• 708 Citations
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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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Research Output

Exploring the importance of floral resources and functional trait compatibility for maintaining bee fauna in tropical agricultural landscapes

Laha, S., Chatterjee, S., Das, A., Smith, B. & Basu, P., 1 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Insect Conservation. 24, 3, p. 431-443 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

    Chatterjee, A., Chatterjee, S., Smith, B., Cresswell, J. E. & Basu, P., 1 Mar 2020, In : Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 290, 106785.

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  • The Potential of Arable Weeds to Reverse Invertebrate Declines and Associated Ecosystem Services in Cereal Crops

    Smith, B. M., Aebischer, N. J., Ewald, J., Moreby, S., Potter, C. & Holland, J. M., 10 Jan 2020, In : Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 3, 13 p., 118.

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    Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)

    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 journalArticle

  • 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.

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    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    18 Downloads (Pure)


    • 3 Participation in conference
    • 1 Other

    Chairing the UK-India Agricultural Ecology Initiative

    Barbara Smith (Reviewer)
    1 Jan 20151 Jan 2020

    Activity: Other

    Pollinators in Agriculture

    Barbara Smith (Organising Committee)
    1 Apr 20143 Apr 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    UK – India Agro-ecology initiative

    Barbara Smith (Organising Committee)
    21 Apr 201424 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