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Sarah Harkin

GLP Study Director and specialist in bee ecotoxicology.

Sarah joined Fera in 2009 as an ecotoxicologist working with birds, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates. Since then she has specialised in bee ecotoxicology (honey bee and non-apis species) working on lab based, field and semi-field studies. She is an active member of the working groups that form The International Commission for Pollinator Plant Relationships (ICPPR).

Before joining Fera, Sarah worked in restaurant management in England and Australia before changing direction and pursuing a career in science, gaining a BSc in Animal Management from the University of Leeds in 2008.

Sarah enjoys cooking and keeping fit.

Key publications:

  • Wilkins S; Jarratt N; Harkin S; Thompson H; Coulson M; (2013) "Effects of solvent on the toxicity of dimethoate in a honey bee in vitro larval study". Pest Management Science 69(4),462-463,
  • Thompson H; Fryday S; Harkin S; Milner S; (2014) "Potential impacts of synergism in honeybees (Apis mellifera) of exposure to neonicotinoids and sprayed fungicides in crops". Apidologie (45), 545-553,
  • Thompson, H. M., Wilkins, S., Harkin, S., Milner, S. and Walters, K. F. (2014), "Neonicotinoids and bumblebees (Bombus terrestris): effects on nectar consumption in individual workers". Pest. Management Science.. doi: 10.1002/ps.3868,
  • Contact Sarah:


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    Phone: +44 (0)1904 465655

    Office address: Fera Science Ltd. (Fera), National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ

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