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Website: Keith Mason
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Knute Gundersen
PhD Student
Effects of native wildflower plantings on bumble bee (Bombus sp.) nesting, pathogen prevalence, and pathogen spread

202 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
East Lansing, MI 48824
517/ 432-9554
gunder37@msu.edu

 

I graduated from St. Olaf College (MN) in 2012 with a B.A. in Biology and Economics. During my time at St. Olaf, I performed research on prairie pollination by building a plant-pollinator web to distinguish functionally important plant and pollinator species in tall-grass prairies through out late summer and fall. Furthermore, I was able to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Oregon State University and work in Costa Rica as a research assistant, where I researched bumble bees and stingless bees in multiple agroecosystems.

Currently at MSU, I am focusing my research around wildflower plantings along crop field margins (particularly in highbush blueberry) and how they influence pathogen prevalence and pathogen spread in native bumble bees. I will also be examining how these native plantings affect nesting density in bumble bees. Through this research, I will identify ways in which we can support native pollinators in these agriculturally intensified areas in an effort to help prevent native pollinator decline.

Photos from summer (2013) in Costa Rica:

Telescoping pole