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About Dr Jordan Ryder

I hold a PhD in Solitary bee and Bumblebee nutrition and Behaviour from Harper Adams University, as well as an MSc in Integrated pest management. I further have a BSc (hons) in Zoology from the University of Hull. My work focuses on off-crop habitats, increasing functional floral abundance and diversity for promoting pollinator abundance and services.

I have further worked with a commercial cherry orchard, investigating the promotion of fruit yield and quality though supplementary pollination services, a slug control project, and with the RSPB. I have since worked as a lecturer in wildlife conservation and ecology at university college Reaseheath before joining Chester in 2021.


My current teaching responsibilities include Data Handling and Project Design level 4 and Research Methods at level 5, I further deliver Entomological focused behaviour and welfare sessions on a variety of modules. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations, predominantly on Entomology focused areas, including pollination and behaviour.


I am active in research and supervise BSc, Master's students. My research interests fit broadly within Entomology, Pest management and insect behaviour, including:

  • Agri-Conservation, particularly promotion of natural enemies
  • Entomology
  • Pollination, particularly enhancing pollination services
  • Animal Behaviour, particularly Invertebrate based (natural enemies and pest species)

General ecology and conservation

Published Work

Ryder, J.T., Cherrill, A., Thompson, H.M. & Walters, K.F.A., 2021. Lower pollen nutritional quality delays nest building and egg laying in Bombus terrestris audax micro-colonies leading to reduced biomass gain. Apidologie.

Ryder, J.T., Cherrill, A., Prew, R., Shaw, J., Thorbek, P., Walters, K.F.A., 2020. Impact of enhanced Osmia bicornis (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) populations on pollination and fruit quality in commercial sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) orchards. Journal of Apicultural Research. 59, 77–87.



PhD –Thesis title “The importance of nutrition for bumblebees and solitary bees; Implications for pesticides and stewardship.” Harper Adams University

MSc – Integrated pest management, Harper Adams University

BSc – Zoology, University of Hull