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Dr Lynn Dicks


I am a Research Fellow funded by the Natural Environment Research Council under the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability Programme (2013-2016). I have been a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, linked to the Insect Pollinators Initiative(2011-2014) and I am a Co-ordinating Lead Author of the IPBES Thematic assessment of pollinators, pollination and food production. I have a degree from Oxford University in Biological Sciences (1995) and a PhD from Cambridge University (2002) on the ecology of flower-visiting insects. From 2002-2009, I worked as a science writer and science communications adviser.

Research Themes

Conservation Science:
All Principal Investigators:

Pollinator conservation and managing ecosystem services on commercial farms

Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
Research Fellow

Research Interests

I work on how to use scientific evidence in policy and practice. Science is complex, messy and still largely inaccessible to non-academics. Yet environmental policy increasingly demands evidence to inform action. I am developing methods to compile and synthesize ecological evidence and make it useful for decision-making. I use rigorous approaches to gather expert judgement, for rapid, transparent assessment of evidence. I work with organisations that manage the environment, in Government, the charitable sector and the food and farming industry, to translate their knowledge needs into research. All my work is focused on insect pollinator conservation and ecosystem services in farmland, but the methods are widely applicable.

Collaborators outside this directory

Key Publications


  • Pe'er, G., L. V. Dicks, P. Visconti, R. Arlettaz, A. Báldi, T. G. Benton, S. Collins, M. Dieterich, R. D. Gregory, F. Hartig, K. Henle, P. R. Hobson, D. Kleijn, R. K. Neumann, T. Robijns, J. Schmidt, A. Shwartz, W. J. Sutherland, A. Turbé, F. Wulf, and A. V. Scott. 2014. EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity. Science 344, 1090-1092.


  • Dicks L.V., Danhardt J., James K., Jönsson A., Randall N., Showler D.A., Smith R.K., Turpie, S. Williams D., Sutherland W.J. (2014) Farmland Conservation. Evidence for the effects of interventions in northern and western Europe. Pelagic Publishing, Exeter, UK.  ISBN: 978-1-907-807-16-9


  • Dicks L.V., Hodge I., Randall N., Scharlemann J.P.W., Siriwardena G.M., Smith H.G., Smith R.K., Sutherland W.J. (2013) A transparent process for ‘evidence-informed’ policy making. Conservation Letters, doi: 10.1111/conl.12046. Early view online.


  • Dicks L.V., Bardgett R.D. et al. (2013) What do we need to know to enhance the environmental sustainability of agriculture? A prioritisation of knowledge needs for the UK food system. Sustainability 5(7), 3095-3115 doi:10.3390/su5073095.


  • Dicks L. (2013) Bees, lies and evidence-based policy. Nature 494, 283-283.


  • Dicks L.V., Abrahams A. et al.  (2012) Identifying key knowledge needs for evidence-based conservation of wild insect pollinators: a collaborative cross-sectoral exercise. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6, 435-446.


  • Sutherland W.J., Goulson D., Potts S.G., Dicks L.V. (2011) Quantifying the impact and relevance of scientific research. PLoS ONE 6(11): e27537. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0027537.


  • Dicks L.V., Showler D.A., Sutherland W.J. (2010) Bee Conservation: Evidence for the effects of interventions, 1 ed. Pelagic Publishing, Exeter, UK.


  • Dicks L.V., Corbet S.A., Pywell R.F. (2002) Compartmentalization in plant-insect flower visitor webs. Journal of Animal Ecology 71, 32-43.

Other Publications

  • Carvalheiro, L. G., J. C. Biesmeijer, G. Benadi, J. Fründ, M. Stang, I. Bartomeus, C. N. Kaiser-Bunbury, M. Baude, S. I. F. Gomes, V. Merckx, K. C. R. Baldock, A. T. D. Bennett, R. Boada, R. Bommarco, R. Cartar, N. Chacoff, J. Dänhardt, L. V. Dicks, et al. 2014. The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness. Ecology Letters 17, 1389-1399.


  • Jones, A. C., A. Mead, M. J. Kaiser, M. C. V. Austen, A. W. Adrian, N. A. Auchterlonie, K. D. Black, L. R. Blow, C. Bury, J. H. Brown, G. M. Burnell, E. Connolly, A. Dingwall, S. Derrick, N. C. Eno, D. J. H. Gautier, K. A. Green, M. Gubbins, P. R. Hart, J. M. Holmyard, A. J. Immink, D. L. Jarrad, E. Katoh, J. C. R. Langley, D. O. C. Lee, L. Le Vay, C. P. Leftwich, M. Mitchell, A. Moore, A. G. Murray, E. M. R. McLaren, H. Norbury, D. Parker, S. O. Parry, D. Purchase, A. Rahman, F. Sanver, M. Siggs, S. D. Simpson, R. J. Slaski, K. Smith, M. L. Q. Syvret, C. Tibbott, P. C. Thomas, J. Turnbull, R. Whiteley, M. Whittles, M. J. Wilcockson, J. Wilson, L. V. Dicks, and W. J. Sutherland. 2014. Prioritization of knowledge needs for sustainable aquaculture: a national and global perspective. Fish and Fisheries.


