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. 

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. 

A key focus of my research is understanding foraging preferences of both wild pollinators and honeybees. By discovering which flowers pollinators use we can ensure that these plants are available in gardens, amenity areas and farmland. 

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.


New universal ITS2 primers for high-resolution herbivory analyses using DNA metabarcoding in both tropical and temperate zonesMoorhouse-Gann, R. J., Dunn, J. C., De Vere, N., Goder, M., Cole, N., Hipperson, H. & Symondson, W. O. C. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Scientific Reports.
DNA barcoding a taxonomically complex hemiparasitic genus reveals deep divergence between ploidy levels but lack of species-level resolutionWang, X., Gussarova, G., Ruhsam, M., De Vere, N., Metherell, C., Hollingsworth, P. M. & Twyford, A. D. 2018 In : AoB PLANTS.10, 3, ply026
Generalisation and specialisation in hoverfly (Syrphidae) grassland pollen transport networks revealed by DNA metabarcoding.Lucas, A., Bodger, O., Brosi, B. J., Ford, C. R., Forman, D. W., Greig, C., Hegarty, M., Neyland, P. J. & De Vere, N. 2018 In : Journal of Animal Ecology.
Floral resource partitioning by individuals within generalised hoverfly pollination networks revealed by DNA metabarcodingLucas, A., Bodger, O., Brosi, B. J., Ford, C. R., Forman, D. W., Greig, C., Hegarty, M., Jones, L. E., Neyland, P. J. & De Vere, N. 2018 In : Scientific Reports.8, 5133
Environmental DNA metabarcoding: Transforming how we survey animal and plant communitiesDeiner, 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 In : Molecular Ecology.26, 21, p. 5872-5895
Flower resource and land management drives hoverfly communities and bee abundance in semi-natural and agricultural grasslandsLucas, A., Bull, J. C., De Vere, N., Neyland, P. J. & Forman, D. W. 2017 In : Ecology and Evolution.7, 19, p. 8073-8086
From terrestrial to aquatic habitats and back again: molecular insights into the evolution and phylogeny of Callitriche (Plantaginaceae)Ito, Y., Tanaka, N., Barfod, A., Kaul, R., Muasya, A. M., Garcia-Murillo, P., De Vere, N., Duyfjes, B. & Albach, D. 2017 In : Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.184, 1, p. 46-58
Breeding system and spatial isolation from congeners strongly constrain seed set in an insect-pollinated apomictic tree: Sorbus subcuneata (Rosaceae)Hamston, T. J., Wilson, R. J., De Vere, N., Rich, T. C. G., Stevens, J. R. & Cresswell, J. E. 2017 In : Scientific Reports.7, 45122
Using DNA metabarcoding to investigate honey bee foraging reveals limited flower use despite high floral availability.De Vere, N., Jones, L. E., Gilmore, T., Moscrop, J., Lowe, A., Smith, D., Hegarty, M., Creer, S. & Ford, C. R. 2017 In : Scientific Reports.7, 42838
Pollen DNA barcoding: Current applications and future prospects.Bell, K. L., De Vere, N., Keller, A., Richardson, R., Gous, A., Burgess, K. S. & Brosi, B. J. 2016 In : Genome.59, 9, p. 629-640
Using DNA Metabarcoding to Identify the Floral Composition of Honey. A New Tool for Investigating Honey Bee Foraging PreferencesHawkins, J., de Vere, N., Griffith, A., Ford, C. R., Allainguillaume, J., Hegarty, M. J., Baillie, L. & Adams-Groom, B. 2015 In : PLoS One.10, 8, p. e0134735
A phylogenetic analysis of the British flora sheds light on the evolutionary and ecological factors driving plant invasionsLim, J., Crawley, M. J., De Vere, N., Rich, T. & Savolainen, V. 2014 In : Ecology and Evolution.4, 22, p. 4258-6912 p.
DNA barcoding for plantsde Vere, N., Rich, T. C. G., Trinder, S. A. & Long, C. 2014 In : Methods in Molecular Biology.1245, p. 101-11818 p.
DNA barcoding the native flowering plants and conifers of Walesde 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 In : PLoS One.7, 6, e37945
Process-Based Species Action Plans: an approach to conserve contemporary evolutionary processes that sustain diversity in taxonomically complex groupsEnnos, R. A., Whitlock, R. A., Fay , M. F., Jones, B., Neaves, L. E., payne, R., Taylor, I., De Vere, N. & Hollingsworth , P. M. 2012 In : Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.168, 2, p. 194-20310 p.
Research-based Residential Fieldwork Learning: Double Bonus?Gamarra, J. G-P., Ironside, J., De Vere, N., Allainguillaume, J. & Wilkinson, M. J. 2010 In : Bioscience Education.16, 1, p. 1-9
Population size and habitat quality affect genetic diversity and fitness in the clonal herb Cirsium dissectum.De Vere, N., Jongejans, E., Plowman, A. & Williams, E. 2009 In : Oecologia.159, p. 59-6810 p.
Demographic vulnerability of the clonal and endangered meadow thistleJongegans, E., De Vere, N. & de Kroon , H. 2008 In : Plant Ecology.198, 2, p. 225-24016 p.
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.)De Vere, N. 2007 In : Journal of Ecology.95, 4, p. 876-89419 p.