Dr Natasha De Vere PhD, MSc, PGCE, BA (hons)
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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.
I am a senior lecturer in plant and pollinator ecology (25%) and Head of Science at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (75%).
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.
Environmental DNA metabarcoding: Transforming how we survey animal and plant communities. Molecular Ecology 26 (21) pp. 5872-5895. 10.1111/mec.143502017.
Flower resource and land management drives hoverfly communities and bee abundance in semi-natural and agricultural grasslands. Ecology and Evolution 10.1002/ece3.33032017.
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 Cadair2017.
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 Cadair2017.
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 Cadair2012.