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Koos Biesmeijer

Prof. dr. J. C. (Koos) Biesmeijer, Scientific director - Biodiversity Dynamics

Contact

Email: koos.biesmeijer@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31 (0)71 568 76 84
Room number: C5.53, Darwinweg 2
“I am advocate of an integrated approach to tackle the problems facing pollinators worldwide.”

I am an ecologist working on biodiversity change for 20 years with a focus on interactions between pollinators and plants. I was the first to documented large-scale linked pollinator and plants declines (Biesmeijer et al. 2006 in Science) and am leading research on sustainable crop pollination in the UK and Europe, am involved in research on drivers of pollinator change and urban pollinators as well as native honeybees, the impact of fragmentation on native pollinators and the impact of invasive plants on ecosystems.

After a PhD and Postdoc in tropical bee ecology at Utrecht University (Netherlands), I investigated honeybee ecology and communication at Cornell University (USA) and declines in European plants and pollinators at Leeds University. Currently, I am working at Naturalis Biodiversity Center where I lead a team studying functional biodiversity, ecosystem services and biodiversity change. My activities often involve international partners (EU, UK, India, Brazil, Kenya), organizations (FAO, Apimondia, IUCN), industry and research networks.

I believe that, as a scientist, one has the obligation to find ways to make knowledge useful for our society and to inform decision-makers about important issues. In my case, this is biodiversity. Even the restricted topic of pollinators and pollination touches upon many different sectors and societal stakeholders (e.g. agriculture, chemical industry food security, science, nature conservation, beekeeping, economy). Making a difference is, therefore, a real challenge.

Career

Former and present positions

  • Scientific Director of Naturalis Biodiversity Center (from January 2013).
  • Professor (Special Chair) of Functional Biodiversity, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam (from July 2012).
  • Senior Researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center (from October 2010).
  • Lecturer in Plant-pollinator Interactions and ecosystem services, University of Leeds, UK (2007-2013).

Professional activities and responsibilities

  • Scientific Director of Naturalis Biodiversity Center leading a group of 120 scientists in biodiversity research: responsible for strategy, vision, applied research and training.
  • Conduct research and develop research collaborations in the area of biodiversity and global change with special focus on patterns, causes and impacts of shifts in plant-pollinator communities.
  • Supervision and training of research students (PhD's, Postdocs, MSc.).
  • Work package leader Pollinator Declines in EU FP7 STEP research project (Status and Trends in European Pollinators; 2010-2014).
  • Chair of the COST ACTION Super-B, a large network (>60 scientists in >25 countries) on sustainable pollination in Europe; 2014-2018.
  • Dissemination of research outputs to academic journals, end-users, policy makers and media. Our Science paper attracted >400 news items worldwide including TV, Radio interviews in several countries. 
  • Contributing author of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.
  • Contributing author of FAO – CABI report on impact of climate change on beneficial insects for global agriculture.
  • President of Standing Commission for Bee-flora and pollination of Apimondia, the world federation of beekeeping organizations; responsible for co-organizing the biannual congress with >8000 participants.
  • Scientific coordinator of Netherlands Honeybee Surveillance Program (2014-2018).
  • Teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in pollination, community ecology, ecosystem services and biodiversity.
  • Scientific organizer of EURBEE conference 2012 in Halle and ApiEcoFlora meeting 2012 and 2014 in San Marino.

Research

Research interest

  • Plant-pollinator interactions.
  • Pollinator declines: long-term and large-scale patterns of pollinator presence and diversity and causes of these shifts (incl. land use change, agro-chemicals, climate change, biotic interactions).
  • Crop pollination systems.
  • Tropical bee ecology.
  • Social bee behavior (honeybees, tropical stingless bees, bumblebees).
  • Socio-economic consequences of pollinator loss.
  • Leadership and management of large interdisciplinary research projects (STEP WP1, COST Super-B, UK IPI Crop Pollination).
  • Invasive species and their impact on plant-pollinator systems.

