student profile: Ms Amelie Vanderstock


Thesis work

Thesis title: Cross-pollinating insect and community resilience in urban environments

Supervisors: Rebecca CROSS , Tanya LATTY , David SCHLOSBERG

Thesis abstract:

<Project description> I intend to use participatory methods to research insect pollinator and community resilience in urban environments. I am currently researching reciprocal pollinator spillover between community gardens and bush remnants. I will also be studying connectivity and resilience in this urban plant- pollinator system using a network approach. I will then be adapting participatory action research (PAR) methods to address agro-ecological questions that arise through the process. I will use two case studies; Sydney, a ‘green’, ‘food secure’ city with low urban density, and Tokyo, a densely constructed and populated city with low food security to research this intersection of urban agriculture, urban ecology and insect pollination resilience. <Research Approach> I believe the process, shared knowledge translated, and action outcomes of ‘participatory science’ can help build resilient social and ecological communities. It is through ‘participation’ that ideas and collaborations to blossom. 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 this first insect pollinator survey to inspire further research questions posed by the community. <Research Contributions> I see potential to contribute to ecological science regarding participatory, social justice embedded methods and the role of urban agriculture to ecosystem services. And importantly, to contribute to social justice through the act of 'doing science' together. <Citizen Science and Science Communication> Using 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. Some workshops include public 'Native Bee ID skill shares' held at Sydney University to collaboratively improve our insect identification skills, the pollinator discovery walk at the Sydney Park Bioblitz, and 'Bzzz lets Bee entomologists", using performance theatre, music and art-making to teach native bee ecology with pre-school and primary aged children at Woodford Folk Festival. I 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 email me with your ideas for collaboration. �div id="safarikai-popup" style="display: none;"� �/div�

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