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Principal Investigator of Newton-funded project Sustainable Fruit Farming in the Caatinga: managing ecosystem service trade-offs as agriculture intensifies (SUFICA), working with Brazilian fruit farms.
Co-ordinating Lead Author of the IPBES Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production.
Core team member for the Conservation Evidence project, based at the University of Cambridge.
Partner in Cambridge Conservation Initiative project on conserving wild pollinators and increasing food security (2016-2017).
Chair of Eklipse project Expert Working Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods.
Research collaborator and advisor to the Waitrose Agronomy Group: www.sustainableagriculturewaitrose.org
Biodiversity lead for the Innovation Hub Science Committee and member of Method Development Committee for the Cool Farm Alliance.
- 2019- : Visiting Researcher, University of East Anglia; Lecturer in Animal Ecology, University of Cambridge
- 2016-2019: NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of East Anglia
- 2009-2016: Postdoctoral researcher, then NERC Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology
- 2002-2009: Science writer, science communications adviser (part-time while raising young family)
- 2002: PhD, community ecology of flower-visiting insects, University of Cambridge
- 1995: BA Biological Sciences, University of Oxford
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My research group works at the interface between agro-ecology, policy and the food and farming industry. I moved to the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology in December 2019, but many members of my research group remain at UEA.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
I am an applied ecologist focused on sustainable management of agricultural landscapes.
Managing ecosystem services on commercial farms
I work on how farmers can benefit from ecosystem services in realistic commercial contexts, and how to use scientific evidence in policy and practice. I have developed methods to compile and synthesize ecological evidence and make it useful for decision-making. I use rigorous approaches to gather expert judgement, for rapid, transparent assessment of evidence, and build user-friendly models to support farm management decisions (see for example, the new Cool Farm Biodiversity Tool). I work with organisations that manage the environment, in Government, the charitable sector and the food and farming industry. All my work is focused on insect pollinator conservation and ecosystem services in farmland, but the methods are widely applicable.
Pollinator conservation and use of the landscape by wild bees
Wild pollinators are important to crop production and wild plant reproduction, and most of this pollination service is carried out by a relatively small number of common, widespread bee species. To preserve this ecological function, and optimise it for agriculture, we need landscapes that support common wild pollinators in the long term, by providing the food and nesting resources they need at the appropriate scale.
I use a combination of laboratory experiments, field ecology, genetics and remote sensing to understand how wild bees use landscapes and respond to land management.
I also work on pollinator conservation from policy and agronomic perspectives. What actions are cost-effective and feasible, to support and conserve common and declining wild pollinators? How do these actions fit within a program of ecological intensification, to enhance or maintain intensive production within a thriving agricultural ecosystem? How can growers using managed pollinators minimise impacts on wild pollinator populations?
Research Group Membership
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Sustainable pollination services for the soft fruit industry: exploiting genomics to manage a key ecosystem service
1/10/18 → 30/09/22
1/10/18 → 31/12/22
Sustainable Fruit farming In the CAatinga: managing ecosystem service trade-offs as agriculture intensifies (SUFICA)
14/05/18 → 13/04/22
Understanding the epidemiology of fungal pathogens and their impact on seasonal variation in avocado quality throughout the supply chain
Dicks, L., Wagstaff, C. & Berry, J.
16/10/17 → 15/10/21
Dicks, L. V., Breeze, T. D., Ngo, H. T., Senapathi, D., An, J., Aizen, M. A., Basu, P., Buchori, D., Galetto, L., Garibaldi, L. A., Gemmill-Herren, B., Howlett, B. G., Imperatriz-Fonseca, V. L., Johnson, S. D., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Kwon, Y. J., Lattorff, H. M. G., Lungharwo, T., Seymour, C. L., Vanbergen, A. J. & 1 others, , Oct 2021, In: Nature Ecology & Evolution. 5, 10, p. 1453–1461 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review1 Citation (Scopus)
Dicks, L. V., Falagan, C., Wallace, C. & Osborne, J. L., May 2021, In: Journal of Applied Ecology. 58, 5, p. 1017-1029 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)19 Downloads (Pure)
& 4 others, , 1 Feb 2021, In: Environmental Science & Policy. 116, p. 56-68 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
Restoration and conservation of priority areas of Caatinga’s semi-arid forest remnants can support connectivity within an agricultural landscapeSalazar, A., Arellano, E., Muñoz-Sáez, A., Miranda, M., Oliveira da Silva, F., Zielonka, N., Crowther, L., Silva-Ferreira, V., Oliveira-Reboucas, P. & Dicks, L., 21 May 2021, In: Land. 10, 6, 550.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Dicks, L. V., Ellis, E. C., Goldenberg, M., Huaylla, C. A., Kuperman, M., Locke, H. & 3 others, , Apr 2021, In: Conservation Letters. 14, 2, e12773.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile27 Citations (Scopus)3 Downloads (Pure)
Dicks, Lynn (Recipient), May 2017
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