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Kelsey J.R.P. Byers, Contributing Editor
Full name:
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 butterfly pheromones.

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!