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Dr Rosalind Shaw

Dr Rosalind Shaw

Research Fellow

 01326 259469

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 2.03


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



My research focuses on the conservation of species and habitats in human dominated environments, with a particular interest in plant-insect interactions. My research has included the impacts of biodiversity in local and surrounding areas on the ecosystem services provided to farmers, particularly pollination and pest regulation. I have also investigated the impacts of management and connectivity on the biodiversity found in agricultural ditches, an often overlooked habitat. My previous research in Scotland investigated the impacts of human-managed large herbivores on scarce montane willow communities. I am strongly interested in the links between people and the natural environment; and practical strategies that result in positive outcomes for both.

I am currently working on a project with Cornwall Council which aims to improve public areas in urban spaces for biodiversity and for people ( and

Broad research specialisms:

 Insect conservation and biodiversity; Plant-insect interactions; Pollination; Pest regulation; Agricultural ecosystems; Urban biodiversity; Ecosystem services and natural capital.


See my google scholar page for list of publications

I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute.


2006 PhD Ecology (James Hutton Institute and University of Aberdeen)
2001 BSc Botany and Zoology (University of Reading)

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Journal articles

Allen-Perkins A, Magrach A, Dainese M, Garibaldi LA, Kleijn D, Rader R, Reilly JR, Winfree R, Lundin O, McGrady CM, et al (2022). CropPol: a dynamic, open and global database on crop pollination. Ecology, 103(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Kahane F, Osborne J, Crowley S, Shaw R (2022). Motivations underpinning honeybee management practices: a Q methodology study with UK beekeepers. Ambio, 51(10), 2155-2168. Abstract.
Ratto F, Breeze TD, Cole LJ, Garratt MPD, Kleijn D, Kunin B, Michez D, O'Connor R, Ollerton J, Paxton RJ, et al (2022). Rapid assessment of insect pollination services to inform decision-making. Conserv Biol, 36(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Watts SH, Mardon DK, Mercer C, Watson D, Cole H, Shaw RF, Jump AS (2022). Riding the elevator to extinction: Disjunct arctic-alpine plants of open habitats decline as their more competitive neighbours expand. Biological Conservation, 272
Collins C, Shaw RF, Wills J (2022). Using place-based public engagement to improve social and environmental sustainability: Lessons from partnership working in Cornwall, UK. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, 4 Abstract.
Shaw RF, Christman K, Crookes R, Gilbert CN, Osborne JL (2021). Effect of height and colour of bee bricks on nesting occupancy of bees and wasps in sw england. Conservation Evidence, 18, 10-17. Abstract.
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.
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.
Knapp JL, Phillips BB, Clements J, Shaw RF, Osborne J (2020). Socio-psychological factors, beyond knowledge, predict people’s engagement with pollinator conservation. People and Nature
Woodcock BA, Garratt MPD, Powney GD, Shaw RF, Osborne JL, Soroka J, Lindström SAM, Stanley D, Ouvrard P, Edwards ME, et al (2019). Meta-analysis reveals that pollinator functional diversity and abundance enhance crop pollination and yield. Nat Commun, 10(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Knapp JL, Shaw RF, Osborne JL (2019). Pollinator visitation to mass-flowering courgette and co-flowering wild flowers: Implications for pollination and bee conservation on farms. Basic and Applied Ecology, 34, 85-94. Abstract.
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.
Garratt MPD, Bishop J, Degani E, Potts SG, Shaw RF, Shi A, Roy S (2018). Insect pollination as an agronomic input: Strategies for oilseed rape production. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(6), 2834-2842. Abstract.
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
Shaw RF, Johnson PJ, Macdonald DW, Feber RE (2015). Enhancing the biodiversity of ditches in intensively managed UK farmland. PLoS ONE, 10(10). Abstract.
Shaw RF, Pakeman RJ, Young MR, Iason GR (2013). Microsite affects willow sapling recovery from bank vole (Myodes glareolus) herbivory, but does not affect grazing risk. Annals of Botany, 112(4), 731-739.
Okamura B, Ayres K, Salgado J, Davidson TA, Shaw RF, Stephens TW, Hoare D, Sayer CD (2013). Shallow lake sediments provide evidence for metapopulation dynamics: a pilot study. Aquatic Ecology, 47(2), 163-176. Abstract.
Kass GS, Shaw RF, Tew T, Macdonald DW (2011). Securing the future of the natural environment: using scenarios to anticipate challenges to biodiversity, landscapes and public engagement with nature. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48(6), 1518-1526.
Shaw RF, Iason GR, Pakeman RJ, Young MR (2010). Regeneration of Salix arbuscula and Salix lapponum within a Large Mammal Exclosure: the Impacts of Microsite and Herbivory. Restoration Ecology, 18(s1), 1-9.
Shaw RF, Elston DA, Pakeman RJ, Young MR, Iason GR (2010). The impacts of pollination mode, plant characteristics and local density on the reproductive success of a scarce plant species, Salix arbuscula. Plant Ecology, 211(2), 367-377.


Shaw RF, Poole AE, Feber RE, Raebel EM, Macdonald DW (2015). Freshwaters and farming. In  (Ed) Wildlife Conservation on Farmland Volume 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), 210-223.

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