November 4 2015

12:00 LSB 2320

S. Hollis Woodard
Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside

Molecular tools and bumble bees: revealing hidden details of behavior, ecology and evolution in a model system


Bumble bees are a longstanding model system for studying bee ecology, evolution, and social behavior, and are one of the most economically important groups of native pollinators worldwide. Research in the recently-established Woodard lab at UC Riverside focuses on using molecular approaches to advance our fundamental understanding of bumble bees, with an emphasis on how the nutritional environment shapes this group of bees across both evolutionary and ecological timescales. Current projects being developed in the lab include i) an examination of how diet quality impacts bumble bee queen health and longevity, ii) impacts of nutritional regimes on thermoregulation and energetics, iii) energetics of bee-mediated pollination in southern California’s caneberry agroecosystems, and iv) floral resource heterogeneity and bumble bee population dynamics in the western US.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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