  • Moilanen, A., J. Laitila, T. Vaahtoranta, L. V. Dicks, and W. J. Sutherland. 2014. Structured analysis of conservation strategies applied to temporary conservation. Biological Conservation170, 188-197.


  • Mukherjee, N., W. J. Sutherland, L. Dicks, J. Hugé, N. Koedam, and F. Dahdouh-Guebas. 2014. Ecosystem Service Valuations of Mangrove Ecosystems to Inform Decision Making and Future Valuation Exercises. PLoS ONE 9, e107706.


  • Sutherland, W. J., T. Gardner, T. L. Bogich, R. B. Bradbury, B. Clothier, M. Jonsson, V. Kapos, S. N. Lane, I. Möller, M. Schroeder, M. Spalding, T. Spencer, P. C. L. White, and L. V. Dicks. 2014. Solution scanning as a key policy tool: identifying management interventions to help maintain and enhance regulating ecosystem services. Ecology and Society 193.


  • Sutherland, W. J., T. A. Gardner, L. J. Haider, and L. V. Dicks. 2014. How can local and traditional knowledge be effectively incorporated into international assessments? Oryx 48, 1-2.


  • Sutherland, W. J., R. Mitchell, J. Walsh, T. Amano, M. Ausden, T. J. C. Beebee, D. Bullock, M. Daniels, J. Deutsch, R. A. Griffiths, S. V. Prior, T. Whitten, and L. V. Dicks. 2013. Conservation practice could benefit from routine testing and publication of management outcomes. Conservation Evidence 10, 1-3.


  • Sutherland, W. J., R. Aveling, T. M. Brooks, M. Clout, L. V. Dicks, L. Fellman, E. Fleishman, D. W. Gibbons, B. Keim, F. Lickorish, K. A. Monk, D. Mortimer, L. S. Peck, J. Pretty, J. Rockström, J. P. Rodríguez, R. K. Smith, M. D. Spalding, F. H. Tonneijck, and A. R. Watkinson. 2014. A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2014. Trends in ecology & evolution 29,15-22.


  • Sutherland W.J., Bardsley S., Clout M., Depledge M.H., Dicks L.V., Fellman L., Fleishman E., Gibbons D.W., Keim B., Lickorish F., Margerison C., Monk K.A., Norris K., Peck L.S., Prior S.V., Scharlemann J.r.P.W., Spalding M.D., Watkinson A.R. (2013) A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2013. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28, 16-22.


  • Williams D.R., Child M.F., Dicks L.V., zu Ermgassen E.K.H.J., Pople R.G., Showler D.A., Sutherland W.J. (2013) Bird Conservation: Evidence for the effects of interventions, 1 ed. Pelagic Publishing, Exeter,UK.



  • Sutherland W.J., Aveling R., Bennun L., Chapman E., Clout M., Cote I.M., Depledge M.H., Dicks L.V., Dobson A.P., Fellman L., Fleishman E., Gibbons D.W., Keim B., Lickorish F., Lindenmayer D.B., Monk K.A., Norris K., Peck L.S., Prior S.V., Scharlemann J.P.W., Spalding M., Watkinson A.R. (2012) A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2012. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27, 12-18.


  • Sutherland W.J., Bardsley S., Bennun L., Clout M., Cote I.M., Depledge M.H., Dicks L.V., Dobson A.P., Fellman L., Fleishman E., Gibbons D.W., Impey A.J., Lawton J.H., Lickorish F., Lindenmayer D.B., Lovejoy T.E., Mac Nally R., Madgwick J., Peck L.S., Pretty J., Prior S.V., Redford K.H., Scharlemann J.P.W., Spalding M., Watkinson A.R. (2011) Horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2011. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 26, 10-16.


  • Pywell R.F., Warman E.A., Carvell C., Sparks T.H., Dicks L.V., Bennett D., Wright A., Critchley C.N.R., Sherwood A. (2005) Providing foraging resources for bumblebees in intensively farmed landscapes. Biological Conservation 121, 479-494.


  • Comba L., Corbet S.A., Hunt L., Warren B. (1999) Flowers, nectar and insect visits: Evaluating British plant species for pollinator-friendly gardens. Annals of Botany 83, 369-383.


  • Thompson H.M., Hunt L.V. (1999) Extrapolating from honeybees to bumblebees in pesticide risk assessment. Ecotoxicology 8, 147-166.