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Research Interests

I am an ecologist with a particular interest in insect pollinators. My research focuses on understanding how anthropogenic activities affect biodiversity, ecological communities and ecosystem services. My research interests encompass a range of landscapes including urban, agricultural and natural ecosystems in both tropical and temperate environments.

I am also a knowledge exchange practitioner and during my postdoc and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship I developed links with policymakers, practitioners and other non-academic stakeholders to increase the impact of my research by incorporating recommendations based on scientific evidence into policy and practice.

My current research projects include community-level studies of plant-pollinator interactions in urban landscapes in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in savannah habitats in Kenya.

For further information on my research and publications please see my profiles on Google Scholar, ORCID or Twitter.

Research Group

Francesca Martelli, Northumbria University RDF PhD student, 2021-2024

Project title: Interactions between pollinators and people: assessing the socio-economic drivers of garden and allotment management and implications for urban pollinator communities

Supervisors: Katherine Baldock (lead), Alister Scott, Mark Goddard

Beatrice Dale, NERC One Planet DTP PhD student, 2021-2025

Project title: Quantifying the importance of tree floral resources for pollinators in urban landscapes

Supervisors: Katherine Baldock (lead), Matthew Pound, Mark Goddard, Rinke Vinkenoog, Darren Evans (Newcastle University)

Federica Paradiso, NERC One Planet DTP PhD student, 2021-2025

Project title: Making space for urban pollinators: Strategies for enabling coexistence between honeybees and wild pollinators in cities

Supervisors: Mark Goddard (lead), Katherine Baldock, Matthew Pound, Mark Whittingham (Newcastle University)

Sarah Woods, Northumbria University PhD student, 2023-2026

Project title: How are nocturnal Lepidoptera affected by urbanisation and other anthropogenic factors?'

Supervisors: Andy Suggitt (lead), Katherine Baldock, Mark Goddard

Sophie Carolan, NERC One Planet DTP PhD student, 2023-2027

Project title: Exploring the health and environmental drivers of coral reef bright spots

Supervisors: Holly East (lead), Katherine Baldock, James Guest (Newcastle university), Jamie Johnson (Marine Management Organisation)

Matthew Dopson, NERC One Planet DTP PhD student, Newcastle University, 2022-2026

Project title: Resilient food systems in a changing world

Supervisors: Clive Emary (lead; Newcastle University), Darren Evans (Newcastle University), Katherine Baldock


Dr Nicholas Tew NERC GW4+ DTP PhD student, University of Bristol, 2017-2022

Project title: Floral resources and insect pollinators in urban landscapes

Supervisors: Jane Memmott (lead; University of Bristol), Katherine Baldock, Stephanie Bird (Royal Horticultural Society), Ian Vaughan (Cardiff University)

Currently a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis, USA

Dr Joanne Morten, Research Assistant 2017-2018

Project: Improving urban habitat management for insect pollinators and people

Funder: NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

Completed a PhD at University of Exeter and currently Marine Science Officer at BirdLife International

Shannon Goldberg, Research Assistant

Project: Plant-pollinator interactions in urban parks (co-PIs Katherine Baldock, Mark Goddard, coI: Miranda Prendergast-Miller)

Funders: Beelines North East (Urban Green Newcastle, Northumberland Wildlife Trust) and Northumbria University internal funding

Currently a PhD student at Northumbria University


2023 - present: Associate Professor in Ecology, Northumbria University, UK

2019-2023: Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Ecology, Northumbria University, UK

2015-2019: NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Bristol, UK

2011-2015: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bristol, UK

2009-2010: Applied Community Ecologist, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK

2008-2009: Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PGCert, Postgraduate Certificate Academic Practice, Northumbria University

Jan 2020Sept 2021

Ecology, PhD, Multi-species pollination interactions in a Kenya savannah ecosystem, University of Edinburgh



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