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Mr Jonathan Pattrick

BBSRC DTP and Graduate student
Mr Jonathan Pattrick
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 333934

Research Interests

Jonathan joined the lab in 2014 after a degree in Zoology at the University of St Andrews, and a research Masters focussing on ant plant interactions.  In his PhD, he will be looking at the functions of modifications in petal surface microstructure, such as those formed by conical epidermal cells.  These structures are known in some cases to improve grip for bees; however, the wider significance of grip as a factor in shaping flower-pollinator interactions is not well explored.   Jonathan is based jointly between the departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology and will be using a mixture of behavioural, physiological and molecular approaches to investigate the importance of these modifications in different situations, and how they may be related to the tarsal structures of the pollinators concerned.  He will also be investigating to what extent plants may be able to use petal surface properties to modify pollinator behaviour and filter the pollinator species that can successfully visit.

Key Publications

Pattrick J.G., Shepherd T., Hoppitt W., Plowman N.S., and Willmer P. (2017) A dual function for 4-methoxybenzaldehyde in Petasites fragrans? Pollinator-attractant and ant-repellent. Arthropod-Plant Interactions

Pattrick J.G., Block W. & Glover B.J. (2017) The effect of the Bee Gym grooming device on Varroa destructor mite fall from honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies.  Journal of Apicultural Research 56, 63-70.

Bailes, E.J., Ollerton, J., Pattrick, J.G. & Glover, B.J. (2015) How can an understanding of plant-pollinator interactions contribute to global food security? Current Opinion in Plant Biology 26, 72–79.

Nityananda V. & Pattrick J.G. (2013) Bumblebee visual search for multiple learned target types. The Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 4154-4160.

Willmer P.G., Nuttman C.V., Raine N.E., Stone G.N., Pattrick J.G., Henson K., Stillman P., McIlroy L., Potts S.G. & Knudsen J.T. (2009) Floral volatiles controlling ant behaviour. Functional Ecology 23, 888-900.


Apis mellifera (Honey bee) claw