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Pollinators & Pollination: Nature and Society is my latest book, published by Pelagic at the end of 2020. It’s an up to date and highly personal account of why pollinators are important, how they interact with flowers, trends in their diversity and abundance, and how we as individuals and as a society can help to conserve them in a rapidly changing world.

Recent plaudits include:

Fascinating, entertaining, and thought-provoking. A highly readable mix of science, personal observation and anecdote, this is my favourite book of the many published on pollinators and pollination in recent years.

Professor Dave Goulson, author of A Sting in Tale, Bee Quest, A Buzz in the Meadow and The Garden Jungle

SUPERB. It contains everything I’ve spent the last 10 years trying to grasp, all in one book, AND written in a way I can understand! It makes such a difference to a non-scientist (like me) to be able to grasp the facts, and the science behind the facts, without having to first look up dozens of terms I don’t understand.

Brigit Strawbridge Howard, author of Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature

The first book that I was involved with, as a co-editor with Nick Waser, was Plant-Pollinator Interactions: From Specialization to Generalization (University of Chicago Press 2006). The volume was extremely well received and gained some very positive reviews:

A masterful overview of a rich field in a stage of dynamic ferment….Plant-Pollinator Interactions will define much of the debate on the central issue of specialization and generalization in pollination biology. I recommend it to all students of pollination, as well as to those interested in broader issues of plant and animal interactions.

Henry F. Howe in BioScience

In Plant–Pollinator Interactions, Waser and Ollerton bring together experts from different regions of the world to address how patterns of specialization and generalization in pollination systems vary across spatial and temporal scales. . . . An important contribution to our understanding of plant–pollinator interactions. . . . By reading this book . . . one will conclude that pollination biology is undergoing a renaissance that will ultimately provide us with a deeper understanding of the evolutionary and ecological processes involved in this fascinating interaction.

Shuang-Quan Huang in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Pollination biology at its best!…This book is a must-read for pollination biologists, and for those interested in evolutionary ecology, biological interactions, and co-evolution.

Markus Fischer in Basic and Applied Ecology

A timely piece, providing a comprehensive view of our current understanding of multispecies plant-pollinator interactions. The chapters are well referenced and well written, making for an informative text for graduate students as well as researchers.

Rebecca E. Irwin in Ecoscience
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