Nigel Raine

Role: Professor (Environmental Sciences)

Nigel Raine joined the University of Guelph as the inaugural holder of the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, the first research chair of its kind in Canada. He is a global leader in the fields of behaviour, ecology and conservation of pollinators, and has spent much of the last decade working on the impacts of environmental stressors (such as pesticide exposure) on wild bees.

Nigel has been lucky enough to spend two decades investigating bees and their intimate relationships with flowers on three continents. Before moving to Canada in 2014, he studied at the University of Oxford, worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield and Queen Mary University of London, and held his first faculty position at Royal Holloway University of London.

Nigel’s work combines internationally excellent research and significant engagement with policy-makers and other conservation-relevant stakeholder groups. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and Linnean Society of London. Nigel was recognized in 2014 as a World Economic Forum Young Scientist – one of 40 outstanding researchers under the age of 40, and he has recently been elected to the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada.

Food from Thought project(s): Pollinator biodiversity monitoring and pollinator seed mix assessment

Project category: Crop Sciences

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