Kelsey J.R.P. Byers
n.b. I am mostly not on BugGuide these days, more's the pity!
City, state, country:
Norwich, Norfolk, UK
I completed my PhD in 2014 studying plant-pollinator interactions at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where I focused on monkeyflowers (Mimulus
) and the role of floral scent in maintaining species differences via pollinator preference. One of my two species is pollinated primarily by Bombus vosnesenskii
, so I'm particularly fond of them!
I'm currently a Group Leader at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, where I'm enjoying the range of European Syrphidae and Bombus
and focusing on plant-pollinator interactions in my research. I was previously in Zürich, Switzerland for a postdoctoral position working on Alpine orchid evolution and ecology and then in Cambridge, UK/Gamboa, Panamá studying Heliconius
Personal insect interests are flies (especially Syrphidae), bees (especially Bombus
), and hawkmoths, but I'm really only very familiar with the syrphids, and fairly familiar with Bombus
. Hopeless with beetles. But always pleased to see critters!
Amusingly, I am in fact fairly closely related to George W. Byers of crane fly and mecopteran fame (he was my great-uncle). I guess entomology runs in the family!
Editors: Thanks for your patience when I mis-ID something. Learning from all of the experts on this site is amazing!
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