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Department of Plant Sciences



Jake started his PhD project as part of the BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme in October 2018. Previously, he studied BSc Biological Sciences at Durham University from 2012 to 2016, with a year in industry at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. During this year he researched the foraging habits of Apis mellifera using DNA metabarcoding and DNA barcoded tropical rainforest trees in Borneo to aid rainforest conservation. After graduating from his undergraduate degree, he worked as a field trials technician at NIAB in the agricultural crop characterisation team, focusing on the testing of field beans, Vicia faba. In his spare time, he enjoys singing as much as possible and growing as many plants as he can find space for.


Jake has a background in agriculture, having assisted on his family farm since he was born. He is interested in how agriculture and conservation can work together to make our food production more efficient without costing the environment. His PhD project aims to explore how the pollination and yield of Vicia faba can be enhanced by understanding more about the floral characteristics which pollinators find attractive.

For more information about Jake's research, you can watch this recent research video on the Cambridge University YouTube channel:


Key publications: 

De Vere, N., Jones, L.E., Gilmore, T., Moscrop, J., Lowe, A., Smith, D., Hegarty, M.J., et al. (2017). Using DNA metabarcoding to investigate honey bee foraging reveals limited flower use despite high floral availability. Scientific Reports 7:1–10.

Postgraduate Student
Mr Jake  Moscrop

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
01223 333934; 330212