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Fergus Chadwick


fergus_chadwickFergus has a BA (Hons) in Biological Science from the University of Oxford. His primary research focus is in pollination ecology, invasive species and the use of citizen science in biodiversity monitoring. During his undergraduate degree he worked on the role of bee behaviour in exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides with Dr Matt Heard (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), tracking pollinator movements with Dr Tonya Lander (Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford), how we measure pheromone complexity in eusocial insects with Dr Tristram Wyatt (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford), and the role of tertiary level interactions in facilitating plant invasions with Mr Timothy Walker (Somerville College, University of Oxford). He also authored the science and natural history section of Dorling Kindersley’s “The Bee Book”. Since graduating in 2016, he has been responsible for developing citizen science projects at Wytham Woods, University of Oxford, carried out a systematic review of invasive plant control with colleagues at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the University of Oxford, and investigated ivy as a late season food source for pollinators with Professor Jeff Ollerton at the University of Northampton.

Fergus is now a visiting researcher working with Professor Jane Stout examining how urban structure affects the diet and health of Dublin’s pollinators. It is estimated that by the year 2030 over 5 billion people will live in urban areas, representing a tripling of urban land cover in just 30 years. While urbanisation has caused major declines in some bee species, it has positively affect others. By identifying what governs pollinator success and failure in urban environments, we can begin to incorporate these data into urban planning decisions, and work to minimise the damage caused by urbanisation, perhaps even turning our urban areas into refugia for biodiversity that actively contribute to conservation efforts. This project is funded by the Eva Crane Trust (£5,515.33) and the Linnean Society’s Percy Sladen Memorial Fund (£750).

Urban bees: pollen collection in relation to resource availability and landscape structure


Twitter: @fergusjchadwick

Last updated 24 February 2017