Keywords

social (bee) behaviour, tropical ecology, ecosystem services, biodiversity change, socio-ecology, crop pollination, climate change, interdisciplinary solutions, bees and beekeeping

Current research topics

  • Status and Trends in European Pollinators (STEP) EU FP7. Work package leader 2010-2014 €3.5M. Involves 20 partners across Europe and some beyond. I am PI for the NCB/Leeds part worth €305K.
  • Towards sustainable crop pollination for UK agriculture (PI) £1.2M; team involves 3 research teams including ecologists, economists, and climate modelers. Aims to combine field work (pollinator distribution and pollination efficiency) and species niche modeling (using database records, honeybee colony presence and land use) to predict where crop pollinators and pollination deficits might occur. Then we use process-based crop models and climate-envelope models to predict future crop pollination deficits.
  • Linking Biodiversity to Ecosystem Services in a Global Biodiversity Hotspot, UKIERI British Council collaborative research project, 2008-2011 (PI) £150K. This project assesses links between biodiversity, landscape structure and ecosystem services in South India.
  • Land use and agriculture affecting pollinators (Co-I) £1.3M; team involves 5 research groups. Aims at confirming patterns of change in pollinators and plants, revealing underlying causes of these declines by comparing historic data with land use change and using current land use patterns in space-for-time substitution experiments.
  • Plant-pollinator networks in urban landscapes (Co-I) £1.4M; The project will document urban plant-flower visitor networks and assess the effectiveness of mitigation strategies (wild flower strips) through involvement of schools and local conservation agencies.

Collaborations

In my opinion, making a difference in pollination research hinges upon providing information in accessible and understandable ways, listening to other points of view, engaging in other cultures and approaches to come to a mutual understanding of the problem and its possible solutions. Joint research on bees and other pollinators should involve scientists, policy-makers, NGOs, industry and outreach/education specialists in order to take important steps towards sustainable (crop) pollination. The current funded projects mentioned above mirror my ambitions for collaboration.

Teaching

Courses

Supervision MSc Students

2016 Co-supervisor of master student Kim Renkens -Leiden University
2015 Co-Supervisor of master student Jolien Morren -Leiden University
2015 Co-Supervisor of master student Bastiaen Boekelo -Wageningen University

Supervision BSc Students

2017 Mapping the hazard of agricultural chemicals on the distribution of pollinators in the Netherlands
Available student projects

Publications

2017

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Bukovinszky T., Rikken I., Evers S., Wäckers F.L., Biesmeijer J.C., Prins H.H.T., Kleijn D. 2017. Effects of pollen species composition on the foraging behaviour and offspring performance of the mason bee Osmia bicornis (L.). Basic and Applied Ecology 18: 21-30.
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Aguirre-Gutiérrez J., Kissling W.D., Biesmeijer J.C.,WallisDeVries M.F.,Reemer M., Carvalheiro L.G. 2017. Historical changes in the importance of climate and land use as determinants of Dutch pollinator distributions. Journal of Biogeography 44: 696–707.
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2016

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Aguirre-Gutiérrez J., Kissling W.D., Carvalheiro .G., WallisDevries M.F.; Franzén M., Biesmeijer J.C. 2016. Functional traits help to explain half-century long shifts in pollinator distributions. Scientific Reports 6: 24451.
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Cormont A., Siepel H., Clement J., Melman T.C.P., WallisDeVries M.F., Turnhout C.A.M. van, Sparrius L.B., Reemer M., Biesmeijer J.C., Berendse F., Snoo G.R. de 2016. Landscape complexity and farmland biodiversity: Evaluating the CAP target on natural elements. Journal for Nature Conservation 30: 19-26.
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Garratt M.P.D., Breeze T.D., Boreux V., Fountain M.T., McKerchar M., Webber S.M., Coston D.J., Jenner N., Dean R, Westbury D.B., Biesmeijer J.C., Potts S.G. 2016. Apple Pollination: Demand Depends on Variety and Supply Depends on Pollinator Identity. PLOS ONE 11: e0153889.
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Kleijn D., Winfree R., Bartomeus I., Carvalheiro L.G., Henry M., Isaacs R., Klein A.-M., Kremen C., M'Gonigle L.K., Rader R., Ricketts T.H., Williams N.M., Adamson N.L., Ascher J.S., Baldi A., Batary P., Benjamin F., Biesmeijer J.C., Blitzer E.J., Bommarco R., Brand M.R., Bretagnolle V., Button L., Cariveau D.P., Chifflet R., Colville J.F., Danforth B.N., Elle E., Garratt M.P.D., Herzog F., Holzschuh A., Howlett B.G., Jauker F., Jha S., Knop E., Krewenka K.M., Le Feon V., Mandelik Y., May E.A., Park M.G., Pisanty G., Reemer M., Riedinger V., Rollin O., Rundlof M., Sardinas H.S., Scheper J., Sciligo A.R., Smith H.G., Steffan-Dewenter I., Thorp R., Tscharntke T., Verhulst J., Viana B.F., Vaissiere B.E., Veldtman R., Westphal C., Potts S.G. 2016. Corrigendum: Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. Nature Communications 7: 10841.
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Potts S.G., Imperatriz-Fonseca V., Ngo H.T., Aizen M.A., Biesmeijer J.C., Breeze T.D., Dicks L.V., Garibaldi L.A., Hill R., Settele J., Vanbergen A.J. 2016. Safeguarding pollinators and their values to human well-being. Nature 540: 220–229.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Bukovinszky T., Biesmeijer J.C., Wäckers F.L., Kleijn D. 2016. Meer bloemen, meer bijen in agrarische landschappen?. Landschap 33: 37-40.
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2015

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Ferreira P.A., Boscolo D., Carvalheiro L.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Rocha P.L.B., Viana B.F. 2015. Responses of bees to habitat loss in fragmented landscapes of Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Landscape Ecology 30: 2067-2078.
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Kleijn D., Winfree R., Bartomeus I., Carvalheiro L.G., Henry M., Isaacs R., Klein A.-M., Kremen C., M'Gonigle L.K., Rader R., Ricketts T.H., Williams N.M., Adamson N.L., Ascher J.S., Baldi A., Batary P., Benjamin F., Biesmeijer J.C., Blitzer E.J., Bommarco R., Brand M.R., Bretagnolle V., Button L., Cariveau D.P., Chifflet R., Colville J.F., Danforth B.N., Elle E., Garratt M.P.D., Herzog F., Holzschuh A., Howlett B.G., Jauker F., Jha S., Knop E., Krewenka K.M., Le Feon V., Mandelik Y., May E.A., Park M.G., Pisanty G., Reemer M., Riedinger V., Rollin O., Rundlof M., Sardinas H.S., Scheper J., Sciligo A.R., Smith H.G., Steffan-Dewenter I., Thorp R., Tscharntke T., Verhulst J., Viana B.F., Vaissiere B.E., Veldtman R., Westphal C., Potts S.G. 2015. Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. Nature Communications 6: 7414.
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Eskildsen A., Carvalheiro L.G., Kissling W.D., Biesmeijer J.C., Schweiger O., Hoye T.T. 2015. Ecological specialization matters: long-term trends in butterfly species richness and assemblage composition depend on multiple functional traits. Diversity and Distributions 21: 792-802.
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Varma V., Ratnam J., Viswanathan V., Osuri A.M., Biesmeijer J.C., Madhusudan M.D., Sankaran M., Krishnadas M., Barua D., Budruk M., Isvaran K., Jayapal R., Joshi J., Karanth K.K., Krishnaswamy J., Kumar R., Mukherjee S., Nagendra H., Niphadkar M., Owen N., Page N., Prasad S., Quader S., Nandini R., Robin V.V., Salt S.M., Shah M.A., Somanathan H., Srinivasan U., Sundaram B. 2015. Perceptions of priority issues in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems in India. Biological Conservation 187: 201-211.
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Aguirre-Gutierrez J., Biesmeijer J.C., Loon E.E. van, Reemer M., WallisDeVries M.F., Carvalheiro L.G. 2015. Susceptibility of pollinators to ongoing landscape changes depends on landscape history. Diversity and Distributions 21: 1129-1140.
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Marshall L., Carvalheiro L.G., Aguirre-Gutierrez J., Bos M., Groot G.A. de, Kleijn D., Potts S.G., Reemer M., Roberts S., Scheper J., Biesmeijer J.C. 2015. Testing projected wild bee distributions in agricultural habitats: predictive power depends on species traits and habitat type. Ecology and Evolution 5: 4426-4436.
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Senapathi D., Carvalheiro L.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Dodson C.A, Evans R.L., McKerchar M., Morton R.D., Moss E.D., Roberts S.P.M., Kunin W.E., Potts S.G. 2015. The impact of over 80 years of land cover changes on bee and wasp pollinator communities in England. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282: 20150294.
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Gerard M., Michez D., Fournier D., Maebe K., Smagghe G., Biesmeijer J.C., Meulemeester T. de 2015. Discrimination of haploid and diploid males of Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera; Apidae) based on wing shape. Apidologie 46: 644-653.
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Maebe K., Meeus I., Ganne M., Meulemeester T. de, Biesmeijer K., Smagghe G. 2015. Microsatellite analysis of museum specimens reveals historical differences in genetic diversity between declining and more stable Bombus species. PLOS ONE 10: e0127870.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Rasmont P., Franzén M., Lecocq T., Harpke A., Roberts S., Biesmeijer J.C., Castro L., Cederberg B., Dvorak L., Fitzpatrick U., Gonseth Y., Haubruge E., Mahé G., Manino A., Michez D., Neumayer J., Ødegaard F., Paukkunen J., Pawlikowski T., Potts S., Reemer M., Settele J., Straka J., Schweiger O. 2015. Climatic Risk and Distribution Atlas of European Bumblebees. BioRisk 10: 1-236.
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Authored books

