The Rothamsted Insect Survey NBRI: From Microscopes to Machine Learning

Thursday 21st September, 2023 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Online via Zoom

Learn about the Rothamsted Insect Survey and how their 50+ year aphid and moth datasets inform scientists, policy makers & conservationists.

The story of the Rothamsted Insect Survey starts back in 1964 at a time when the Beetles released Can’t Buy Me Love’ and that finishes sometime in the future when entomology might look quite different. James will discuss insect declines and the work of the DRUID (Drivers and Repercussions of UK Insect Declines) NERC-funded project. James will be joined by Dr Yoann Bourhis who will demonstrate our citizen science app that uses machine learning to predict where species might be, extending our knowledge about current species distributions.

Dr James Bell is a Quantitative Ecologist and Head of the Rothamsted Insect Survey. He is an entomologist with a broad research platform, partly shaped by his role as Head of the RIS. His expertise and research interests cover climate science, pest population dynamics, insect declines, forecasting and machine and deep learning applications in ecology.

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