Lewis Armstrong, MSc student
I am interested in the role of parasites in bumblebee health, and will be asking what role nutrition may play in this relationship
Marta Barton-Navarro, MSc student
In my undergraduate project I asked whether sugar concentration affected the success of Crithidia bombi
infection in bumblebees. I enjoyed it so much I decided to do a masters in parasite coinfection in bumblebees!
Harry's PhD was co-supervised by Mark and Dr Elli Leadbeater, also at Royal Holloway. He's now heading off to do a post-doc in Felicity Muth's lab in Texas!
Emily Bailes, Postdoctoral Fellow
Emily worked on a BBSRC project looking at virus transmission in bumblebees. She's currently working as a technician whilst laying future career plans
Judy Bagi, Research Assistant
Judy was our amazing lab manager and research assistant - we miss her more than we can say! She is now making science work at UCL
Callum Martin, PhD student
Callum's PhD examined the impacts of parasitic infection on bumblebee behaviour and pollination efficiency, as well as the efficacy of commercial bumblebees at providing pollination services in crops. He's currently hiking America!
Arran Folly, PhD student
Arran's PhD was on the effect of floral biochemistry on bumblebee health, including interactions with prevalent parasites, in collaboration with Kew Botanic Gardens. He is now a researcher at APHA Weybridge
Dylan Hodgkiss, PhD student
Dylan did his PhD on whether aphid-eating hoverflies provide pollination and pest control services to British strawberry growers. He is currently a statistician for BerryGarden
Sarah Walkington, PhD student
Sarah did her PhD on the ecology of bumblebee gut microbiota and its impacts on host health, lead-supervised by Matt Heard at CEH. She is currently a molecular research technician at the NHM London.
Alex Matthews, MRes student
Alex did his undergraduate degree at the Royal Agricultural University. In his Masters he examined the impacts of parasites and pesticides on bumblebees. He's now exploring a career in agriculture.
Tom Oliver, MRes student
Tom did his undergraduate degree at the University of Westminster. He examined the nutritional choices, and their impact on fitness, of bumblebee queens in his Masters project. He's now doing his PhD at Bangor.
James Blackshaw, MRes student (RHUL, 2016-2017)
James did his MRes in our group on phytochemicals in field beans. After graduating, he is using his statistical skills in a new job as an analyst at HM Revenue & Customs!
Zoe Munday, MRes Student (RHUL, 2015-2016)
Zoe did her MRes in our group on necrophoretic behaviour in bumblebees. After graduating with a Distinction, she is now following a career path as a research technician in the private sector
Fabio Manfredini, Postdoctoral Fellow (RHUL, 2013-2016)
Fabio was a Marie-Curie post-doctoral fellow, working on life-history, parasites, social transitions, and gene expression in social insects. He is now a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Elli Leadbeater.
Gemma Baron, PhD Student (RHUL, 2011-2015)
Gemma graduated with a PhD, co-supervised by Nigel Raine, in which she examined the impacts of parasites and pesticides on bumblebee fitness. She is now an Ecology Officer for the National Trust.
Inti Pedroso, Postdoctoral Fellow (RHUL, 2011-2013)
Inti was a post-doctoral fellow on a Leverhulme grant, which investigated the impact of parasitic worms on bumblebees. He is now a research fellow at the Frauenhofer Chile Research Foundation.
Matthias Fürst, Postdoctoral Fellow (RHUL, 2010-2013)
Matthias was a post-doctoral fellow on a BBSRC grant, which investigated emerging pathogens in wild bumblebees. After a post-doc in Austria, he is now a scientist for the Austrian government.
Chris Pull, MRes Student (RHUL, 2011-2012)
Chris did his undergraduate project, and then his masters on fungal impacts on colony-founding ant queens. He did his PhD at IST-Austria, and is now a post-doctoral fellow in the Leadbeater group.
Heng-Yi Ling, MRes Student (RHUL, 2011-2012)
Henry did his masters project on worker size demography in bumblebees. He is now a project manager in Vietnam.
Catherine Jones, PhD Student (RHUL, 2009-2012)
Catherine studied the interaction between the range-expanding tree bumblebee and its parasites, with a focus on the nematode worm Sphaerularia bombi. She is now in the Buglife conservation team.
(Thomas) Joe Colgan, PhD Student (TCD, 2008-2012)
Joe studied how parasitism by a castrating parasitic worm, Sphaerularia bombi, impacted gene expression in bumblebee queens. He is now doing a post-doc in the Reed lab at University College Cork.
Jim Carolan, Postdoctoral Fellow (TCD, 2009-2010)
Caitriona Cunningham, MSc Student (TCD, 2007-2009)
Catriona carried out her MSc, which was co-supervised by Jane Stout, on the impacts of land-use on insect diversity.
Karl Magnacca, Postdoctoral Fellow (TCD, 2007-2009)
Karl was a post-doctoral fellow on a SFI grant to examine DNA barcoding in bees. He is now a researcher in Hawai'i (and we're not at all jealous...).
Mike Kelly, PhD Student (TCD, 2005-2009)
Eugenie Regan, Postdoctoral Fellow (TCD, 2005-2007)
Eugenie was a post-doctoral fellow funded by the EPA to investigate habitat fragmentation and invertebrate diversity. She is now an environmental consultant.
Úna Fitzpatrick, Postdoctoral Fellow (TCD, 2003-2007)
Mario X Ruiz-González, PhD Student (TCD, 2002-2006)
Mario studied the interactions between the trypanosome parasite Crithidia bombi and its multiple bumblebee host species. He is pursuing a career in academia.
John McMullan, PhD Student (TCD, 2002-2006)
John studied the interactions between the tracheal mite Acarapis woodi and its honeybee host. He continues to work and publish on honeybee health.
Samina Rutrecht, PhD Student (TCD, 2002-2005)
Samina studied the interactions between the microsporidian parasite Nosema bombi and its bumblebee host. She was a professor at St. George's University, Grenada, a full-time parent, and is now building her career as a garden designer.
Avril Rothwell, MSc Student (TCD, 2003)
Avril studied the impact of agricultural landscapes on bumblebee diversity, co-supervised by Jane Stout. Avril went on to do a PhD on the impact of agricultural systems on worm diversity.