Callum is an ecologist currently based at the University of Hull, UK. He is fascinated by Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), and his research focuses on the ways in which human activities impact these creatures and how they are able to respond. Callum completed his PhD at Newcastle University, UK, studying the role of moths as nocturnal pollinators and the impacts of artificial light at night on these interactions.
IDSW Presentation Description: Dark skies are not just important to astronomers, but also to the many animals and plants that make use of the night-time, including moths. I will discuss how, far from being pests of wardrobes and carpets, moths make an important contribution to the health of ecosystems by providing nocturnal pollination to plants. I’ll then describe how this “ecosystem service” is threatened by artificial light at night. Date – April 22 Time – TBD