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Research Interests

Agroecology; Farmland Ecology; Pollination ecology; Ecosystem service provision; Impact of agricultural intensification



Alongside her post at Coventry University CAWR, Dr Barbara Smith is Associate Director of the Centre for Pollination Studies at Calcutta University (2012 –) and is Chair of the Agricultural Ecology Special Interest Group of the British Ecological Society (2011 -). She previously worked as a Senior Scientist in the Farmland Ecology Unit at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (2002 – 2015) focussing on the conservation of farmland biodiversity, developing and evaluating agri-environment scheme options. Barbara has also worked as consultant ecologist on habitat restoration projects, specialising in aggregate sites, carrying out primary botanical research and working in partnership with industry, local communities, local authorities and NGOs.

Areas of research include: developing for targets and measuring biodiversity, management of ecosystem service provision with a focus on pollination; agricultural intensification and its impact on wild plants and insects; the role of semi-natural habitat in mitigating intensive agriculture; intra-specific variation in wild legumes; restoration ecology in calcareous grassland systems; heathland management for biodiversity; novel techniques for collating and validating local and traditional knowledge. Barbara has collaborated with industry and academic partners in the UK and academic partners across Europe. Much of her work has been carried out on farms and through this she has developed a supportive network of stakeholders. Recent work in India has resulted in strong partnerships with farmers, academic colleagues and policy makers.


Vision Statement

With a background in agricultural ecology I work with colleagues from multiple disciplines to develop an agro-ecological evidence base that will play a part in facilitating, sustainable, equitable, productive food systems

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agricultural land Earth & Environmental Sciences
Apoidea Agriculture & Biology
invertebrates Agriculture & Biology
crop Earth & Environmental Sciences
seeds Agriculture & Biology
crops Agriculture & Biology
habitats Agriculture & Biology
seed Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1997 2020

Determinants of Bee Visitation in an Economically Important Vegetable Crop Along an Agricultural Intensification Gradient

Chatterjee, A., Chatterjee, S., Smith, B. & Basu, P., 30 Sep 2019, In : Proceedings of the Zoological Society. (In-Press), p. (In-Press) 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

vegetable crops
1 Citation (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Evaluating the ability of citizen scientists to identify bumblebee (Bombus) species

Falk, S., Foster, G., Comont, R., Conroy, J., Bostock, H., Salisbury, A., Kilbey, D., Bennett, J. & Smith, B., 24 Jun 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 6, 21 p., e0218614.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Predicted thresholds for natural vegetation cover to safeguard pollinator services in agricultural landscapes

Chatterjee, A., Chatterjee, S., Smith, B., Cresswell, J. E. & Basu, P., 10 Dec 2019, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 290, p. (In-Press) 106785.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

vegetation cover
agricultural land

Pollen Transport in the Dark: Hawkmoths Prefer Non CropPlants to Crop Plants in an Agricultural Landscape

Chakraborty, P., Smith, B. & Basu, P., Sep 2018, In : Proceedings of the Zoological Society. 71, 3, p. 299–303 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

light traps
13 Downloads (Pure)

The last mile: Using local knowledge to identify barriers to sustainable grain legume production

Smith, B. M., Gathorne-Hardy, A., Chatterjee, S. & Basu, P., 3 Sep 2018, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 6, SEP, 102.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
traditional knowledge
soil fertility

Activities 2014 2015

  • 3 Participation in conference
  • 1 Other

Chairing the UK-India Agricultural Ecology Initiative

Barbara Smith (Reviewer)
1 Jan 20151 Jan 2020

Activity: Other

UK – India Agro-ecology initiative

Barbara Smith (Organising Committee)
21 Apr 201424 Apr 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Pollinators in Agriculture

Barbara Smith (Organising Committee)
1 Apr 20143 Apr 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Pathways to International Pollinator Partnerships

Barbara Smith (Keynote Speaker)
13 Jul 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference