Research

Bees are important because they provide pollination, but bees are declining due to a combination of stressors including habitat loss, a lack of flowers, and parasite and pathogen pressure. As a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz with Dr. Stacy Philpott, I study how these stressors play out across human-managed urban and rural agricultural systems. I am interested in the impact of agricultural management on the pollination provided by bees, the landscape epidemiology of pollinator diseases, and bee-microbe interactions. To study bee health, I use multidisciplinary approaches from ecology, molecular and microbial biology, and political ecology. 

 

Bees transmit parasites and pathogens through floral visits. One of my interests is how floral availability impacts bee-microbe and bee-pathogen interactions.