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Ellen Baker

PhD Candidate, Nutritional Ecology, University of Oxford

My main research interest is pollination biology and I'm fascinated by understanding what factors influence the relationships we see between pollinators and flowers. This interest was sparked when I read 'The Biology of Flowers' by Eigil Holm during my A levels. My PhD has focussed on collecting nutritional data from a wide range of plants and bees so we can better understand what nutrients bees are obtaining from different flowers.

My research career began during my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Bristol, after which I pursued my interest in plants by studying for an MSc in Plant and Fungal Taxonomy, Diversity and Conservation at RBG Kew. After completing my masters I left academia for a few years. During this time I worked on systematic mapping projects looking into the impact of sustainability standards, followed by becoming a plant sciences content editor at the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International. I am in the last year of my PhD which has been in collaboration with RBG Kew.


  • 2019–2024
    PhD student, University of Oxford