Schoonhoven L., Biesmeijer K., Oostermeijer G., Roos R. 2015. Niet zonder elkaar: Bloemen en insecten. 192 p. Natuurmedia Uitgeverij, Amsterdam. ISBN 9789082043648.

Potts S., Biesmeijer K., Bommarco R., Breeze T., Carvalheiro L., Franzén M., González-Varo J.P., Holzschuh A., Kleijn D., Klein A.-M., Kunin B., Lecocq T., Lundin O., Michez D., Neumann P., Nieto A., Penev L., Rasmont P., Ratamäki O., Riedinger V., Roberts S.P.M., Rundlöf M., Scheper J., Sørensen P., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stoev P., Vilà M., Schweiger O. 2015. STEP: Status and Trends of European Pollinators. 72 p. Pensoft, Sofia, Bulgaria. ISBN 978-954-642-762-5.

Chapters in books

Cock M.J.W., Biesmeijer J.C., Cannon R.J.C., Gerard P.J., Gillespie D., Jiménez, J.J., Lavelle P.M., Raina S.K. 2015. Invertebrate genetic resources for food and agriculture and climate change. In: FAO Coping with Climate Change – the Roles of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome. ISBN 978-92-5-108441-0.
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2014

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Breeze T.D., Vaissiere B.E., Bommarco R., Petanidou T., Seraphides N., Kozak L., Scheper J., Biesmeijer J.C., Kleijn D., Gyldenkaerne S., Moretti M., Holzschuh A., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stout J.C., Paertel M., Zobel M., Potts S.G. 2014. Agricultural policies exacerbate honeybee pollination service supply-demand mismatches across Europe. PLOS ONE 9: e82996.
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Garratt M.P.D., Coston D.J., Truslove C.L., Lappage M.G., Polce C., Dean R., Biesmeijer J.C., Potts S.G. 2014. The identity of crop pollinators helps target conservation for improved ecosystem services. Biological Conservation 169: 128-135.
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Sandrock C., Tanadini L.G., Pettis J.S., Biesmeijer J.C., Potts S.G., Neumann P. 2014. Sublethal neonicotinoid insecticide exposure reduces solitary bee reproductive success. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 16: 119-128.
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Garratt M.P.D., Breeze T.D., Jenner N., Polce C., Biesmeijer J.C., Potts S.G. 2014. Avoiding a bad apple: Insect pollination enhances fruit quality and economic value. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 184: 34-40.
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Thompson C.E., Biesmeijer J.C., Allnutt T.R., Pietravalle S., Budge G.E. 2014. Parasite Pressures on Feral Honey Bees (Apis mellifera sp.). PLOS ONE 9: e105164.
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Polce C., Garratt M.P., Termansen M., Ramirez-Villegas J., Challinor A.J., Lappage M.G., Boatman N.D., Crowe A., Endalew A.M., Potts S.G., Somerwill K.E., Biesmeijer J.C. 2014. Climate‐driven spatial mismatches between British orchards and their pollinators: increased risks of pollination deficits. Global Change Biology 20: 2815-2828.
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Elbgami T., Kunin W.E., Hughes W.O.H., Biesmeijer J.C. 2014. The effect of proximity to a honeybee apiary on bumblebee colony fitness, development, and performance. Apidologie 45: 504-513.
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Carvalheiro L.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Benadi G., Fründ J., Stang M., Bartomeus I., C.N. Kaiser-Bunbury, Baude M., Gomes S.I.F., Merckx V., Baldock K.C.R., Bennett A.T.D., Boada R., Bommarco R., Cartar R., Chacoff N., Dänhardt J., Dicks L.V., Dormann C.F., Ekroos J., Henson K.S.E., Holzschuh A., Junker R.R., Lopezaraiza-Mikel M., Memmott J., Montero-Castaño A., Nelson I.L., Petanidou T., Power E.F., Rundlöf, Smith H.G., Stout J.C., Temitope K., Tscharntke T., Tscheulin T., Vilà M., Kunin W.E. 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.
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Authored books

