Dr Vanbergen is an invertebrate ecologist whose research is focused on understanding interspecific interactions, community structure, and the relationship between human activities, biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Over the last 20 years, Adam has investigated the role of anthropogenic factors (climate, land management, landscape structure and invasive species) in shaping biodiversity and interactions, above and belowground, at trophic levels directly (herbivores, pollinators) and indirectly (predators, parasites) connected to plants and at different levels of spatial and biological organization.
Since July 2018, Adam is employed as a research director at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) at the UMR Agroecologie in Dijon. Before that, he worked at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH Banchory 1998-2007; CEH Edinburgh 2007-2018) and did his PhD part-time (2002-2006) registered at Cardiff University. Adam is currently the Honorary Secretary and Board member of the British Ecological Society (2015-present) and he has experience of the science-policy interface at national and intergovernmental levels through his roles as the Science Co-ordinator of the UK Insect Pollinators Initiative (2010-2015) and lead author in the assessments of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES: 2014-2016: Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production; 2015-2017: Regional Assessment of Biodiversity & Ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia).