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Amelie Vanderstock

I'm a PhD candidate in the Invertebrate Behaviour and Ecology Lab at the University of Sydney researching the resilience of pollinator networks in the city; with a focus on native bees in community gardens and urban bushland.

I’m passionate about accessible, fun ways of doing ecology with community, and the role of participatory science in environmental justice. I am especially interested in the ideas of diverse communities, and how we can link doing experiments in urban agricultural spaces with powerful programs such as food, language and local knowledge exchange. I hope for the results of 'Cross-pollinating urban community gardens and bushland', a survey of native bees visiting flowers in Sydney community gardens and bushland, to inspire further research questions posed by the community.

PhD Project

"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. My project involves citizen science and invites members of the public to join in workshops and participatory research. Currently, I am studying connectivity and resilience of urban plant-pollinator systems in Sydney's community gardens and bushland using a network approach. 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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Participatory Science

Using ‘participatory’, or ‘citizen science’, to learn about native insect pollinators is a fun way to share our knowledges! I regularly facilitate native bee workshops for all ages and would like to continue working with community gardens, local councils and citizen science groups to share knowledge and skills around native pollinators and their role in our cities. Please feel free to contact me with your ideas for collaboration.