Project team

University of Bristol

Professor Jane Memmott

Jane Memmott is Professor of Ecology at the University of Bristol and the lead investigator of the Urban Pollinators Project.  Her research includes pollination ecology, invasion ecology, agro-ecology, biological control and restoration ecology. She works as both a pure and an applied ecologist and is particularly keen on working at the interface between the two disciplines.  Her group uses a wide variety of techniques: from field observation to field experiment, from theory to molecular approaches.

Dr Katherine Baldock

Katherine Baldock is based at the University of Bristol and is the senior postdoctoral researcher responsible for coordinating the project. Since completing a Biology degree at the University of Bristol, Katherine has researched plant-pollinator communities in both tropical and temperate habitats. During her PhD based at the University of Edinburgh she examined plant-pollinator interactions in a Kenyan savannah habitat (Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya). She has also worked on pollinators in Costa Rican tropical dry forest and UK agricultural landscapes. Katherine has also researched wildlife-friendly hedgerow management at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Wallingford and worked as a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Helen Morse

Helen Morse is a Research Technician working on the Urban Pollinator Project at the University of Bristol where she oversees the daily running of the Bristol based field team. After completing her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Plymouth she then spent the summer working as a Research Assistant for the university, recording and analysing cirl bunting (Emberiza cirlus) song, before undertaking an MSc in Applied Ecology at the University of Exeter.

University of Edinburgh

Professor Graham Stone

Graham Stone is Professor of Ecology at the University of Edinburgh, and a Co-investigator in the Urban Pollinators project.  After completing a degree in zoology, Graham completed his doctorate on the flight physiology and behaviour of bees - particularly solitary (non-social) species. Since then, his research has broadened to cover many aspects of insect-plant interactions, including pollination ecology and plant galls. After spells at Imperial College and Oxford, Graham moved to Edinburgh in 1998. In addition to involvement in the Urban Pollinators project, he is using DNA sequencing approaches to understand the evolution and diversity of insect communities associated with Inga tree species in Central and South America, and with oak tree species across the World.

Mr Damien Hicks

Damien is based at the University of Edinburgh as a research assistant on the Urban Pollinators project. He specialises in botanical identification and survey techniques and his most recent post was monitoring aquatic species for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.  This involved running taxonomic training, data quality analyses and the modelling of aquatic macrophytes and river alkalinity. He has published research on the plant genera Ilex and Pittosporum, the bird genera Eos and Halcyon and an interactive key to seed plants. Damien is particularly interested in the use of molecular techniques to study plants and pollinators.

University of Leeds

Prof. Bill Kunin

Bill Kunin is Professor of Ecology at the University of Leeds.  Bill was educated in the USA, but has worked in the UK since 1993, first at Imperial College and then at Leeds.  His research focuses on spatial patterns in plant populations, and how they affect interactions with pollinators and herbivorous insects.  Bill has a long history of collaborative research on agricultural landscapes, including participation in two Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) projects and several EU grants; he also organised the UKPopNet Research Farm Network. Bill is the team leader for the Agriland project, another of the UK Insect Pollinator Initiatives.

Dr Mark Goddard

Mark Goddard is a Research Assistant on the Urban Pollinators project based at the University of Leeds. Since achieving his MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of York in 2003, Mark worked for the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust followed by a spell as a professional ecological consultant where he developed an interest in the ecological design of urban green spaces and the integration of wildlife features within the built environment.  Mark came to Leeds in 2007 and has recently completed his PhD that explored the ecological and social drivers of bird and bee diversity in residential landscapes.  Mark is particularly interested in how socio-economic factors and human decision-making influence the wildlife-friendly management of private gardens and green spaces at multiple scales in urban ecosystems.

University of Reading

Professor Simon Potts

Simon Potts is Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between land use, biodiversity and ecosystem services, with particular emphasis on pollination and pest regulation, and developing evidence-based adaptation and mitigation options for policy and management applications. He coordinates a number of international projects including the EU FP7 project, Status and Trends of European Pollinators (

Dr Nadine Mitschunas

Nadine Mitschunas is a research technician working on the Urban Pollinators Project at the University of Reading and is responsible for the organisation and execution of Reading-based fieldwork, and for specimen processing and data entry. Nadine's main interests are plant identification (especially native and ornamental higher plants) and wildlife gardening. Before taking up her current position, Nadine worked in the Department of Landscape at University of Sheffield and at the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

Dr Anna Scott

Anna Scott is a research fellow in the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, at the University of Reading. Anna completed her PhD on ‘landscape scale conservation in urban areas’ at the University of Salford, and she has since continued to focus her research on landscape ecology and GIS. Her main research interests include urban landscapes, and the scale sensitivity and effectiveness of nature conservation policies and practices. Anna’s role on the Urban Pollinators Project involves the use GIS mapping to select potential study sites, and to analyse the landscapes and habitats surrounding those sites.

Practitioner partners

Avon Wildlife Trust

Avon Wildlife Trust
Contact: Dr Lucy Rogers,

Berkshire Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Contact: Kate Dent

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Bristol City Council Bristol City Council

Contacts: Becky Belfin & Teija Ahjokoski

The City of Edinburgh Council

City of Edinburgh Council

Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council
Contacts: Giles Sutton & Dave Booth

Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council


National Museum of Wales

National Museums of Wales, Cardiff

Mike Wilson, Head of Entomology (Hemiptera)
Mark Pavett (Hymenoptera)
John Deeming (Diptera)