Dr James Cresswell
Senior Lecturer


My research deals with the performance and sustainability of the pollination systems that maintain crop yield and the biodiversity of wild plants.
I study pollination at scales from the individual to the landscape using experiments and mathematical models to provide explanations and forecasts based on an understanding of mechanism.

Current foci are: (a) the impacts of agrochemicals on bees; (b) the impact of agricultural intensification and changing land use on pollination services; and (c) computer simulations of landscape-scale pollinator movements and cross-pollination. 
Besides using the conventional tools of pollination biology, I develop interdisciplinary collaborations with specialists in molecular bioscience, neuroscience, computer science and mathematics.

My main base is at Exeter Biosciences, but I am also a member of the Centre for Pollination Studies (CPS) at the University of Calcutta, India.
I aim to teach students to think and to enjoy the creativity of science.  I have broad teaching interests in ecology and environmental change.

Broad research specialisms:

Ecotoxicology, pollination ecology.


PhD ( University of Michigan)


2001-present Senior Lecturer, Biosciences, University of Exeter
1991-2001 Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Exeter
1990-1991 Visiting Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University, USA
1990-1991 University of Michigan

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 723779
AddressHatherly Building
University of Exeter
Prince of Wales Road

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