WILLIAM HAWKES

PhD Student

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I am an insect migration scientist studying the incredible movement of insects above our heads every year. Tiny creatures like hoverflies (as well as myriad other taxa) undertake journeys 1000s of km long to remain in areas suitable for maximising their reproductive output. These insects complete their great flights by surfing favourable winds to power their flight while using the sun (or the moon/stars) as a compass to guide them.  

These animals move in their trillions globally, but recent research suggests that this figure may be a tiny percentage of what it once was. Intensification of agricultural practices and other losses of habitats being the presumed main culprits for this decline. 

My work intends to showcase the fascinating world of insect migration and the vital roles they play for our planet, inspiring interest in these creatures to help solve the biodiversity crisis.