Prof. Helen Roy's blog

Sharing an enthusiasm for citizen science (and ladybirds) across the world

Chile has incredible appeal for ecologists. The Andes extend alongside the eastern edge of Chile and essentially render it isolated from the rest of South America. Not surprisingly the landscapes of this long and narrow country are extremely diverse and the biodiversity even more so. The species list for Chile includes around 31,000 species and about 37% of these are endemic. Justifiably Chile is considered a global biodiversity hotspot.

The buzz of citizen science

Professor Helen Roy writes about the research and citizen science contribution played by participants in the Big Bumblebee Discovery

Bumblebees are much loved insects but they also play an important ecological role – pollination. There has been concern in recent years that some species of bumblebee, alongside other pollinating insects (including other types of bee and hoverflies), are in decline.

A decade of recording harlequin ladybirds in the UK

Dr Helen Roy of CEH is among the scientists behind the UK Ladybird Survey which, thanks to the help of the public, has monitored the rapid spread of the non-native harlequin ladybird in the UK from its first confirmed appearance in 2004. Coinciding with a new paper in Ecological Entomology, Helen looks back at ten years of harlequin ladybird recording.

Workshop report: Wildlife pathogens: an overlooked bioinvasion threat

Professor Helen Roy reports on a recent workshop held at our headquarters site in Wallingford, UK

On 18–19 March 2015, 38 experts from 13 European countries with expertise ranging from conservation biology and invasion ecology to wildlife epidemiology and disease management, convened at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Wallingford, UK) for a horizon scanning workshop. The overarching aim was to advance understanding of alien pathogens threatening wildlife within natural and semi-natural systems.

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