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Dr Katherine Baldock

Dr Katherine Baldock

Dr Katherine Baldock
BSc(Bristol), MRes(Leeds), PhD(Edin)

Research Assistant

Area of research

Plant-pollinator interactions in urban ecosystems; plant-pollinator networks

Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41384


I am interested in community-level interactions between plants and their pollinators and the study of these relationships using interaction networks.


Current Research

I manage the research project "Urban Pollinators: their ecology and conservation". This large-scale project is studying insect pollinators in urban habitats around the UK. The work is funded as part of the UK Insect Pollinators Initiative and is a collaborative project led by the University of Bristol. For further information see


2014 - present: NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow "Improving urban habitat management for pollinators and people"

2013-present: Co-investigator "Quality in pollination networks: visitation frequency and pollinator effectiveness". NERC-funded project led by Pat Willmer & Gavin Ballantyne, University of St. Andrews.

2011-present: Postdoctoral researcher "Urban Pollinators: their ecology and conservation", University of Bristol, UK. PIs: Jane Memmott, Bill Kunin, Graham Stone, Simon Potts. Insects Pollinators Initiative project funded by BBSRC, Defra, NERC, Scottish Government and Wellcome Trust.

2009-2010: Higher Scientific Officer, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK.

2008, 2009: Chief Science Leader for British Schools Exploring Society expeditions to Ladakh, India.

2008-2009: Teaching fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2007, 2008: Full-time tutor, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2003-2007: PhD 'Multispecies Pollination Interactions in a Kenyan Savannah Ecosystem'. University of Edinburgh, UK. Supervisor: Graham Stone. NERC-funded studentship.

2001-2002: MRes Biodiversity and Conservation, Distinction, University of Leeds, UK.

1997-2000: BSc Biology, University of Bristol, UK.


I have experience of designing, delivering and assessing a range of lecture courses and have supervised postgraduate and undergraduate projects.

Lecturing: Schools of Biology and Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

I delivered lectures, practical sessions, in-course assessments and examinations for three undergraduate courses:

  • Population and Community Ecology (third year course)
  • Principles of Ecology (second year course)
  • Field Biology (second year course).

Student project supervision: Universities of Edinburgh & Bristol

  • Supervision of visiting Masters student to Community Ecology lab (Rudi Verspoor, Imperial College)
  • Supervision of individual Senior Honours research projects covering a range of topics (12 students; 2007-2009)
  • Provision of guidance in project design and statistical analysis as a full-time tutor for Zoology & Evolutionary Biology Senior Honours students in 2007 (84 students) and 2008 (53 students).
  • Supervision of undergraduate student group projects for two courses: Behavioural Ecology (third year) and Principles of Ecology (second year).
  • University supervisor for University of Edinburgh Orchid Pollination undergraduate research expedition to Mexico

Tutorials: Schools of Biology and Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

  • Quantitative Zoology (Senior Honours course): Organisation and delivery of computer practicals and problem-based discussion tutorials in statistical analysis and project design; 2007: 92 students, 2008: 56 students.
  • Biometrics (second year undergraduate course): tutorials in statistics.

Postgraduate demonstrator: Schools of Biology and Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

  • First year undergraduate: Origin and Diversity of Life, Quantification in the Life Sciences, Environmental and Community Biology
  • Second year undergraduate: Animal Biology, Field Biology, Principles of Ecology
  • Junior Honours: Ecological Measurement, Population and Community Ecology


  • pollinators
  • bees
  • community
  • networks
  • urban
  • savanna
  • Kenya


  • Ecological network analysis

Selected publications

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Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Professor Pat Willmer (University of St Andrews)
  • Professor Graham Stone (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Bill Kunin (University of Leeds)
  • Professor Simon Potts (University of Reading)
  • Dr Mark Goddard (University of Leeds)
  • Dr Anna Scott (University of Reading)
  • Dr Phillip Staniczenko (University College London)
  • Dr LuĂ­sa Carvalheiro (University of Leeds & Naturalis Biodiversity Center Leiden)
  • Dr Mary Gikungu (National Museums of Kenya)
  • Dr Gavin Ballantyne (University of St Andrews)

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