeen

Contact details

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