|Quantifying and mitigating spatio-temporal risks to pollination services caused by climate change|
Growing up in Kent I developed an interest from a young age in the traditions and traditional industries of the area. Being brought up surrounded by orchards made me think about how much value they bring, not just to me, but to the local and national economy. After reading an article that highlighted how the changing climate might threaten Kentish and indeed British orchards, I decided I would like to be involved in ensuring their survival into the future.
I am also interested in not only the science behind environmental problems such as this, but also how they are managed to satisfy different stakeholders who often have conflicting opinions. Because of this I chose to study a BSc in Environmental Management and undertook a year-long placement at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust as a member of their farmland ecology unit. This allowed me to develop fieldwork and entomological skills. During my undergraduate degree I took part in projects looking at pesticide residues in several fruit crops and comparing tillage options for natural enemies in arable crops.
I have an interest in this PhD project both because of my interest in the future of orchards and also that it gives me the chance to develop my knowledge of pollinators, a subject I touched upon while with the GWCT.