Pollinator health, physiology, and nutrition
combined effects of nutrition and pesticide exposure on bumble bee performance
Pollinators, including bumble bees, are responsible for producing one third of the food we eat. However, pollinator populations are declining world-wide, largely due to exposure to agricultural pesticides. Neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that has been partially banned in Europe but is still used in the United States, ends up in floral nectar and pollen and is consumed by bees. Additionally, bees face challenges brought on by habitat loss, climate change, and pathogens. My work at University of Nevada, Reno seeks to understand how multiple stressors affect bee performance from the cellular level to the population level. This work is in its infancy - check back for updates!