We are very excited to be working with Paul Manning, he is most definitely an artist’s type of scientist – hugely self motivated and committed to using his considerable creative skills to communicate the results of his research to the public.
Paul is a Canadian environmental scientist from Nova Scotia. He came to Oxford in 2013 on a Rhodes Scholarship to begin graduate studies at the Department of Zoology. He is interested in soil biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided by a range of invertebrates in agricultural ecosystems, with a particular focus on dung beetles.
We’re planning a joint self-publishing project with Paul, using his research results and beautiful illustrations to highlight the huge benefits provided by a range of pasture associated invertebrates – from decomposition of waste and maintenance of healthy soil to natural pest control.
“After the completion of my formal education, I plan to contribute to the sustainable agriculture sector through research and publication. Simultaneously, I plan on taking an active role in educating and engaging the greater public in issues surrounding the environment.”
Paul’s Research interests:
Natural enemy ecology
Integrated pest management
Conservation biological control
Ecology of dung associated invertebrates
Sustainable food production systems
Innovative use of agricultural byproducts