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Michael Simanonok, PhD

Michael Simanonok is a Biologist at the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota.

I'm broadly interested in how landscape patterns and processes influence community- and network-level structure and function. My work at Northern Prairie follows these themes using both managed and native bee species to address questions of land-use change in the Northern Great Plains. Current projects include 1) investigating how the quality and species composition of forage collected by bees changes with land use, 2) using pollen DNA data from rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) museum specimens to infer historical foraging and inform conservation efforts, and 3) exploring relationships between solitary bee nesting and floral resource variability across the landscape.

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, 2018

  • M.S. Biological Sciences, Montana State University, 2013

  • B.S. Biology, University of North Texas, 2010

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