Farmland heterogeneity effects on pollinators and pollination servicesI am interested in understanding how pollinators are affected by land use change at the local and landscape scale and how we can contribute in intensively farmed regions to sustain diverse and vital pollinator populations that provide an important ecosystem service.
My PhD is part of the FarmLand project (www.farmland-biodiversity.org) that investigates the effect of crop heterogeneity on biodiversity and ecosystem services in seven different regions in Europe and Canada. In each region we selected landscapes representing independent gradients of crop configuration (mean field size) and crop composition (crop diversity) and examine how landscape scale crop heterogeneity affects biodiversity of different taxa and ecosystem services. In my project I focus on the effects of crop heterogeneity on different pollinator species (bees, butterflies and hoverflies) and the seed set of wild and crop plant species (cornflower, radish and oilseed rape). We aim to test whether agricultural landscapes can be improved for biodiversity by diversifying the crop mosaic and reducing field sizes as these measures might be easier to implement than others that take land out of production.