Dr Natasha De Vere PhD, MSc, PGCE, BA (hons)

Dr Natasha De Vere

Senior Lecturer

Contact Details


I am Head of Science at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and a senior lecturer in IBERS. Prior to that I was Conservation Officer at the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Additional Information

I am a senior lecturer in plant and pollinator ecology (25%) and Head of Science at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (75%).


Module Coordinator

I am module co-ordinator for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Conservation Field Course (BR30120). This is based at the Danau Girang Field Centre, Sabah, Borneo.


My research uses DNA barcoding and metabarcoding for biodiversity conservation and human health. A major achievement was leading the teams that DNA barcoded all of the native flowering plants of Wales and the UK. I have worked on a wide range of projects that use DNA barcoding, ranging from fighting wildlife crime to monitoring air-borne pollen to assist hayfever and asthma sufferers. I was a consultant on the Google-funded Barcode of Wildlife Project and I am currently part of the team working on the NERC grant: "Using DNA barcoding to understand grass species pollen deposition: enhancing bio-aerosol models and implications for human health".

A key focus of my research is using DNA metabarcoding to understand foraging preferences of both wild pollinators and honeybees.

I am also passionate about public engagement with science and regularly present my research on television and radio. A particular interest is using art-science to engage a wider audience with scientific ideas.



Deiner, K., Bik, H.M., Mächler, E., Seymour, M., Lacoursière-Roussel, A., Altermatt, F., Creer, S., Bista, I., Lodge, D.M., De Vere, N., Pfrender, M.E., Bernatchez, L. 2017. Environmental DNA metabarcoding: Transforming how we survey animal and plant communities. Molecular Ecology 26 (21) pp. 5872-5895. 10.1111/mec.14350

Lucas, A., Bull, J.C., De Vere, N., Neyland, P.J., Forman, D.W. 2017. Flower resource and land management drives hoverfly communities and bee abundance in semi-natural and agricultural grasslands. Ecology and Evolution 10.1002/ece3.3303

Ito, Y., Tanaka, N., Barfod, A., Kaul, R., Muasya, A.M., Garcia-Murillo, P., De Vere, N., Duyfjes, B., Albach, D. 2017. From terrestrial to aquatic habitats and back again: molecular insights into the evolution and phylogeny of Callitriche (Plantaginaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 184 (1) pp. 46-58. 10.1093/botlinnean/box012 Cadair

Hamston, T.J., Wilson, R.J., De Vere, N., Rich, T.C., Stevens, J.R., Cresswell, J.E. 2017. Breeding system and spatial isolation from congeners strongly constrain seed set in an insect-pollinated apomictic tree: Sorbus subcuneata (Rosaceae). Scientific Reports 7 45122 10.1038/srep45122 Cadair

De Vere, N., Jones, L.E., Gilmore, T., Moscrop, J., Lowe, A., Smith, D., Hegarty, M., Creer, S., Ford, C.R. 2017. Using DNA metabarcoding to investigate honey bee foraging reveals limited flower use despite high floral availability. Scientific Reports 7 42838 10.1038/srep42838 Cadair


Bell, K.L., De Vere, N., Keller, A., Richardson, R., Gous, A., Burgess, K.S., Brosi, B.J. 2016. Pollen DNA barcoding: Current applications and future prospects. Genome 59 (9) pp. 629-640. 10.1139/gen-2015-0200 Cadair


Hawkins, J., de Vere, N., Griffith, A., Ford, C.R., Allainguillaume, J., Hegarty, M.J., Baillie, L., Adams-Groom, B. 2015. Using DNA Metabarcoding to Identify the Floral Composition of Honey. A New Tool for Investigating Honey Bee Foraging Preferences. PLoS One 10 (8) pp. e0134735. 10.1371/journal.pone.0134735 Cadair


Lim, J., Crawley, M.J., De Vere, N., Rich, T., Savolainen, V. 2014. A phylogenetic analysis of the British flora sheds light on the evolutionary and ecological factors driving plant invasions. Ecology and Evolution 4 (22) pp. 4258-69. 10.1002/ece3.1274 Cadair

de Vere, N., Rich, T.C.G., Trinder, S.A., Long, C. 2014. DNA barcoding for plants. Methods in Molecular Biology 1245 pp. 101-118. 10.1007/978-1-4939-1966-6_8 Cadair


de Vere, N., Rich, T.C.G., Ford, C.R., Trinder, S.A., Long, C., Moore, C.W., Satterthwaite, D., Davies, H., Allainguillaume, J., Ronca, S., Tatarinova, T., Garbett, H., Walker, K., Wilkinson, M.J. 2012. DNA barcoding the native flowering plants and conifers of Wales. PLoS One 7 (6) e37945 10.1371/journal.pone.0037945 Cadair

Ennos, R.A., Whitlock, R., Fay, M.F., Jones, B., Neaves, L.E., payne, R., Taylor, I., De Vere, N., Hollingsworth, P.M. 2012. Process-Based Species Action Plans: an approach to conserve contemporary evolutionary processes that sustain diversity in taxonomically complex groups. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 168 (2) pp. 194-203. 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2011.01206.x Cadair


Gamarra, J.G., Ironside, J., De Vere, N., Allainguillaume, J., Wilkinson, M.J. 2010. Research-based Residential Fieldwork Learning: Double Bonus? Bioscience Education 16 (1) pp. 1-9. 10.3108/beej.16.6 Cadair


De Vere, N., Jongejans, E., Plowman, A., Williams, E. 2009. Population size and habitat quality affect genetic diversity and fitness in the clonal herb Cirsium dissectum. Oecologia 159 pp. 59-68. 10.1007/s00442-008-1203-y Cadair


Jongegans, E., De Vere, N., de Kroon, H. 2008. Demographic vulnerability of the clonal and endangered meadow thistle. Plant Ecology 198 (2) pp. 225-240. 10.1007/s11258-008-9397-y Cadair


De Vere, N. 2007. Biological Flora of the British Isles: Cirsium dissectum (L.) Hill (Cirsium tuberosum (L.) All. subsp anglicum (Lam.) Bonnier; Cnicus pratensis (Huds.) Willd., non Lam.; Cirsium anglicum (Lam.) DC.). Journal of Ecology 95 (4) pp. 876-894. 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2007.01265.x Other Cadair