Many insect species,including bees, are suffering a decline in numbers. To understand the causes of declines it must be possible to quantify an insects movement over great distances. This can be achieved through the use of a new drone technology produced at Bangor University. Target audience: Children up to adults who have a basic grasp of ecology.
The aim of Tom’s PhD is to quantify the dispersal ability of specific insects and how these organisms navigate through the environment to allow us to predict how individual species will cope with land use changes. Tom will achieve this through the use of state-of-the-art drone tracking technology at Rothamsted Research facility in Harpenden to collect flight data of bumblebees and other important pollinator species.