With my PhD project I’m interested in exploring the pollination dynamics found and shared between agricultural and native vegetation. I’ll be investigating what landscape factors and cultivation practices influence the provisioning of wild pollination services provided to various crops grown around the world.
While many studies have looked into the importance of wild pollinators to crop production, few have investigated the importance of wild pollinators for the conservation of native plants residing in large-scale agricultural landscapes. Therefore, a large part of my study will be conducted in Western Australia, where I’ll be working with the annual wildflower communities and canola crops, looking at the pollination dynamics between these two concurrent flowering systems. I will also be looking into how wild-insect mediated crop pollination is impacted by growing conditions, landscape structure and climate change worldwide. With my research I hope to add to our current understanding of how remnant flowering vegetation impacts the pollination services received by crops, how an insect-attracting crop impacts the pollination services received by native plants in remnant vegetation of high conservation value, and to determine if the same landscape and growing approaches have consistent impacts on crops commonly grown in very different parts of the world.
BSc (Hons 1) – University of Queensland