Daniel Kenna - NERC PhD student
I'm currently a first year PhD student at Imperial College London, working within the Gill lab group. I'm NERC-funded through the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP in association with the Grantham Institute.
My research broadly aims to understand how bumblebee colonies respond to, and cope with, environmental change. Increased agricultural practices and intensification have resulted in the clearance and fragmentation of many natural habitats, posing potential challenges to wildlife such as insect pollinators. Bumblebees are important pollinators, however, as they are central place foragers the increasing rate of floral habitat patchiness is likely to increase foraging distance requirements, making it difficult to sustain a colony's energetic demands. My research aims to gain a clear understanding as to how certain environmental stressors (such as pesticide exposure and temperature fluctuations) affect bee flight and foraging performance, and the consequences this can have on colony survival under different degrees of habitat fragmentation.