May 18th 2015 – Andrew Lucas, Natural Resources Wales, Swansea University and the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Andrew LucasI studied ecology at UEA, and after a series of short contracts, joined the Countryside Council for Wales (now Natural Resources Wales) in 1992.  Since then, I have worked in Carmarthenshire, Meirionnydd and Swansea, mainly on Sites of Special Scientific Interest, their designation, management and monitoring, as well as liaising with landowners.

In 2011, I went part-time to start a PhD at Swansea University, studying hoverflies in grassland habitats (many of which are SSSIs) and their role as pollinators.  This has involved field studies, as well as DNA barcoding of Welsh hoverfly species, and using metabarcoding to study pollen loads carried by hoverflies.  I am jointly supervised by Dr Dan Forman and Dr Penny Neyland (Swansea University) and Dr Natasha De Vere (National Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberystwyth University)  I aim to finish some time in 2016.

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