Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Jacobus Biesmeijer

MSc, PhD 1997, Utrecht
Lecturer
School of Biology

Background: I am Dutch and obtained my MSc in Tropical Ecology and my PhD in Behavioural Ecology from Utrecht University (NL). After a couple of years at Cornell University (NY), I came to the University of Leeds to work within the Sixth Framework EU-project ALARM on assessing large-scale risks for biodiversity.

Contact:  Miall 10.24 | +44(0) 113 34 32815 | email address for Dr Jacobus Biesmeijer 

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Dr Luisa Carvalheiro  (Research Fellow)

Mr Martin Lappage  (Visiting Research Assistant)

Dr Chiara Polce  (Visiting Research Fellow)

Miss Catherine Thompson  (Research Fellow)


Shackelford G; Steward PR; Benton TG; Kunin WE; Potts SG; Biesmeijer JC; Sait SM Comparison of pollinators and natural enemies: a meta-analysis of landscape and local effects on abundance and richness in crops. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 88 1002-1021, 2013
DOI:10.1111/brv.12040
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Carvalheiro LG; Kunin WE; Keil P; Aguirre-Gutiérrez J; Ellis WN; Fox R; Groom Q; Hennekens S; Van Landuyt W; Maes D; Van de Meutter F; Michez D; Rasmont P; Ode B; Potts SG; Reemer M; Roberts SP; Schaminée J; WallisDeVries MF; Biesmeijer JC Species richness declines and biotic homogenisation have slowed down for NW-European pollinators and plants. Ecol Lett 16 870-878, 2013
DOI:10.1111/ele.12121
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Aguirre-Gutiérrez J; Carvalheiro LG; Polce C; van Loon EE; Raes N; Reemer M; Biesmeijer JC Fit-for-purpose: species distribution model performance depends on evaluation criteria - Dutch Hoverflies as a case study. PLoS One 8 e63708-, 2013
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0063708
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Evison SEF; Roberts KE; Biesmeijer JC; Hughes WOH; Laurenson L; Pietravalle S; Budge G; Hui J; Smith JE Pervasiveness of parasites in pollinators PLoS ONE 7 -, 2012
DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0030641
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Campbell AJ; Biesmeijer JC; Varma V; Wäckers FL Realising multiple ecosystem services based on the response of three beneficial insect groups to floral traits and trait diversity Basic and Applied Ecology 13 363-370, 2012
DOI:10.1016/j.baae.2012.04.003
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Cock MJW; Biesmeijer JC; Cannon RJC; Gerard PJ; Gillespie D; Jimenez JJ; Lavelle PM; Raina SK The positive contribution of invertebrates to sustainable agriculture and food security CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 7 -, 2012
DOI:10.1079/PAVSNNR20127043
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Nielsen A; Dauber J; Lamborn E; Tscheulin T; Vaitis M; Vivarelli D; Petanidou T; Nielsen A; Nielsen A; Reitan T; Dauber J; Kunin WE; Biesmeijer JC; Dauber J; Stout JC; Lamborn E; Potts SG; Roberts S; Tscheulin T; Jauker B; Jauker B; Moora M; Sõber V; Settele J; Steffan-Dewenter I; Vivarelli D Pollinator community responses to the spatial population structure of wild plants: A pan-European approach Basic and Applied Ecology -, 2012
DOI:10.1016/j.baae.2012.08.008
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Marini L; Bommarco R; Quaranta M; Fontana P; Biesmeijer JC Landscape context and elevation affect pollinator communities in intensive apple orchards Basic and Applied Ecology -, 2012
DOI:10.1016/j.baae.2012.09.003
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Przybyłowicz T; Roessingh P; Groot AT; Oostermeijer JGB; Gravendeel B; Biesmeijer JC; Chittka L Possible chemical mimicry of the European lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) Contributions to Zoology 81 103-110, 2012
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Giannini TC; Chapman DS; Saraiva AM; Alves-dos-Santos I; Biesmeijer JC Improving species distribution models using biotic interactions: A case study of parasites, pollinators and plants Ecography -, 2012
DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2012.07191.x
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Marini L; Bommarco R; Quaranta M; Fontana P; Biesmeijer JC Landscape context and elevation affect pollinator communities in intensive apple orchards Basic and Applied Ecology 13 681-689, 2012
DOI:10.1016/j.baae.2012.09.003
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Polce C; Kunin WE; Biesmeijer JC; Dauber J; Phillips OL; ALARM Field Site Network Alien and native plants show contrasting responses to climate and land use in Europe GLOBAL ECOL BIOGEOGR 20 367-379, 2011
DOI:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00619.x

