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Gemma's research focuses on biodiversity in agro-ecosystems and urban growing spaces including domestic gardens and allotments. Her recent research has focused on bumblebees, although she has a general interest in insect diversity.

Gemma also has a broad interest in organic growing, issues surrounding food security, and the health and social benefits offered by involvement in allotments and community growing projects. Gemma has worked on a range of projects, including a RELU project investigating the effect of biomass crops on plant and insect diversity, an EU project exploring the benefits of Short Food Chains, and NIAB organic vegetable variety trials. She has also managed a range of citizen science projects.

Gemma also has practical horticultural experience and has worked on organic farms in the UK and South America. She is also interested in organic growing, local food systems, food security, and the health and social benefits associated with growing vegetables.

Her Masters research project was entitled: The effects of anti-parasitic drug residues in cattle faeces on invertebrate diversity in UK farmland.

Vision Statement:

My research is inspired by my interest in the natural world, and the impact that humans have on the environment through agriculture. In particular I am interested in developing ways of maintaining and enhancing biodiversity in agroecosystems, and on allotments and in gardens used for food production.

Areas of Expertise:

Plant identification, Insect identification, Citizen science

Research Interests

Bumblebees; Biodiversity; Citizen science; Managed honeybees; Wild and managed bees; Garden food production; Organic growing systems

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 41 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Other report
  • 1 Poster
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

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Bombus
Bees
Volunteers
Gardening
volunteers
10 Citations (Scopus)
159 Downloads (Pure)
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File
garden
land use
food
vegetables
angiosperm
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37 Downloads (Pure)
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File
Smartphones
Agriculture
Farms
farmers
agriculture

Urban agriculture supports inner city pollinator biodiversity

Foster, G., 25 Jun 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

8 Citations (Scopus)
237 Downloads (Pure)

Effects of ivermectin residues on dung invertebrate communities in a UK farmland habitat

Sutton, G., Bennett, J. & Bateman, M., 2014, In : Insect Conservation and Diversity. 7, 1, p. 64-72

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
ivermectin
cattle manure
agricultural land
sward
invertebrate

Activities 2012 2014

  • 4 Participation in conference

Wildlife Gardening Forum Conference on ‘Biological Recording and Citizen Science in the Garden’

Gemma Foster (Speaker)
28 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Wildlife Gardening Forum Conference on ‘Biological Recording and Citizen Science in the Garden’

Gemma Foster (Speaker)
28 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Geographical Congress, “Health and Environment"

Gemma Foster (Speaker)
26 Aug 201230 Aug 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology of the International Rural Sociology Association (IRSA) on "The New Rural World: From Crises to Opportunities"

Gemma Foster (Speaker)
29 Jul 20124 Aug 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference