23rd in the UK for Research Quality (REF2014)


23rd in the UK for Research Quality (REF2014)

Meet Elinor

Zoologist, Ecologist


My passion is bees. A lot of zoologists come into the subject wanting to study large, “exciting” animals but once I started watching bees I never looked back.

The more I learned about bee ecology and the intricacy of their lives the more fascinated I became. Bees influence our diet, our environment and even our culture.

Bees are also an umbrella species. By protecting them we protect entire ecosystems – from wildflowers and other insects to birds and mammals. Without that protection we put them all and ourselves at risk.

My research on insect pollinators is already making a difference but I want to do so much more.

My undergraduate research helped persuade one council to change its policy on mowing regimes. Now it mows verges less often and sows more wildflowers. For my Masters in Research I am studying how pollinators use wildflower areas in the cities of South Wales.

However, I believe educating children on the importance of insect pollinators is just as vital to their successful conservation.

My tutor put me in contact with the International Bee Research Association and I helped develop its free teaching pack for primary schools. I also helped champion its cause in the science tent at last year’s National Eisteddfod.

I hope my enthusiasm and passion gained at Swansea University will help inspire a new generation to look at things in a different way; to value plants and animals that otherwise may be deemed as insignificant and preserve habitats as we are not the only ones who use them.

My dream is to get a PhD and become a research ecologist. I want my findings to influence lawmakers to do more to protect insect pollinators and their habitats. And that really could change the world.”

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