Potts SG; Biesmeijer JC; Bommarco R; Felicioli A; Fischer M; Jokinen P; Kleijn D; Klein AM; Kunin WE; Neumann P; Penev LD; Petanidou T; Rasmont P; Roberts SPM; Smith HG; Sorensen PB; Steffan-Dewenter I; Vaissiere BE; Vila M; Vujic A; Woyciechowski M; Zobel M; Settele J; Schweiger O Developing European conservation and mitigation tools for pollination services: approaches of the STEP (Status and Trends of European Pollinators) project J APICULT RES 50 152-164, 2011
DOI:10.3896/IBRA.1.50.2.07

Keil P; Biesmeijer JC; Barendregt A; Reemer M; Kunin WE Biodiversity change is scale-dependent: an example from Dutch and UK hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae) ECOGRAPHY 34 392-401, 2011
DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2010.06554.x

Pysek P; Jarosik V; Chytry M; Danihelka J; Kuhn I; Pergl J; Tichy L; Biesmeijer JC; Ellis WN; Kunin WE; Settele J Successful invaders co-opt pollinators of native flora and accumulate insect pollinators with increasing residence time ECOL MONOGR 81 277-293, 2011

Nielsen A; Steffan-Dewenter I; Westphal C; Messinger O; Potts SG; Roberts SPM; Settele J; Szentgyoergyi H; Vaissiere BE; Vaitis M; Woyciechowski M; Bazos I; Biesmeijer JC; Bommarco R; Kunin WE; Tscheulin T; Lamborn E; Petanidou T Assessing bee species richness in two Mediterranean communities: importance of habitat type and sampling techniques ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH 26 969-983, 2011
DOI:10.1007/s11284-011-0852-1

Potts SG; Biesmeijer JC; Kremen C; Neumann P; Schweiger O; Kunin WE Global pollinator declines: trends, impacts and drivers TRENDS ECOL EVOL 25 345-353, 2010
DOI:10.1016/j.tree.2010.01.007

Dauber J; Biesmeijer JC; Gabriel D; Kunin WE; Lamborn E; Meyer B; Nielsen A; Potts SG; Roberts SPM; Sober V; Settele J; Steffan-Dewenter I; Stout JC; Teder T; Tscheulin T; Vivarelli D; Petanidou T Effects of patch size and density on flower visitation and seed set of wild plants: a pan-European approach J ECOL 98 188-196, 2010
DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2745.2009.01590.x

Schweiger O; Biesmeijer JC; Bommarco R; Hickler T; Hulme PE; Klotz S; Kuhn I; Moora M; Nielsen A; Ohlemuller R; Petanidou T; Potts SG; Pysek P; Stout JC; Sykes MT; Tscheulin T; Vila M; Walther GR; Westphal C; Winter M; Zobel M; Settele J Multiple stressors on biotic interactions: how climate change and alien species interact to affect pollination BIOL REV 85 777-795, 2010
DOI:10.1111/j.1469-185X.2010.00125.x

Hammen VC; Biesmeijer JC; Bommarco R; Budrys E; Christensen TR; Fronzek S; Grabaum R; Jaksic P; Klotz S; Kramarz P; Kroel-Dulay G; Kuhn I; Mirtl M; Moora M; Petanidou T; Pino J; Potts SG; Rortais A; Schulze CH; Steffan-Dewenter I; Stout J; Szentgyorgyi H; Vighi M; Vujic A; Westphal C; Wolf T; Zavala G; Zobel M; Settele J; Kunin WE Establishment of a cross-European field site network in the ALARM project for assessing large-scale changes in biodiversity ENVIRON MONIT ASSESS 164 337-348, 2010
DOI:10.1007/s10661-009-0896-7

Bommarco R; Biesmeijer JC; Meyer B; Potts SG; Poyry J; Roberts SPM; Steffan-Dewenter I; Ockinger E Dispersal capacity and diet breadth modify the response of wild bees to habitat loss P ROY SOC B-BIOL SCI 277 2075-2082, 2010
DOI:10.1098/rspb.2009.2221

Rasmussen C; Nieh J; Biesmeijer JC Foraging biology of neglected bee pollinators Psyche -, 2010
DOI:10.1155/2010/134028

Koedam D; Slaa EJ; Biesmeijer JC; Nogueira-Neto P Unsuccessful attacks dominate a drone-preying wasp's hunting performance near stingless bee nests GENET MOL RES 8 690-702, 2009

Westphal C; Bommarco R; Carre G; Lamborn E; Morison N; Petanidou T; Potts SG; Roberts SPM; Szentgyorgyi H; Tscheulin T; Vaissiere BE; Woyciechowski M; Biesmeijer JC; Kunin WE; Settele J; Steffan-Dewenter I MEASURING BEE DIVERSITY IN DIFFERENT EUROPEAN HABITATS AND BIOGEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS ECOL MONOGR 78 653-671, 2008

Biesmeijer JC; Hartfelder K; Imperatriz-Fonseca VL Stingless bees: biology and management APIDOLOGIE 37 121-123, 2006
DOI:10.1051/apido:2006020

Biesmeijer JC; Slaa EJ The structure of eusocial bee assemblages in Brazil APIDOLOGIE 37 240-258, 2006
DOI:10.1051/apido:2006014

Biesmeijer JC; Roberts SPM; Reemer M; Ohlemuller R; Edwards M; Peeters T; Schaffers AP; Potts SG; Kleukers R; Thomas CD; Settele J; Kunin WE Parallel declines in pollinators and insect-pollinated plants in Britain and the Netherlands SCIENCE 313 351-354, 2006
DOI:10.1126/science.1127863

Biesmeijer JC; Hartfelder K; Imperatriz-Fonseca VL Les abeilles sans aiguillon: Biologie et gestion Apidologie 37 121-123, 2006
DOI:10.1051/apido:2006020

Biesmeijer JC; Seeley T The use of waggle dance information by honey bees throughout their foraging careers Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 59 133-142, 2005
DOI:10.1007/s00265-005-0019-6

Biesmeijer JC; Slaa EJ; de Castro MS; Viana BF; de MP Kleinert A; Imperatriz-Fonseca VL Connectance of Brazilian Social bee-food plant networks is influenced by habitat, but not by latitude, altitude or network size, 2005

Biesmeijer JC; Giurfa M; Koedam D; Potts SG; Joel DM; Dafni A Convergent evolution: floral guides, stingless bee nest entrances, and insectivorous pitchers Naturwissenschaften 92 444-450, 2005
DOI:10.1007/s00114-005-0017-6
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Aguilar I; Fonseca A; Biesmeijer JC Recruitment and communication of food source location in three species of stingless bees (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponini) APIDOLOGIE 36 313-324, 2005
DOI:10.1051/apido:2005005

Biesmeijer JC; Slaa EJ Information flow and organization of stingless bee foraging Apidologie 35 143-157, 2004
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Slaa EJ; Wassenberg J; Biesmeijer JC The use of field-based social information in eusocial foragers: local enhancement among nestmates and heterospecifics in stingless bees Ecological Entomology 28 369-379, 2003
DOI:10.1046/j.1365-2311.2003.00512.x

Biesmeijer JC The occurrence and context of the shaking signal in honey bees (Apis mellifera) exploiting natural food sources Ethology 109 1009-1020, 2003
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Pereboom JJM; Biesmeijer JC Thermal constraints for stingless bee foragers: the importance of body size and coloration OECOLOGIA 137 42-50, 2003
DOI:10.1007/s00442-003-1324-2

Biesmeijer JC The occurrence and context of tremble dancing in free-foraging honey bees (Apis mellifera) Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 53 411-416, 2003
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de Vries H; Biesmeijer JC Self-organization in collective honeybee foraging: emergence of symmetry breaking, cross inhibition and equal harvest-rate distribution BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL 51 557-569, 2002
DOI:10.1007/s00265-002-0454-6

Biesmeijer JC; de Vries H Exploration and exploitation of food sources by social insect colonies: a revision of the scout-recruit concept. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 49 89-99, 2001
DOI:10.1007/s002650000289

Biesmeijer JC; Smeets MJAP; Richter JAP; Sommeijer MJ Nectar foraging by stingless bees in Costa Rica: botanical and climatological influences on sugar concentration of nectar collected by Melipona APIDOLOGIE 30 43-55, 1999

Biesmeijer JC; Richter JAP; Smeets MAJP; Sommeijer MJ Niche differentiation in nectar-collecting stingless bees: the influence of morphology, floral choice and interference competition ECOL ENTOMOL 24 380-388, 1999

Biesmeijer JC; Born M; Lukacs S; Sommeijer MJ The response of the stingless bee Melipona beecheii to experimental pollen stress, worker loss and different levels of information input J APICULT RES 38 33-41, 1999

Biesmeijer JC; Ermers MCW Social foraging in stingless bees: how colonies of Melipona fasciata choose among nectar sources BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL 46 129-140, 1999

Biesmeijer JC; Toth E Individual foraging, activity level and longevity in the stingless bee Melipona beecheii in Costa Rica (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Meliponinae) INSECT SOC 45 427-443, 1998

Biesmeijer JC; van Nieuwstadt MGL; Lukacs S; Sommeijer MJ The role of internal and external information in foraging decisions of Melipona workers (Hymenoptera : Meliponinae) BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL 42 107-116, 1998

de Vries H; Biesmeijer JC Modelling collective foraging by means of individual behaviour rules in honey-bees BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL 44 109-124, 1998

BIESMEIJER JC; VANMARWIJK B; VANDEURSEN K; PUNT W; SOMMEIJER MJ POLLEN SOURCES FOR APIS-MELLIFERA L (HYM, APIDAE) IN SURINAM, BASED ON POLLEN GRAIN VOLUME ESTIMATES APIDOLOGIE 23 245-256, 1992