Richard Gill - principal investigator

contact: r.gill(at)imperial.ac.uk

phone: +44 (0)20 759 42215

visit my Google Scholar page

My interests are quite varied, but I like to tackle questions using both a behavioural and evolutionary ecology approach in order to understand the impacts on, and responses of, insect populations. 

I am particularly interested in how the effects of human induced perturbations affect insect behaviour, how this impacts on their life-history traits and equates to measures of fitness, and I am further becoming interested in the consequences this has to ecosystem function and services.

Gaining a mechanistic understanding of the drivers of social bee declines and the crucial pollination service they provide has been the mainstay of my research. Current collaborations with molecular biologists and bioinformaticians is also allowing me to explore the genomes of bumblebees to look for signatures of population responses to land-use and environmental change. My studies, however, are also taking me to the cold climes of the Arctic to look at plant-pollinator mutualisms under climate change, down to the tropics to study insect population dynamics and community responses to pesticide exposure in the Maldives and then over to Borneo to study ant competitive networks in disturbed forests.

 

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