Career History

  • 2016 - NERC Research Fellow, University of East Anglia
  • 2009-2016: Postdoctoral researcher, then NERC Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology
  • 2002-2009: Science writer, science communications adviser (part-time while raising young family)
  • 2002: PhD, community ecology of flower-visiting insects, University of Cambridge
  • 1995: BA Biological Sciences, University of Oxford

 

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All Publications

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Sutherland, W. J., Barnard, P., Broad, S., Clout, M., Connor, B., Côté, I. M., Dicks, L. V., Doran, H., Entwistle, A. C., Fleishman, E., Fox, M., Gaston, K. J., Gibbons, D. W., Jiang, Z., Keim, B., Lickorish, F. A., Markillie, P., Monk, K. A., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Peck, L. S., Pretty, J., Spalding, M. D., Tonneijck, F. H., Wintle, B. C., Ockendon, N.

(2017)

A 2017 Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity,

in Trends in Ecology & Evolution

32

(1)

pp. 31-40

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Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Espíndola, A., Vanbergen, A. J., Settele, J., Kremen, C., Dicks, L. V.

(2017)

Ecological intensification to mitigate impacts of conventional intensive land use on pollinators and pollination,

in Ecology Letters

20

(5)

pp. 673–689

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Rose, D. C., Sutherland, W. J., Parker, C., Lobley, M., Winter, M., Morris, C., Twining, S., Ffoulkes, C., Amano, T., Dicks, L. V.

(2016)

Decision support tools for agriculture: Towards effective design and delivery,

in Agricultural Systems

149

pp. 165-174

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Brown, M. J. F., Dicks, L. V., Paxton, R. J., Baldock, K. C. R., Barron, A. B., Chauzat, M., Freitas, B. M., Goulson, D., Jepsen, S., Kremen, C., Li, J., Neumann, P., Pattemore, D. E., Potts, S. G., Schweiger, O., Seymour, C. L., Stout, J. C.

(2016)

A horizon scan of future threats and opportunities for pollinators and pollination,

in PeerJ

4

article no. e2249

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Dicks, L. V., Wright, H. L., Ashpole, J. E., Hutchison, J., McCormack, C. G., Livoreil, B., Zulka, K. P., Sutherland, W. J.

(2016)

What works in conservation? Using expert assessment of summarised evidence to identify practices that enhance natural pest control in agriculture,

in Biodiversity and Conservation

25

(7)

pp. 1383-1399

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Santangeli, A., Arroyo, B., Dicks, L. V., Herzon, I., Kukkala, A. S., Sutherland, W. J., Moilanen, A.

(2016)

Voluntary non-monetary approaches for implementing conservation,

in Biological Conservation

197

pp. 209-214

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Phalan, B., Green, R. E., Dicks, L. V., Dotta, G., Feniuk, C., Lamb, A., Strassburg, B. B. N., Williams, D. R., Ermgassen, E. K. H. J. Z., Balmford, A.

(2016)

How can higher-yield farming help to spare nature?,

in Science

351

(6272)

pp. 450-451

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Potts, S. G., Imperatriz-Fonseca, V., Ngo, H. T., Biesmeijer, J. C., Breeze, T. D., Dicks, L. V., Garibaldi, L. A., Hill, R., Settele, J., Vanbergen, A. J.

(2016)

Summary for policymakers of the thematic assessment on pollinators, pollination and food production,

in Biota Neotropica

16

(1)

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Gill, R. J., Baldock, K. C. R., Brown, M. J. F., Cresswell, J. E., Dicks, L. V., Fountain, M. T., Garratt, M. P. D., Gough, L. A., Heard, M. S., Holland, J. M., Ollerton, J., Stone, G. N., Tang, C. Q., Vanbergen, A. J., Vogler, A. P., Woodward, G., Arce, A. N., Boatman, N. D., Brand-Hardy, R., Breeze, T. D., Green, M., Hartfield, C. M., O'Connor, R. S., Osborne, J. L., Phillips, J., Sutton, P. B., Potts, S. G.

(2016)

Protecting an Ecosystem Service: Approaches to Understanding and Mitigating Threats to Wild Insect,

in Advances in Ecological Research : Ecosystem Services: From Biodiversity to Society, Part 2.