Nieto A., Roberts S.P.M., Kemp J., Rasmont P., Kuhlmann M., García Criado M., Biesmeijer J.C., Bogusch P., Dathe H.H., De la Rúa P., De Meulemeester T., Dehon M., Dewulf A., Ortiz-Sánchez F.J., Lhomme P., Pauly A., Potts S.G., Praz C., Quaranta M., Radchenko V.G., Scheuchl E., Smit J., Straka J., Terzo M., Tomozii B., Window J., Michez D. 2014. European Red List of Bees. 84 p. Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. ISBN 978-92-79-44512-5.
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2013

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Carvalheiro L.G., Kunin W.E., Keil P., Aguirre Gutierrez J., Ellis W.N., Fox R., Groom Q., Hennekens S., Landuyt W. van, Maes D., Meutter F. van de, Michez D., Rasmont P., Ode B., Potts S.G., Reemer M., Roberts S.P.M., Schaminee J., Wallis-DeVries M.F., Biesmeijer J.C. 2013. Species richness declines and biotic homogenisation have slowed down for NW-European pollinators and plants. Ecology Letters 16: 870-878.
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Vanbergen A.J., Biesmeijer J.C. 2013. Threats to an ecosystem service: pressures on pollinators. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 251-259.
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Aguirre Gutierrez J., Carvalheiro L.G., Polce C., Loon E.E. van, Raes N., Reemer M., Biesmeijer J.C. 2013. Fit-for-Purpose: Species Distribution Model Performance Depends on Evaluation Criteria - Dutch Hoverflies as a Case Study. PLOS ONE 8: e63708.
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Polce C., Termansen M., Aguirre Gutierrez J., Boatman N.D., Budge G.E., Crowe A., Garratt M.P., Pietravalle S., Potts S.G., Ramirez J.A., Somerwill K.E., Biesmeijer J.C. 2013. Species distribution models for crop pollination: a modelling framework applied to Great Britain. PLOS ONE 8: e76308.
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Shackelford G., Steward P.R., Benton T.G., Kunin W.E., Potts S.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Sait S.M. 2013. Comparison of pollinators and natural enemies: a meta-analysis of landscape and local effects on abundance and richness in crops. Biological Reviews 88: 1002-1021.
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Gonzalez-Varo J.P., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R., Potts S.G., Schweiger O., Smith H.G., Steffan-Dewenter ., Szentgyoergyi H, Woyciechowski M., Vila M. 2013. Combined effects of global change pressures on animal-mediated pollination. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28: 524-530.
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Giannini T.C., Chapman D.S., Saraiva A.M., Alves-dos-Santos I., Biesmeijer J.C. 2013. Improving species distribution models using biotic interactions: a case study of parasites, pollinators and plants. Ecography 36: 649-656.
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Dicks L.V., Abrahams A., Atkinson J., Biesmeijer J., Bourn N., Brown C., Brown M.J.F., Carvell C., Connolly C., Cresswell J.E., Croft P., Darvill B., Zylva P. de, Effingham P., Fountain M., Goggin A., Harding D., Harding T., Hartfield C., Heard M.S., Heathcote R., Heaver D., Holland J., Howe M., Hughes B., Huxley T., Kunin W.E., Little J., Mason C., Memmott J., Osborne J., Pankhurst T., Paxton R.J., Pocock M.J.O., Potts S.G., Power E.F., Raine N.E., Ranelagh E., Roberts S., Saunders R., Smith K., Smith R.M., Sutton P., Tilley L.A.N., Tinsley A., Tonhasca A., Vanbergen A.J., Webster S., Wilson A., Sutherland W.J. 2013. Identifying key knowledge needs for evidence-based conservation of wild insect pollinators: a collaborative cross-sectoral exercise. Insect Conservation and Diversity 6: 435-446.
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Hendriks R.J.J., Carvalheiro L.G., Kleukers M.J.C., Biesmeijer J.C. 2013. Temporal-spatial dynamics in Orthoptera in relation to nutrient availability and plant species richness. PLOS ONE 8: e71736.

Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Cock M.J.W., Biesmeijer J.C., Cannon R.J.C., Gerard P.J., Gillespie D., Jimenez J.J., Lavelle P.M., Raina S.K. 2013. The implications of climate change for positive of invertebrates to world agriculturecontributions. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 8: 1-48.

2012

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Nielsen Anders, Dauber Jens, Kunin William E., Lamborn Ellen, Jauker Birgit, Moora Mari, Potts Simon G., Reitan Trond, Roberts Stuart, Sober Virve, Settele Josef, Steffan-Dewenter I., Stout J.C., Tscheulin T., Vaitis M., Vivarelli D., Biesmeijer J.C., Petanidou Th. 2012. Pollinator community responses to the spatial population structure of wild plants: A pan-European approach. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 489-499.
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Evison S.E.F., Roberts K.E., Laurenson L., Pietravalle S., Hui J., Biesmeijer J.C., Smith J.E., Budge G., Hughes W.O.H. 2012. Pervasiveness of Parasites in Pollinators. PLOS ONE 7: e30641.
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Campbell A.J., Biesmeijer J.C., Varma V., Waeckers F.L. 2012. Realising multiple ecosystem services based on the response of three beneficial insect groups to floral traits and trait diversity. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 363-370.
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Przybylowicz T., Roessingh P., Groot A.T., Biesmeijer J.C., Oostermeijer J.G.B., Chittka L., Gravendeel B. 2012. Possible chemical mimicry of the European lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus). Contributions to Zoology 81: 103-110.

Marini L., Quaranta M., Fontana P., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R. 2012. Landscape context and elevation affect pollinator communities in intensive apple orchards. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 681-689.
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2011

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Keil P., Biesmeijer J.C., Barendregt A., Reemer M., Kunin W.E. 2011. Biodiversity change is scale-dependent: an example from Dutch and UK hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae). Ecography 34: 392-401.
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Potts S.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R., Felicioli A., Fischer M., Jokinen P., Kleijn D., Klein A.-M., Kunin W.E., Neumann P., Penev L.D., Petanidou Th., Rasmont P., Roberts S.P.M., Smith H.G., Sorensen P.B., Steffan-Dewenter I., Vaissiere B.E., Vila M., Vujic A., Woyciechowski M., Zobel M., Settele J., Schweiger O. 2011. Developing European conservation and mitigation tools for pollination services: approaches of the STEP (Status and Trends of European Pollinators) project. Journal of Apicultural Research 50: 152-164.
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Nielsen A., Steffan-Dewenter I., Westphal C., Messinger O., Potts S.G., Roberts S.P.M., Settele J., Szentgyoergyi H., Vaissiere B.E., Vaitis M., Woyciechowski M., Bazos I., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R., Kunin W.E., Tscheulin T., Lamborn E., Petanidou Th. 2011. Assessing bee species richness in two Mediterranean communities: importance of habitat type and sampling techniques. Ecological Research 26: 969-983.
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Polce C., Kunin W.E., Biesmeijer J.C., Dauber J., Phillips O.L. 2011. Alien and native plants show contrasting responses to climate and land use in Europe. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 367-379.
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Pysek P., Jarosik V., Chytry M., Danihelka J., Kuehn I., Pergl J., Tichy L., Biesmeijer J.C., Ellis W.N., Kunin W.E., Settele J. 2011. Successful invaders co-opt pollinators of native flora and accumulate insect pollinators with increasing residence time. Ecological Monographs 81: 277-293.

Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Roberts S.P.M., Potts S., Biesmeijer J.C., Kuhlmann M., Kunin W., Ohlemüller R. 2011. Assessing continental-scale risks for generalist and specialist pollinating bee species under climate change. BioRisk 6: 1-18.
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2010

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Bommarco R., Biesmeijer J.C., Meyer B., Potts S.G., Poyry J., Roberts S.P.M., Steffan-Dewenter I., Ockinger E. 2010. Dispersal capacity and diet breadth modify the response of wild bees to habitat loss. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 277: 2075-2082.
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Hammen V.C., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R., Budrys E., Christensen T.R., Fronzek S., Grabaum R., Jaksic P., Klotz S., Kramarz P., Kroel-Dulay G., Kuehn I., Mirtl M., Moora M., Petanidou T., Pino J., Potts S. G., Rortais A., Schulze C.H., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stout J., Szentgyorgyi H., Vighi M., Vujic A., Westphal C., Wolf T., Zavala G., Zobel M., Settele J., Kunin W.E. 2010. Establishment of a cross-European field site network in the ALARM project for assessing large-scale changes in biodiversity. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 164: 337-348.
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Dauber J., Biesmeijer J.C., Gabriel D., Kunin W.E., Lamborn E., Meyer B., Nielsen A., Potts S.G., Roberts S.P.M., Sober V., Settele J., Steffan-Dewenter I., Stout J.C., Teder T., Tscheulin T., Vivarelli D., Petanidou Th. 2010. Effects of patch size and density on flower visitation and seed set of wild plants: a pan-European approach. Journal of Ecology 98: 188-196.
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Schweiger O., Biesmeijer J.C., Bommarco R., Hickler T., Hulme P.E., Klotz S., Kuehn I., Moora M., Nielsen A., Ohlemueller R., Petanidou Th., Potts S.G., Pysek P., Stout J.C., Sykes M.T., Tscheulin T., Vila M., Walther G.-R., Westphal C., Winter M., Zobel M., Settele J. 2010. Multiple stressors on biotic interactions: how climate change and alien species interact to affect pollination. Biological Reviews 85: 777-795.
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Potts S.G., Biesmeijer J.C., Kremen C., Neumann P., Schweiger O., Kunin W.E. 2010. Global pollinator declines: trends, impacts and drivers. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 25: 345-353.
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Chapters in books

Biesmeijer J.C. 2010. Mag ik deze dans van u?. 33-39: ISBN 9789073196605.

Hammen V.C., Biesmeijer J.C. 2010. The ALARM Field Site Network, FSN. 42-46: Pensoft, Sofia. ISBN 9789546424464.

Biesmeijer J.C. et al 2010. The ALARM Field Site Network: a Continental-Scale Test Bed for questions Related to Major Drivers of Biodiversity Change. 46-48:

Westphal, Biesmeijer J.C. et al 2010. Methods for Quantifying Pollinator Loss. 170-172:

Nielsen A., Biesmeijer J.C. et al 2010. Assesing the Impact of Pollinator Shifts on Wild Plants. 174-176:

2009

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Koedam D., Slaa E.J., Biesmeijer J.C., Nogueira-Neto P. 2009. Unsuccessful attacks dominate a drone-preying wasp's hunting performance near stingless bee nests. Genetics and Molecular Research 8: 690-702.

Monfared A., Talebi A.A., Tahmasbi G., Ebrahimi E., Biesmeijer J. 2009. Bumblebee diversity and abundance in the Iranian Alborz Mountains (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Zoology in the Middle East 46: 83-94.

2008

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Settele J., Biesmeijer J., Bommarco R. 2008. Switch to ecological engineering would aid independence. Nature 456: 570-570.
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Westphal C., Bommarco R., Carre G., Lamborn E., Morison N., Petanidou Th., Potts S.G., Roberts S.P.M., Szentgyoergyi H., Tscheulin T., Vaissiere B.E., Woyciechowski M., Biesmeijer J.C., Kunin W.E., Settele J., Steffan-Dewenter I. 2008. Measuring bee diversity in different European habitats and biogeographical regions. Ecological Monographs 78: 653-671.

