Thomas Dally

Thomas Dally


I completed my BSc (HONS) in Biology at the University of Portsmouth in 2010 and my MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Leeds in 2015. After my master's degree I successfully applied for a NERC-funded PhD, again at the University of Leeds, focusing on insect pollinator monitoring and conservation alongside Professor Bill Kunin.

Research interests

My PhD research broadly focuses on the practical methods we use to survey and monitor insect pollinator populations. Specifically, my thesis focuses on three main areas:

i) evaluating the biases associated with commonly used insect pollinator survey methods/protocols, with a focus on pan trapping

ii) exploring novel technology as a route to future standardised insect pollinator monitoring schemes

​​​​​​iii) assessing the use of bioacoustic classification for identifying insect pollinator taxa via their wing beat frequencies



  • PhD
  • MRes Biodiversity and Conservation
  • BSc (HONS) Biology
  • Member: Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society
  • Member: British Ecological Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Ecology and Evolution