Dr Paul Cross

Dr Paul Cross

In June 2018 the Canada-UK Foundation grant enabled Paul the opportunity to be a part of the world’s first network of automated radio-tracking stations (University of Guelph, Canada) with Bangor University’s energy harvesting tracking device to monitor real-time movement patterns of pollinators.

This study explains both a state of the art tracking system (antennae array), with the world’s most revolutionary approach to bee-tracking by harvesting the bee’s wing energy.

Bumblebees weighing approximately 200mg were able to support the device and flew with minimal interference. The tags were also fitted to honeybee drones (male honeybees) who flew without apparent hindrance.

Paul’s work in Canada has allowed a mutual exchange of ideas and techniques. Bangor engineers were able to help Prof. Rainer and Dr. Bates to rectify the directionality of their antenna design whilst reciprocating with practical field tagging techniques. Paul intends to collaborate in the future by writing proposals for a post-doctoral pollination scientist through joint funded programmes.