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Dr Ben Phillips

Dr Ben Phillips

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

Overview

I'm an environmental scientist who is broadly interested in how we can balance the needs of both people and nature.

To date, my research has focused on (i) pollinator conservation, (ii) the environmental and social benefits that we get from nature ('ecosystem services'), and (iii) public engagement with nature. My research has used many different approaches, including ecological surveys and experiments, evidence synthesis, spatial modelling, and social science methods. However, a common theme of my research is that it is practical and solution-oriented - figuring out how we can best benefit nature, whilst taking into consideration the needs and constraints of land managers, local communities and other stakeholders.

Currently, I'm working as part of a team to develop a Species Conservation Strategy pilot for hazel dormice, led by Prof Robbie McDonald, and funded by Natural England.

For my PhD (2017-2021), I studied the potential of road verges for conserving nature, and for providing broader environmental and social benefits, such as storing carbon, mitigating pollution, and improving people's access to nature. This work was supervised by Prof Juliet Osborne, Prof Kevin Gaston and Prof James Bullock. I worked in partnership with the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) unit and various conservation organsations and highways managers to develop and communicate road verge management advice. For a summary of this research, see the webinar linked below that I led alongside partners from Plantlife and Butterfly Conservation.

Previously, I've been involved in projects across broad disciplines within the Environment and Sustainability Institute whilst working as the Research Impact Coordinator. Wherever beneficial, I take an interdisciplinary approach throughout my own research.

Qualifications

2021 PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Exeter

         Thesis: "Roads, verges and nature".

2017 MSc by Research in Biological Sciences, University of Exeter

         Thesis: "Pollinator community and function: in oilseed rape fields and in drought-stressed grassland".

2013 BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Bristol

Career

2021-Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter

2021 (Jan-Apr) PhD Intern, Connecting People with Nature Programme, Natural England

2017-21 PhD Researcher, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter

2017 Research Impact Coordinator, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter

2015-17 MSc by Research, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter

2015-16 Research Technician, Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter

2012-13 Research Technician, University of Bristol

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Research

Research interests

  • Pollinator conservation
  • Nature conservation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Public engagement with nature

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Phillips BB, Bullock JM, Gaston KJ, Hudson-Edwards KA, Bamford M, Cruse D, Dicks LV, Falagan C, Wallace C, Osborne JL, et al (2021). Impacts of multiple pollutants on pollinator activity in road verges. Journal of Applied Ecology, 58(5), 1017-1029. Abstract.  Full text.
Gaston KJ, Ackermann S, Bennie J, Cox DTC, Phillips BB, Sánchez de Miguel A, Sanders D (2021). Pervasiveness of Biological Impacts of Artificial Light at Night. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 61(3), 1098-1110. Abstract.  Full text.
Phillips BB, Navaratnam A, Hooper J, Bullock JM, Osborne JL, Gaston KJ (2021). Road verge extent and habitat composition across Great Britain. Landscape and Urban Planning, 214, 104159-104159. Full text.
Knapp JL, Phillips BB, Clements J, Shaw RF, Osborne JL (2021). Socio-psychological factors, beyond knowledge, predict people’s engagement in pollinator conservation. People and Nature, 3(1), 204-220. Abstract.  Full text.
Phillips BB, Bullock JM, Osborne JL, Gaston KJ (2021). Spatial extent of road pollution: a national analysis. Science of the Total Environment, 773, 145589-145589. Full text.
Hutchinson LA, Oliver TH, Breeze TD, Bailes EJ, Brünjes L, Campbell AJ, Erhardt A, de Groot GA, Földesi R, García D, et al (2021). Using ecological and field survey data to establish a national list of the wild bee pollinators of crops. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 315 Abstract.
Phillips BB, Bullock JM, Osborne JL, Gaston KJ (2020). Ecosystem service provision by road verges. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57(3), 488-501. Full text.
Phillips BB, Wallace C, Roberts BR, Whitehouse AT, Gaston KJ, Bullock JM, Dicks LV, Osborne JL (2020). Enhancing road verges to aid pollinator conservation: a review. Biological Conservation, 250, 108687-108687. Full text.
Shaw RF, Phillips BB, Doyle T, Pell JK, Redhead JW, Savage J, Woodcock BA, Bullock JM, Osborne JL (2020). Mass-flowering crops have a greater impact than semi-natural habitat on crop pollinators and pollen deposition. Landscape Ecology, 35(2), 513-527. Abstract.  Full text.
Phillips BB, Gaston KJ, Bullock JM, Osborne JL (2019). Road verges support pollinators in agricultural landscapes, but are diminished by heavy traffic and summer cutting. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(10), 2316-2327. Abstract.  Full text.
Phillips BB, Shaw RF, Holland MJ, Fry EL, Bardgett RD, Bullock JM, Osborne JL (2018). Drought reduces floral resources for pollinators. Global Change Biology, 24, 3226-3235. Full text.
Phillips BB, Williams A, Shaw RF, Osborne JL (2018). Shared traits make flies and bees effective pollinators of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). Basic and Applied Ecology Full text.
Doran C, Newham ZF, Phillips BB, Franks NR (2015). Commitment time depends on both current and target nest value in Temnothorax albipennis ant colonies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69(7), 1183-1190.
Gottlieb D, Phillips BB, Sendova-Franks AB, Franks NR (2013). Individual and social information gathering are fine-tuned to the internal state of the group. Animal Behaviour, 85(6), 1479-1484.

