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Former PhD student takes top prize for moth pollinators thesis

A former School of Natural and Environmental Sciences PhD student has won a top award.

Callum Macgregor won the 2017 Alfred Russel Wallace Award from the Royal Entomological Society.

He looked at 'The role of moths as pollinators, and the effects of environmental change'.

Outstanding research

The prize is for a postgraduate who's earned a PhD where the supervisory team say the work is outstanding.

Dr Macgregor won £800 plus a winner's certificate. He's also earned one year's free membership to the Royal Entomological Society.

He will present his work at a major Society meeting and is to submit an article to the Antenna journal.

Significant contribution to entomology

A panel of experts who have made a significant contribution to entomology judge the work.

Dr Macgregor's PhD supervisors were:

  • Dr Darren Evans (School of Natural and Environmental Sciences)
  • Dr Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxford)
  • Richard Fox (Butterfly Conservation, Wareham, Dorset)

His work was part of a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) CASE studentship with Butterfly Conservation.

Dr Macgregor is now in a postdoctoral position within the Department of Biology, University of York.

Dr Macgregor conducting fieldwork during his research into moths as pollinators.
Dr Macgregor conducting fieldwork during his research into moths as pollinators.

published on: 15 May 2018