Associate Professor, Sustainable Plant Production Systems, Western Sydney University, Penrith, NSW
Robert Spooner-Hart is Associate Professor of Sustainable Plant Production Systems at Western Sydney University, Australia. He was previously Director of the Centre for Horticulture & Plant Science for 10 years, and the Centre for Plant & Food Science. He has extensive experience in entomological research and development, with a major emphasis on sustainable pest management and beneficial arthropods. His pollination research and development activities over more than 20 years include honeybee stock improvement, field crop pollination by honeybees (especially kiwifruit, cotton, and most recently apples and cherries in NSW and India), pollination in greenhouses, small hive beetle, and stingless bee biology and pathology. He is co-authoring the Australian chapter of Pot-honey: a legacy of stingless bees and an Australian chapter for The small hive beetle – a growing problem in the 21st century. He has supervised a number of PhD students in pollination and stingless bee biology and pathology. He is currently a chief investigator in two large Hort Innovation-funded projects, Healthy bee populations for horticultural pollination services, and Stingless bees as effective managed pollinators for Australian horticulture.