Elsevier Academic Press

pp. 135-206

ISBN 978-0-08-100978-9

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Sutherland, W. J., Broad, S., Caine, J., Clout, M., Dicks, L. V., Doran, H., Entwistle, A. C., Fleishman, E., Gibbons, D. W., Keim, B., LeAnstey, B., Lickorish, F. A., Markillie, P., Monk, K. A., Mortimer, D., Ockendon, N., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Peck, L. S., Pretty, J., Rockstrom, J., Spalding, M. D., Tonneijck, F. H., Wintle, B. C., Wright, K. E.

(2016)

A Horizon Scan of Global Conservation Issues for 2016,

in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

31

(1)

pp. 44-53

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Dicks, L. V., Viana, B., Bommarco, R., Brosi, B., del Coro Arizmendi, M., Cunningham, S. A., Galetto, L., Hill, R., Lopes, A. V., Pires, C., Taki, H., Potts, S. G.

(2016)

Ten policies for pollinators,

in Science

354

(6315)

pp. 975-976

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Potts, S. G., Imperatriz-Fonseca, V., Ngo, H. T., Aizen, M. A., Biesmeijer, J. C., Breeze, T. D., Dicks, L. V., Garibaldi, L. A., Hill, R., Settele, J., Vanbergen, A. J.

(2016)

Safeguarding pollinators and their values to human well-being,

in Nature

540

pp. 220–229

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Jones, A. C., Mead, A., Kaiser, M. J., Austen, M. C. V., Adrian, A. W., Auchterlonie, N. A., Black, K. D., Blow, L. R., Bury, C., Brown, J. H., Burnell, G. M., Connolly, E., Dingwall, A., Derrick, S., Eno, N. C., Gautier, D. J. H., Green, K. A., Gubbins, M., Hart, P. R., Holmyard, J. M., Immink, A. J., Jarrad, D. L., Katoh, E., Langley, J. C. R., Lee, D. O., Le Vay, L., Leftwich, C. P., Mitchell, M., Moore, A., Murray, A. G., McLaren, E. M. R., Norbury, H., Parker, D., Parry, S. O., Purchase, D., Rahman, A., Sanver, F., Siggs, M., Simpson, S. D., Slaski, R. J., Smith, K., Syvret, M. L. Q., Tibbott, C., Thomas, P. C., Turnbull, J., Whiteley, R., Whittles, M., Wilcockson, M. J., Wilson, J., Dicks, L. V., Sutherland, W. J.

(2015)

Prioritization of knowledge needs for sustainable aquaculture: a national and global perspective,

in Fish and Fisheries

16

(4)

pp. 668-683

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Dicks, L. V., Baude, M., Roberts, S. P. M., Phillips, J., Green, M., Carvell, C.

(2015)

How much flower-rich habitat is enough for wild pollinators? Answering a key policy question with incomplete knowledge,

in Ecological Entomology

40

(S1)

pp. 22-35

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Batáry, P., Dicks, L. V., Kleijn, D., Sutherland, W. J.

(2015)

The role of agri-environment schemes in conservation and environmental management,

in Conservation Biology

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pp. 1006-1016

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Sutcliffe, L. M. E., Batáry, P., Kormann, U., Báldi, A., Dicks, L. V., Herzon, I., Kleijn, D., Tryjanowski, P., Apostolova, I., Arlettaz, R., Aunins, A., Aviron, S., Balezentiene, L., Fischer, C., Halada, L., Hartel, T., Helm, A., Hristov, I., Jelaska, S. D., Kaligaric, M., Kamp, J., Klimek, S., Koorberg, P., Kostiuková, J., Kovács-Hostyánszki, A., Kuemmerle, T., Leuschner, C., Lindborg, R., Loos, J., Maccherini, S., Marja, R., Máthé, O., Paulini, I., Proenca, V., Rey-Benayas, J., Sans, F. X., Seifert, C., Stalenga, J., Timaeus, J., Toeroek, P., van Swaay, C., Viik, E., Tscharntke, T.

(2015)

Harnessing the biodiversity value of Central and Eastern European farmland,

in Diversity and Distributions

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(6)

pp. 722-730

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Walsh, J. C., Dicks, L. V., Sutherland, W. J.

