Month: June 2023

Championing nature’s most misunderstood critters

Dr Tilly Collins is a senior academic at the Centre for Environmental Policy. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on enhancing the environmental, social and economic sustainability in land-use transitions. She has a passion for entomology and makes regular media appearances to advocate for the crucial role of insects in future sustainability.

I am unashamedly and unabashedly an entomologist. I came to this realisation a bit late and only really fell in love with the insect world while doing my PhD at the Imperial College campus at Silwood Park as a decade-delayed mature student. My field work there was spent estimating insect numbers (especially of aphids) in willow plantations and listening to the hum and thrum of the array of life around me.

This was the start of my lifelong passion for working with insects, and spreading what I know to others so that, together, we can build an insect-positive future.

Dr Collins being interviewed, extolling the virtues and benefits of insects at the RHS Chelsea Garden.