2006

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Biesmeijer J.C., Slaa E.J. 2006. The structure of eusocial bee assemblages in Brazil. Apidologie 37: 240-258.
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Biesmeijer J.C., Hartfelder K., Imperatriz-Fonseca V.L. 2006. Stingless bees: biology and management. Apidologie 37: 121-123.
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Biesmeijer J.C., Roberts S.P.M., Reemer M., Ohlemueller R., Edwards M., Peeters T., Schaffers A.P., Potts S.G., Kleukers R., Thomas C.D., Settele J., Kunin W.E. 2006. Parallel declines in pollinators and insect-pollinated plants in Britain and the Netherlands. Science 313: 351-354.
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2005

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Biesmeijer J., Seeley T. 2005. The use of waggle dance information by honey bees throughout their foraging careers. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59: 133-142.
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Aguilar I., Fonseca A., Biesmeijer J.C. 2005. Recruitment and communication of food source location in three species of stingless bees (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini). Apidologie 36: 313-324.
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Biesmeijer J.C., Giurfa M., Koedam D., Potts S.G., Joel D.M., Dafni A. 2005. Convergent evolution: floral guides, stingless bee nest entrances, and insectivorous pitchers. Naturwissenschaften 92: 444-450.
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Chapters in books

Slaa E.J., Biesmeijer J.C. 2005. Flower constancy. 381-400: Enviroquest, ISBN 978-0968012307.

2004

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Biesmeijer J.C., Slaa E.J. 2004. Information flow and organization of stingless bee foraging. Apidologie 35: 143-157.
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2003

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Slaa E.J., Wassenberg J., Biesmeijer J.C. 2003. The use of field-based social information in eusocial foragers: local enhancement among nestmates and heterospecifics in stingless bees. Ecological Entomology 28: 369-379.

Biesmeijer J.C. 2003. The occurrence and context of tremble dancing in free-foraging honey bees (Apis mellifera). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 53: 411-416.
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Biesmeijer J.C. 2003. The occurrence and context of the shaking signal in honey bees (Apis mellifera) exploiting natural food sources. Ethology 109: 1009-1020.

Pereboom J.J.M., Biesmeijer J.C. 2003. Thermal constraints for stingless bee foragers: the importance of body size and coloration. Oecologia 137: 42-50.
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2002

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Vries H. de, Biesmeijer J.C. 2002. Self-organization in collective honeybee foraging: emergence of symmetry breaking, cross inhibition and equal harvest-rate distribution. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51: 557-569.
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2001

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Biesmeijer J.C., Vries H. de 2001. Exploration and exploitation of food sources by social insect colonies: a revision of the scout-recruit concept. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 49: 89-99.

1999

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Biesmeijer J.C., Ermers M.C.W. 1999. Social foraging in stingless bees: how colonies of Melipona fasciata choose among nectar sources. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 46: 129-140.

Biesmeijer J.C., Richter J.A.P., Smeets M.A.J.P., Sommeijer M.J 1999. Niche differentiation in nectar-collecting stingless bees: the influence of morphology, floral choice and interference competition. Ecological Entomology 24: 380-388.

Biesmeijer J.C., Born M., Lukacs S., Sommeijer M.J. 1999. The response of the stingless bee Melipona beecheii to experimental pollen stress, worker loss and different levels of information input. Journal of Apicultural Research 38: 33-41.

Biesmeijer J.C., Smeets M.J.A.P., Richter J.A.P., Sommeijer M.J. 1999. Nectar foraging by stingless bees in Costa Rica: botanical and climatological influences on sugar concentration of nectar collected by Melipona. Apidologie 30: 43-55.

1998

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Biesmeijer J.C., Nieuwstadt M.G.L. van, Lukacs S., Sommeijer M.J. 1998. The role of internal and external information in foraging decisions of Melipona workers (Hymenoptera : Meliponinae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 42: 107-116.

Vries H. de, Biesmeijer J.C. 1998. Modelling collective foraging by means of individual behaviour rules in honey-bees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 44: 109-124.

Biesmeijer J.C., Toth E. 1998. Individual foraging, activity level and longevity in the stingless bee Melipona beecheii in Costa Rica (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponinae). Insectes Sociaux 45: 427-443.

1992

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Biesmeijer J.C., Marwijk B. van, Deursen K. van, Punt W., Sommeijer M.J. 1992. Pollen sources for Apis-mellifera l (Hym, Apidae) in Suriname, based on pollen grain volume estimates. Apidologie 23: 245-256.