Ed Straw

Ed Straw
Royal Holloway, University of London | RHUL · Department of Biological Sciences

PhD Candidate at Royal Holloway
See my ORCID for full publication list: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3205-9157


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I'm in my first year of a PhD at Royal Holloway studying the effects of pesticides and pathogens on Bumblebees. This is part of the POSHBEE project funded by the EU within which I'm working in Mark Brown's group. I'm interested in bee conservation, and research into the factors behind their decline. I'm keen to use laboratory research methods which model the complexities of the real world​. As such I'm studying the interaction between pesticides, which are widespread in nature and pesticides which are fairly ubiquitous​ in bee populations. They are known to act in synergy to the detriment of bee health, yet relatively little research has looked at them together. My PhD aims to shed more light on the interaction.


Publications (2)
Single page summary of Vanderplank et al (2021) - contains a QR code for accessing the paper
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Current global change substantially threatens pollinators, which directly impacts the pollination services underpinning the stability, structure and functioning of ecosystems. Among these threats, many synergistic drivers such as habitat destruction and fragmentation, increasing use of agrochemicals, decreasing resource diversity as well as climate...


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