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Dr Katherine Baldock

Dr Katherine Baldock

Dr Katherine Baldock
PhD, MSc, BSc

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Area of research

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

Office 402
Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41704


My research interests lie in the field of community ecology, in particular community-level interactions between plants and their pollinators and the study of these relationships using interaction networks.

My current research is focused on plant-pollinator communities in urban areas and how urban habitat management affects insect pollinators. I am currently a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow based in the School of Biological Sciences and the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol. The aim of the fellowship is to improve the value of UK urban areas for insect pollinators by working with important stakeholder groups including urban land managers, policymakers, conservation practitioners, businesses, academic researchers and the landscape industry.

I am also collaborating with Professor Pat Willmer and Dr Gavin Ballantyne from the University of St Andrews on a NERC-funded project examining the incorporation of individual pollinator effectiveness into networks.

The Urban Pollinators project

Until October 2014 I worked as a postdoctoral researcher managing the research project "Urban Pollinators: their ecology and conservation". This large-scale project studied insect pollinators and the plants they feed on in urban habitats. The work was funded as part of the UK Insect Pollinators Initiative and was a collaborative project led by the University of Bristol.

Project collaborators are the University of Leeds, University of Reading and University of Edinburgh. Project partners are Bristol City Council, Avon Wildlife Trust, Reading Borough Council, Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, City of Edinburgh Council and the National Museums of Wales, Cardiff.

The project has examined plant-pollinator communities in replicate cities, farms and nature reserves, sampled 700 sites in four cities to assess the suitability of urban habitats for pollinators and planted 60 pollen and nectar-rich flower meadows to examine their benefit for pollinators.

Further details can be found on the project website which will continue to be updated during my fellowship.


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.

2011-2014: 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 Masters student Travis Guy, University of Florida, co-supervised with Professor Todd Palmer
  • 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
  • pollination
  • bees
  • community
  • networks
  • urban
  • savanna
  • Kenya
  • knowledge exchange
  • policy


  • Ecological network analysis

Selected publications

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Recent publications

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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)
  • Professor Jane Memmott (University of Bristol)
  • Professor Todd Palmer (University of Florida)
  • Dr Mark Goddard (University of Newcastle)
  • Dr Phillip Staniczenko (University of Maryland & SESYNC)
  • Dr Luísa Carvalheiro (Universidade de Brasília)
  • Dr Mary Gikungu (National Museums of Kenya)
  • Dr Gavin Ballantyne (University of St Andrews)
  • Dr Anna Scott (University of Reading)

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