Mr Thomas Oliver

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Visiting address

West Common, Harppenden
Bawden Building, room 124
AL5 2JQ
Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Overview

I have a lifelong love of bees thanks to my grandparents. They were beekeepers for more than fifty years, becoming head honey judges at the Shrewsbury Flower Show, producing a film on the history of beekeeping and ultimately passing their passion and knowledge on to me. At the age of fourteen, they handed me my first bee suit, and I have been an avid beekeeper ever since. I have recently completed my MRes at Royal Holloway, where I studied the nutritional requirements of bumblebee queens post hibernation. Alongside my studies, I maintained fourteen hives across four separate sites in central London as part of my own small urban beekeeping business and was able to use my position as house beekeeper on the popular television programme, This Morning, to promote awareness of the plight of pollinators to a broad audience.

Research project: 

The aim of my PhD is to quantify the dispersal ability of specific insects and how these organisms navigate through the environment to allow us to predict how individual species will cope with land use changes. I will achieve this through the use of state-of-the-art drone tracking technology at Rothamsted Research in Hertforshire to collect flight data of bumblebees and other important pollinator species.

 

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - MSc , Biological Sciences Masters by Research (2017 - 2018)
  • 2017 - BSc , Biological Sciences (BSc) (2014 - 2017)
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