School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
My research interests focus on the evolution and conservation of pollinators, particularly bees in the Asia-Pacific region.
Since January 2017 I have been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Adelaide in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine where I investigate the utility of Australian native bees as crop pollinators as part of the AgriFutures: Securing Pollination project.
In particular, I look at how proximity to native vegetation can influence the types of insects visiting crop flowers (lucerne/alfalfa, apple) and how this impacts the quantity and/or quality of the yield.
The clip below provides a summary of the project and the roles of some of my collaborators. Prospective students are welcome to contact me should they be interested in getting involved.
The clip here outlines some of my previous research and nomination as a finalist for PhD Research Excellence in the South Australian Science Excellence Awards.
Date Position Institution name 2014 - 2016 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow Kyoto University 2009 - 2010 Research Assistant Kunming Institute of Zoology 2008 - 2009 Research Officer SARDI
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2015 Nomination PhD Research Excellence at the South Australian Science Excellence Awards Flinders University of South Australia — — 2014 Fellowship JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Kyoto University Japan — 2014 Research Award Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence: Biological Sciences Flinders University of South Australia — — 2010 Fellowship Endeavour Postgraduate Research Fellowship: Australian Government University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Fiji — 2010 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award Flinders University of South Australia — — 2008 Award Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation – First Class Honours Flinders University of South Australia — —
Date Institution name Country Title — Flinders University of South Australia Australia PhD — Flinders University of South Australia Australia BSc (Hons)
Year Citation 2020 Ibalim, S., Groom, S., Dorey, J., Velasco-Castrillon, A., Schwarz, M., & Stevens, M. (2020). Origin and dispersal of Homalictus (Apoidea: Halictidae) across Australia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 144(1), 1-14.
2020 Dorey, J. B., Groom, S. V., Freedman, E. H., Matthews, C. S., Davies, O. K., Deans, E. J., . . . Schwarz, M. P. (2020). Radiation of tropical island bees and the role of phylogenetic niche conservatism as an important driver of biodiversity.. Proceedings. Biological sciences, 287(1925), 20200045.
2019 Williamson, E., Groom, S., & Hogendoorn, K. (2019). A new method to sample DNA from feral honey bee hives in trees. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 143(1), 92-96.
2019 Breed, M., Harrison, P., Blyth, C., Byrne, M., Gaget, V., Gellie, N., . . . Mohr, J. (2019). The potential of genomics for restoring ecosystems and biodiversity. Nature Reviews Genetics, 20(10), 615-628.
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2018 Groom, S. V. C., & Rehan, S. (2018). Climate-mediated behavioural variability in facultatively social bees. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 125(1), 165-170.
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2017 Silva, D., Groom, S., da Silva, C., Stevens, M., & Schwarz, M. (2017). Potential pollination maintenance by an exotic allodapine bee under climate change scenarios in the Indo-Pacific region. Journal of Applied Entomology, 141(1-2), 122-132.
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2017 Groom, S., Stevens, M., Ramage, T., & Schwarz, M. (2017). Origins and implications of apid bees (Hymentopera: Apidae) in French Polynesia. Entomological Science, 20(1), 65-75.
2016 da Silva, C., Groom, S., Stevens, M., & Schwarz, M. (2016). Current status of the introduced allodapine bee Braunsapis puangensis (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Fiji. Austral Entomology, 55(1), 43-48.
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2015 Groom, S., Tuiwawa, M., Stevens, M., & Schwarz, M. (2015). Recent introduction of an allodapine bee into Fiji: A new model system for understanding biological invasions by pollinators. Insect Science, 22(4), 532-540.
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2014 Groom, S., Stevens, M., & Schwarz, M. (2014). Parallel responses of bees to Pleistocene climate change in three isolated archipelagos of the southwestern Pacific. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1785), 20133293-1-20133293-7.
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2014 Groom, S., Hayes, S., Ngo, H., Stevens, M., & Schwarz, M. (2014). Recipe for disruption: Multiple recent arrivals of megachilid bees in Pacific archipelagos. Journal of Insect Conservation, 18(4), 613-622.
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2014 Groom, S., Ngo, H., Rehan, S., Skelton, P., Stevens, M., & Schwarz, M. (2014). Multiple recent introductions of apid bees into Pacific archipelagos signify potentially large consequences for both agriculture and indigenous ecosystems. Biological Invasions, 16(11), 2293-2302.
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2013 Davies, O., Groom, S., Ngo, H., Stevens, M., & Schwarz, M. (2013). Diversity and origins Of Fijian Leaf-Cutter Bees (Megachilidae). Pacific Science, 67(4), 561-570.
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2013 Groom, S., Stevens, M., & Schwartz, M. (2013). Diversification of Fijian halictine bees: Insights into a recent island radiation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 68(3), 582-594.
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2011 Groom, S., & Schwarz, M. (2011). Bees in the southwest pacific: Origins, diversity and conservation. Apidologie, 42(6), 759-770.
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2y Salary) $115 500
Kyoto University, Japan
JSPS Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (2y) $23 000
Evolution of sociality: A comparative transcriptomics approach
Groom SVC, Kawakita A
The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation (3y) $45 000
Assessing impacts of two major new exotic pollinators in Fiji
Schwarz MP, Stevens MI, Groom SVC, M Tuiwawa and P Skelton
Flinders University Postgraduate Travel Grant $1 400
NSW-DPI Farrer Trust Travelling Scholarship $4 800
Museum Victoria 1854 Student Travel Scholarship $1 000
Endeavour Research Fellowship (6m Salary) $23 500
University of the South Pacific, Fiji
Rufford Small Grants Trust (2y) $10 000
Bees of Samoa: Identifying Threats and Developing Strategies
Groom SVC, Schwarz MP, Stevens MI, Tuiwawa M and Skelton P
Nature Conservation Society Grant $1 000
NCCARF Travel Grant $2 800
The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation (3y) $45 000
Native bees in the South Pacific – conservation and roles in agriculture
Schwarz MP, Groom SVC, Stevens MI, Taylor M, and Skelton P
Australian Postgraduate Award (3y Salary) $70 500
Flinders University, Adelaide
AusAid: Youth Ambassador for Development (1y Salary) $23 500
Kunming Institute of Zoology, China
Mar 10 – Nov 14 Flinders University: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Demonstrator and Tutor (~600h) in topics covering:
Undergraduate: Evolution of Biodiversity (BIOL1101); Molecular Basis of Life (BIOL1102); Biology and Society (BIOL1112); Data Analysis (STAT1412); Genetics, Diversity, and Evolution (BIOL2702); Applied Statistics (STAT2700); Statistics for Biology (BIOL2701); Research in Animal Behaviour (BIOL3721);
Masters: Statistical Methods for Science (STAT5702)
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