I am from Surrey in the United Kingdom, and I studied for a BSc in biology at the University of Birmingham and a Masters degree at the University of East Anglia. It was during the Masters that I became seriously interested in bumblebees. This led to me working with Dave Goulson at the University of Sussex on how (or indeed whether) existing environmentally friendly management on farmland benefited native bumblebee populations. I expanded the project to encompass the impact of this management on the whole bee community and I successfully defended my thesis in December 2016. My research interests are focused around bee ecology and their effective conservation, particularly on agricultural land. I am also very interested in the evolution and maintenance of pollen diet breadth in bees. In my spare time I work on the ecology, distribution and taxonomy of Western Mediterranean bees in Portugal, a chronically understudied country. Currently I’m a postdoc working on better understanding the relationships between neonicotinoid insecticides and bees in cucumbers.
email: woodtho4 ‘at’ msu.edu