April 5 2017

12:00 LSB 2320

Nicole Rafferty
UC Riverside

Plant-Pollinator Interactions in a Changing Climate


Climate change has resulted in shifts in both the ranges and the phenologies of many species. Because these shifts vary in magnitude and direction, a concern has been that dislocations in space or time will disrupt species interactions, ultimately leading to local extinctions of interdependent species. Mutualistic interactions, such as those between flowering plants and pollinators, may be especially vulnerable to disruption, as they require the co-occurrence of species at particular, often brief, life history stages. Based on experimental manipulations, long-term historical data, and phylogenetic analyses, I will discuss the implications of phenological and distributional shifts for the community ecology of plants and pollinators in prairie, desert, and montane ecosystems.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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