The NEOPOLL project, funded by the Research Council of Norway, is moving. Julie Sørlie Paus-Knudsen has been hired as a PhD student and started December 1th 2017. In addition we have taken on two master students (Pawel Jan Kolano and Malin Aarønes) to work on the project.
My main research interest is how environmental perturbations affect ecosystems and the species and interactions that comprise them. My current focus is on how neonicotinoid pestecides and climate change affect pollinator behaviour and plant-pollinator interactions. In the group we look at how these pesticides affect both bumblebee behaviour and colony development in teh lab, but also in more natural settings.
I also work with crop pollination in Africa (Tanzania and Kenya) and I'm involved in a project looking at pollinators and pollination in relation to an Oil palm plantation in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. On a more local scale I am involved in a project looking at plant-pollinator interactions and seed set in relation to climate change at Finse, in the Norwegian Mountains and a project looking at pollinators throughout the city of Oslo.
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