Publications by year


2021

Phillips BB, Bullock JM, Gaston KJ, Hudson-Edwards KA, Bamford M, Cruse D, Dicks LV, Falagan C, Wallace C, Osborne JL, et al (2021). Impacts of multiple pollutants on pollinator activity in road verges. Journal of Applied Ecology, 58(5), 1017-1029. Abstract.  Full text.
Gaston KJ, Ackermann S, Bennie J, Cox DTC, Phillips BB, Sánchez de Miguel A, Sanders D (2021). Pervasiveness of Biological Impacts of Artificial Light at Night. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 61(3), 1098-1110. Abstract.  Full text.
Phillips BB, Navaratnam A, Hooper J, Bullock JM, Osborne JL, Gaston KJ (2021). Road verge extent and habitat composition across Great Britain. Landscape and Urban Planning, 214, 104159-104159. Full text.
Phillips B (2021). Roads, verges and nature.  Abstract.  Full text.
Knapp JL, Phillips BB, Clements J, Shaw RF, Osborne JL (2021). Socio-psychological factors, beyond knowledge, predict people’s engagement in pollinator conservation. People and Nature, 3(1), 204-220. Abstract.  Full text.
Phillips BB, Bullock JM, Osborne JL, Gaston KJ (2021). Spatial extent of road pollution: a national analysis. Science of the Total Environment, 773, 145589-145589. Full text.
Hutchinson LA, Oliver TH, Breeze TD, Bailes EJ, Brünjes L, Campbell AJ, Erhardt A, de Groot GA, Földesi R, García D, et al (2021). Using ecological and field survey data to establish a national list of the wild bee pollinators of crops. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 315 Abstract.

2020

Phillips BB, Bullock JM, Osborne JL, Gaston KJ (2020). Ecosystem service provision by road verges. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57(3), 488-501. Full text.
Phillips BB, Wallace C, Roberts BR, Whitehouse AT, Gaston KJ, Bullock JM, Dicks LV, Osborne JL (2020). Enhancing road verges to aid pollinator conservation: a review. Biological Conservation, 250, 108687-108687. Full text.
Shaw RF, Phillips BB, Doyle T, Pell JK, Redhead JW, Savage J, Woodcock BA, Bullock JM, Osborne JL (2020). Mass-flowering crops have a greater impact than semi-natural habitat on crop pollinators and pollen deposition. Landscape Ecology, 35(2), 513-527. Abstract.  Full text.

2019

Phillips BB, Gaston KJ, Bullock JM, Osborne JL (2019). Road verges support pollinators in agricultural landscapes, but are diminished by heavy traffic and summer cutting. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(10), 2316-2327. Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Phillips BB, Shaw RF, Holland MJ, Fry EL, Bardgett RD, Bullock JM, Osborne JL (2018). Drought reduces floral resources for pollinators. Global Change Biology, 24, 3226-3235. Full text.
Phillips BB, Williams A, Shaw RF, Osborne JL (2018). Shared traits make flies and bees effective pollinators of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). Basic and Applied Ecology Full text.

2015

Doran C, Newham ZF, Phillips BB, Franks NR (2015). Commitment time depends on both current and target nest value in Temnothorax albipennis ant colonies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69(7), 1183-1190.

2013

Gottlieb D, Phillips BB, Sendova-Franks AB, Franks NR (2013). Individual and social information gathering are fine-tuned to the internal state of the group. Animal Behaviour, 85(6), 1479-1484.

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