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Rotary International Presidential Peace Conference 2018
Rotary International Presidential Peace Conference 2018

Dr Romina Rader

Dr Romina Rader

Senior Lecturer at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW

Biography

Dr Romina Rader is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW.  She is currently working on crop pollination by bees and other taxa that visit a range of fruit crops including mango, melon avocado, raspberry and blueberry.  Dr Rader’s expertise includes the development of methods to quantify the effectiveness of pollinators in agricultural systems.  She has used large-scale field experiments to determine the distance pollinators transport viable pollen from crops and demonstrated that wild and managed pollinators provide stability to crop pollination services over time. Dr Rader is part of a global network of pollination ecologists working on various research questions concerning pollinator community effectiveness, including how many visits are required for plants to set fruit and how different pollinators can impact fruit quality.  She completed her PhD in 2011 on pollinator assemblages in mass flowering crops and following that, two postdocs at Rutgers University in the USA and Stockholm University in Sweden.  Romina’s group at UNE in Armidale are currently studying which pollinators –bees, flies, beetles, moths, butterflies, and birds, as well as other taxa – visit which crops in different farming systems, and what environmental factors make pollinators less or more effective.