Dr Grace Twiston-Davies
Postdoctoral Research Associate
I am interested in the ecology of plants, insects and landscapes and research that that can inform conservation, policy and land management. I am especially passionate about research that aims to make the most of our landscapes for nature and for people. I have previously studied the landscape-scale wild flower meadow restoration at the Stonehenge World Heritage Site and the benefits of agri-environment schemes for biodiversity. I am a member of Professor Juliet Osborne's research group on the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funded project studying bumblebee population success in agricultural landscapes. Along with the other members of the research team, I am investigating bumblebee colony survival in relation to the landscape and available pollen and nectar sources using field experiments and computer simulations. The aim of this work is to provide robust scientific evidence in order to make land management and policy recommendations for healthy and sustainable agro-ecosystems.
My current Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Knowledge Exchange project with Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is working to support and develop the Cornwall AONB's new pollinator conservation initiative. We will extend the real-world impact of our bee behavior and population models to help inform landscape-scale management recommendations and to increase pollinators in the Cornish Landscape.
I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.
Research publication titles
- Landscape ecology
- Agricultural ecosystems
- Insect conservation and biodiversity
- Plant-insect interactions
- An integrated model for predicting bumblebee population success and pollination services in agro-ecosystems
- Using bee models to support decision-making in the implementation of the National Pollinator Strategy in Cornwall (collaboration with Cornwall AONB)
- BEE-STEWARD: A decision-support tool for land owners, manages and advisors to support pollinator populations on farmland (Collaboration with Natural England, Cornwall AONB and South Devon AONB).
2014 PhD in Biological Sciences (University of Reading)
2009 MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (Imperial College London)
2008 BSc in Environmental Resource Management (Plymouth University)
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