(2015)

The effect of scientific evidence on conservation practitioners' management decisions,

in Conservation Biology

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pp. 88-98

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Sutherland, W. J., Clout, M., Depledge, M., Dicks, L. V., Dinsdale, J., Entwistle, A. C., Fleishman, E., Gibbons, D. W., Keim, B., Lickorish, F. A., Monk, K. A., Ockendon, N., Peck, L. S., Pretty, J., Rockstrom, J., Spalding, M. D., Tonneijck, F. H., Wintle, B. C.

(2015)

A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2015,

in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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pp. 17-24

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Carvalheiro, L. G., Biesmeijer, J. C., Benadi, G., Frund, J., Stang, M., Bartomeus, I., Kaiser-Bunbury, C. N., Baude, M., Gomes, S. I. F., Merckx, V., Baldock, K. C. R., Bennett, A. T. D., Boada, R., Bommarco, R., Cartar, R., Chacoff, N., Danhardt, J., Dicks, L. V., Dormann, C. F., Ekroos, J., Henson, K. S. E., Holzschuh, A., Junker, R. R., Lopezaraiza-Mikel, M., Memmott, J., Montero-Castano, A., Nelson, I. L., Petanidou, T., Power, E. F., Rundlof, M., Smith, H. G., Stout, J. C., Temitope, K., Tscharntke, T., Tscheulin, T., Vila, M., Kunin, W. E.

(2014)

The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness,

in Ecology Letters

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(11)

pp. 1389-1399

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Dicks, L. V., Walsh, J. C., Sutherland, W. J.

(2014)

Organising evidence for environmental management decisions: a ‘4S’ hierarchy,

in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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pp. 607-613

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Key Research Interests

I am an applied ecologist focused on sustainable management of agricultural landscapes.

Managing ecosystem services on commercial farms

I work on how farmers can benefit from ecosystem services in realistic commercial contexts, and how to use scientific evidence in policy and practice. I have developed methods to compile and synthesize ecological evidence and make it useful for decision-making. I use rigorous approaches to gather expert judgement, for rapid, transparent assessment of evidence, and build user-friendly models to support farm management decisions (see for example, the new Cool Farm Biodiversity Tool). I work with organisations that manage the environment, in Government, the charitable sector and the food and farming industry. All my work is focused on insect pollinator conservation and ecosystem services in farmland, but the methods are widely applicable.

Pollinator conservation and use of the landscape by wild bees

Wild pollinators are important to crop production and wild plant reproduction, and most of this pollination service is carried out by a relatively small number of common, widespread bee species. To preserve this ecological function, and optimise it for agriculture, we need landscapes that support common wild pollinators in the long term, by providing the food and nesting resources they need at the appropriate scale.

I use a combination of laboratory experiments, field ecology, genetics and remote sensing to understand how wild bees use landscapes and respond to land management.

I also work on pollinator conservation from policy and agronomic perspectives. What actions are cost-effective and feasible, to support and conserve common and declining wild pollinators? How do these actions fit within a program of ecological intensification, to enhance or maintain intensive production within a thriving agricultural ecosystem? How can growers using managed pollinators minimise impacts on wild pollinator populations?

 

Research Group Membership

Jake Collins (MSc student) works on bumblebee nutritional demands.

Watch this space for forthcoming PhD studentship opportunities.

Professional Activities

Research Fellow funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (2016-2021). Previously NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, linked to the Insect Pollinators Initiative (2011-2014).

Co-ordinating Lead Author of the IPBES Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production

Partner in Cambridge Conservation Initiative project assessing risk to agricultural supply chains from pollinator decline: www.conservation.cam.ac.uk/collaboration/conserving-wild-pollinators-and-increasing-food-security

Lead scientist on 'Science foundations for conservation-friendly agriculture and grazing', a project funded by The Nature Conservancy California, 2015-2017.

Chair of Eklipse project Expert Working Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods.

Research collaborator and advisor to the Waitrose Agronomy Group: www.sustainableagriculturewaitrose.org

Biodiversity lead for the Innovation Hub Science Committee and member of Method Development Committee for the Cool Farm Alliance.

Editor of Conservation Letters and Conservation Evidence; Associate Editor of Ecological Entomology.