Melissa Minter is a PhD student at the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity at the University of York. Her research focuses on the conservation genetics of the UK’s only mountain butterfly, the mountain ringlet, which is declining due to climate change. Prior to this she was a research assistant at Rothamsted Research working on the genetic mechanisms of insect migration, and she have also volunteered extensively for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust running bee walks and identification workshops. Melissa loves all things entomology and spends a lot of time making her garden bee-friendly.
Melissa has collaborated with artist Feral Practice on the Garden to Garden project, and is one of the judges on its image competition