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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.

Teaching

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.

Research

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13592-021-00885-3

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2019.1654062.

 

Qualifications

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