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Ms Constance Tremlett BSc, MRes

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Constance has been working and studying in the ecology and conservation sector since starting her undergraduate degree in 2006. She has held a variety of roles in practical conservation and ecological fieldwork both in the UK and abroad. This has included several periods with the RSPB: researching the breeding ecology of the curlew in Scotland, hen harrier and other moorland birds in Cumbria and carrying out blanket bog restoration in Wales; as well as time spent surveying protected species for ecology consultancies and working as a countryside warden for her local council. Constance has also carried out research abroad, including a year in Latin America and three months in Borneo, studying the abundance and diversity of large mammals (Mexico), the seed dispersal of a wild nutmeg tree (Costa Rica) and the impact of disturbance on carrion-feeding butterflies (Borneo). Constance has been the recipient of the Blackwell Ecology Prize for achieving the highest overall average classification of her undergraduate degree, and the Hazel Aitken Prize for achieving the same of her master’s degree.

Academic Qualifications

2015–present: PhD in Biological Sciences. The University of Southampton, UK.
2012-2015: MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation. The University of Leeds, UK.
2006-2009: BSc in Ecology and Conservation. The University of Sussex, UK.

Research interests

I am interested in the complex interactions between flora, fauna and abiotic factors that maintain functional ecosystems.

Bats are important pollinators of many economically and ecologically important plant species, including the Agavaceae and Cactaceae families in Mexico. My PhD project focusses on determining the dependence of Stenocereus queretaronesis, a cactus that produces valuable fruit, on bat pollination by sampling bat populations and conducting exclusion experiments. I will assess the economic value of this ecosystem service at different spatial scales, and exploring how vulnerable these services are to land-use and environmental changes.

Supervisors: Kelvin Peh, Marije Schaafsma & Veronica Zamora-Gutierrez
PhD Research: Bat pollination services: their importance and vulnerability to environmental change

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Research project(s)

Bat pollination services: their importance and vulnerability to environmental changes

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Ms Constance Tremlett
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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