A little about me, my native bee workshops, as well as music and creative projects, and PhD research.

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Amelie Vanderstock

I am a science communicator, artist and educator conducting PhD research on native bees at the University of Sydney. I use citizen science to explore the diversity and awareness of pollinators in urban community gardens and bushland.

I’m passionate about accessible, playful, and creative approaches to ecological science that involve active participation of our broader community. I am especially interested in involving young people as co-creators of scientific research, and grounding our inquiry in everyday experiences with our local environment- because we can all BEE Scientists.

I share this passion for urban ecology and pollinators through public education events such as workshops, as well as collaborative art and music. It takes collaboration to cross-pollinate creativity, community and ecology!

Workshops

I regularly facilitate native bee workshops for all ages with local councils, festivals and community organisations to share knowledge and skills about native pollinators and their role in our cities.

In these workshops we explore the diversity of native bees, how to recognise them and where to find them as well how we can support them in our local environment.

Children’s workshops involve a combination of interactive play, musical theatre and craft to explore the diversity and ecology of native bees and wild insect pollinators.

I can customise workshops to suit your goals and audience. Please feel free to contact me to organise or collaborate on a workshop/event.

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Music and Creative Projects

I am currently working on an album about the ecology of our cities as well as a musical theatre production on native Australian bees. I hope to develop these and further inter-disciplinary resources for use in schools. If you are interested in collaborating in these creative projects, or have ideas to share, I’d love to hear from you!

PhD Projects

Cross-pollinating insect and community resilience in urban environments is a project exploring how native bees connect urban agricultural and native bushland environments with members of the public. Specifically, I am studying connectivity and resilience of urban plant-pollinator systems in Sydney's community gardens and bushland using a network approach. This project involves citizen science and invites members of the public to join in workshops and participatory research.

Let’s BEE Scientists is a project where together with high school students, we co-designed an experiment using artificial flowers to test wild pollinator preferences in the Blue Mountains, NSW. This citizen science project brought together high schoolers, primary schoolers and their families to understand more about our local pollinators and the scientific process by BEE-ing the scientists ourselves.

You can find me in the Invertebrate Behaviour and Ecology Lab in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.

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