1/3 of the world's major crops are pollinated by insects. Pollinating insects are therefor crucial to food security. Australia is home to at least 1600 species of native bee, most of which have received very little research attention. We are also becoming increasingly aware of the role played by other non-bee pollinators such as flies and wasps.
My research on insect pollinators focuses on the following broad questions:
1. Can we design bee-friendly strategies for maximising pollination benefits in rural and urban agricultural settings?
2. What role do native insects play in crop pollination?
3. How does urbanisation impact pollinator populations?
4. How do exotic bees such as the honey bee and the African carder bee impact native bees?
I am also interested in anything related to the behaviour and ecology of these fascinating, under-studied animals.