Using DNA metabarcoding to quantify plant-pollinator interactions
Compare plant-pollinator interactions detected by DNA metabarcoding with those detected through field-based observations
Determine whether interactions only detected by DNA metabarcoding result in pollination success
Determine how well networks reconstructed from pollen DNA metabarcoding represent true pollination networks
Research team leader: Dr Karen Bell
I am a molecular ecologist with research interests in invasion biology, community ecology and plant-insect interactions. I have recently developed new methods for the identification of pollen using DNA metabarcoding. My research aims to apply these methods to improved understanding of plant-pollinator interactions. I am interested in the impact of pollinators, landscape and evolutionary history on plant population viability.
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