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May 24th, 2016 at UCL: Meet the Expert with Dr. Ben Woodcock (UK) on agricultural management, biodiversity and ecosystem services

Added Wednesday 13 April 2016
Dear PhD students in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution,

the third Expert you selected for 2015-2016 is Dr. Ben Woodcock, head of Biodiversity & Conservation Management Group at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, UK. He will come at UCL on May 24th, 2016 to meet you and give a seminar titled:

"Reconciling intensive agricultural management with maintenance and enhancement of native biodiversity and ecosystem services".

Necessary readings that you can download on the BDIV research centre - UCL webpage (usually the link is :

1.      Woodcock B.A., Harrower C., Redhead J., Edwards M., Vanbergen A.J., Heard M.S., Roy D.B. & Pywell R.F. (2014) National patterns of functional diversity and redundancy in predatory ground beetles and bees associated with key UK arable crops. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51, 142-151.

2.      Oliver T.H., Heard M.S., Isaac N.J.B., Roy D.B., Procter D., Eigenbrod F., Freckleton R., Hector A., Orme D.L., Petchey O.L., Proenca V., Raffaelli D., Suttle K.B., Mace G.M., Martin-Lopez B., Woodcock B.A. & Bullock J.M. (2015) Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystem Functions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30, 673-684.

3.      Pywell R.B., Heard M.S., Woodcock B.A., Hinsley S., Ridding L., Nowakowski M. & Bullock J. (2015) Wildlife-Friendly Farming Increases Crop Yield: Evidence for Ecological Intensification. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282, 20151740

4.      Woodcock B.A., Edwards M., Redhead J., Meek W.R., Nuttall P., Falk S., Nowakowski M. & Pywell R.F. (2013) Crop flower visitation by honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees:  small scale behavioural differences linked to landscape scale responses. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 171, 1-8.

Please register before May 15th, 2016 to, to be able to participate. Registration is free.
There will be a discussion after the seminar based on your questions. To prepare the discussion with the expert, there will also be a meeting to discuss the articles the week before May 24th : please register asap to and a date/time/place will be fixed the week before according to the participants's availability.

All the best, see you numerous,

Caroline Nieberding and Camille Turlure.

Last update by EDT BEE on Wednesday 27 April 2016