Dr Beverley Adams-Groom


Senior Palynologist and Pollen Forecaster

School of Science and the Environment

Biological Sciences

Contact Details

email: b.adams-groom@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905855411

Beverley is a leading expert in pollen forecasting and provides the UK with forecasts for all the main airborne allergens, aided by colleagues in the pollen forecast team, and working in association with the UK Met Office. The main discipline for this work is Aerobiology, which is the study of the production, emission and dispersal of biological particles (bioaerosols).Beverley is also involved in the field of Palynology, which is the study of microscopic biological particles (mainly pollen and spore identification). She applies this in the quality assurance of honeys for the UKs honey companies and analysts. This is a form of forensic work, involving identification of pollen extracted from honey of various countries to ensure the origin and floral composition and to check for contamination or adulteration.


  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science (Worcester)
  • PhD by Publication in Forensic Palynology (Worcester)

Teaching Interests

Beverley teaches UMS students and advises MRes and PhD students, as well as independent study students. Currently teaching on the following courses:

  • BIOL1008 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • BIOS4002 Integrated Masters in Applied and Commercial Research

Research Interests

Beverley has recently published and collaborated on studies examining the relationship between pollen season trends in the UK and climate change impacts. Current work involves analysis of fungal spore levels in the UK airstream and detection of bioaerosols using real-time, automated samplers.urrent research interests are on pollen trends and climate change.

Recent Publications

  • Tummon F, Adams-Groom B , Antunes C, Bruffaerts N, Buters J, Carinanos P, Celenk S, Choel M, Clot B, Cristofori A, Crouzy B, Damialis A, Rodriguez Fernandez A, Fernandez Gonzalez D, Galan C, Gedda B, Gehrig R, Gonzalez-Alonso M, Gottadini E, Gros-Daillon J, Hajkova L, O'Connor D, Ostensson P, Oteros J, Pauling A, Perez-Badia R, Rodinkova V, Rodriguez-Rajo J, Ribeiro H, Sauliene I, Sikoparija B, Skjoth C, Spanu A, Sofiev M, Sozinova O, Srnec L, Visez N and de Weger L. 2024. The role of automatic pollen and fungal spore monitoring across major end user domains. Aerobiologia. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1573-3025 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10453-024-09820-2
  • Pashley CH, Skjoth C, Hemming D, Adams-Groom B, Borman A, Johnson E, Anees-Hill S, Todkill D, Elliot A, Lam H, Goode E-J. 2023. Chapter 6. Outdoor airborne allergenic pollen and fungal spores. In: UKHSA. Health Effects of Climate Climate Change in the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/climate-change-health-effects-in-the-uk.
  • Carl A. Frisk, Beverley Adams-Groom, Matt Smith, Isolating the species element in grass pollen allergy: A review, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 883, 2023, 163661, ISSN 0048-9697, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.163661.
  • Apangu, G.P., Frisk, C.A., Adams-Groom, B. et al. Using qPCR and microscopy to assess the impact of harvesting and weather conditions on the relationship between Alternaria alternata and Alternaria spp. spores in rural and urban atmospheres. Int J Biometeorol (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-023-02480-w
  • Frisk CA, Apangu GP, Petch GM, Creer S, Hanson M, Adams-Groom B, Skjøth CA. Microscale pollen release and dispersal patterns in flowering grass populations. Sci Total Environ. 2023 Apr 5:163345. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.163345.
  • Apangu G, Adams-Groom B, Satchwell J, Pashley CH, Werner M, Kryza M, Szymanowski M, Malkiewicz M, Bruffaerts N, Hoebeke L, Grinn-Gofron A, Grewling L, Gonzalez Roldan N, Oliver G, Sindt C, Kloster M, Skjoth C. 2022. Sentinel-2 satellite and HYSPLIT model show that local cereal harvesting substantially contributes to peak Alternaria spore concentrations. Agricultural and forest meteorology. Journal of Agriculture and Forest Meteorology, 326 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2022.109156
  • Buters J, Clot B, Galán C, Gehrig R, Gilge S, Hentges F, O’Connor D, Sikoparija B, Skjoth C, Tummon F, Adams-Groom B, Antunes CM, Bruffaerts N, Çelenk S, Crouzy B, Guillaud G, Hajkova L, Seliger AK, Oliver G, Ribeiro H, Rodinkova V, Saarto A, Sauliene I, Sozinova O, Stjepanovic B. 2022. Automatic detection of airborne pollen: an overview. Aerobiologia. ISSN Electronic: 1573-3025 Print: 0393-5965
  • Adams-Groom B, Selby K, Derrett S, Frisk CA, Pashley CH, Satchwell J, King D, McKenzie G, Neilson R. Pollen season trends as markers of climate change impact: Betula, Quercus and Poaceae. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Science of the Total Environment, 831 (154882). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154882
  • Rowney FM, Brennan GL, Skjøth CA, Griffith GW, McInnes RN, Clewlow Y, Adams-Groom B, Barber A, de Vere N, Economou T, Hegarty M, Hanlon HM, Jones L, Kurganskiy A, Petch GM, Potter C, Rafiq AM, Warner A, ‘The PollerGEN Consortium’, Wheeler B, Osborne NJ, Creer S. 2021. Environmental DNA reveals links between abundance and composition of airborne grass 1 pollen and respiratory health. Current Biology, 31: 9: 1995-2003 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.02.019
  • Adams-Groom B, Skjoth C, Selby K, Pashley C, Satchwell J, Head K, Ramsay G. 2020. Regional calendars and seasonal statistics for the United Kingdom’s main pollen allergens. Allergy, 75 (6): 1492-1494. https://doi.org/10.1111/all.14168
  • Adams-Groom B, Martin P, Sierra-Banon A-L. 2019. Pollen characterization of English honey from Worcestershire, West Midlands (UK). Bee World, 97 (2): 53-56 https://doi.org/10.1080/0005772X.2019.1698105