Jane Memmott is a Professor of Ecology at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol. She started her research career as a tropical entomologist commuting between the UK and the rainforests of Costa Rica and then studied the ecology of biological control, working closely with research teams in New Zealand, Kenya and Australia.
She is a community ecologist, and she quantifies the impact of environmental change and the effectiveness of ecological restoration by studying the networks of interactions plant and animal species, often several hundred at once. She works in a variety of research fields including pollination ecology, agro-ecology, invasion ecology, urban ecology and restoration ecology. Her field sites range from the mountains of Nepal to Bristol allotments, and she works closely with farmers, conservation practitioners and policymakers.
She was awarded the Presidents Medal (2011) and the Marsh Award for Ecology (2015) by the British Ecological Society. In 2021 she was awarded an OBE for services to insect pollinators and ecology.
Professor of Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol