Eastern Ecological Science Center

Pollinator Conservation

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Date published: March 9, 2020
Status: Active

Bees of the Northeastern U.S.

Declines of pollinators have engendered worldwide concern, but trends in the faunas of most insect pollinators, including bees, remain uncertain.  We are studying the bee fauna of southern Rhode Island to provide baseline information about the current fauna, and information about bee-flower interactions.

Contacts: Howard Ginsberg, Ph.D., Sam Droege, Steven Alm, Aya Rothwell, Sara Tucker
Date published: March 12, 2019
Status: Active

Improving Forage for Honey Bees on USDA Conservation Lands: A Pilot Study for Testing Sampling Methods and Hypothesis Development

Commercial beekeepers have been bringing their bees to the Northern Great Prairie (NGP) for many decades due to the availability of nectar and pollen-rich plants in abundant grasslands.  

Date published: March 5, 2019
Status: Active

Does tropospheric ozone, resulting from fossil fuel combustion, disrupt bee pollination?

The Challenge: Pollinators such as bees use floral volatiles to guide them to flowers. Tropospheric ozone produced from fossil fuel combustion products can breakdown floral volatiles. Interference with bee pollination threatens habitat quality and biodiversity and the security of the US food supply system. 

Date published: March 20, 2017
Status: Active

DNA Barcoding for Identifying Native Bee Species

The Challenge: Traditionally, bee identification has relied on taxonomic methods centered on descriptions of morphological differences between species. However, for many species, separate keys are required for identifying adult males and females and immature life stages. These keys are commonly unavailable. The lack of distinguishing morphological characters useful for separating closely...