202 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
My interests are in applied pollination ecology, pollinator conservation, and habitat restoration. My research at MSU is focused on developing best management practices via plant selection strategies to support both managed and native pollinators. Using a set of ~50 native plants arranged in mono-specific plots around Michigan, I am asking:
- Which plants best support pollinator abundance and diversity in dry soils characteristic of MI orchards?
- Which plant traits are best correlated with pollinator visitation to native plants?
Collected data will be used in the development of an easy-to-use plant selection tool for growers and land managers.
Additionally, I am working to quantify pollen and nectar production in study plants, and to identify plants that are particularly important for offspring pollen provisioning in alternatively managed stem-nesting bees.
Please visit: http://nativeplants.msu.edu/ for more information about my work.
Click here to see results from 2015