Hedgerows can be great ways to attract pollinators in agriculture and forestry settings. But how can such relatively small plantings impact pollinator abundance and diversity on larger scales? This week we dig deep into the science of how hedgerows contribute to pollinator health. 

Lauren Ponisio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University Of Riverside and part of the Center for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER). Her lab focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which species interactions maintain species diversity, and how this information can harness these processes to manage and restore diversity in human-modified systems. The Ponisio Lab’s aim is to discover new insights into how communities form, evolve, and persist through time and space, aiding in the prediction and prevention of community collapse.

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Ponisio Lab
Center for Integrative Bee Research

Dr. Ponisio’s Book Recommendation: Bees of California: Art, Science, and Poetry
Dr. Ponisio’s Tool Recommendation: Killing jar bandolier
Dr. Ponisio’s Favorite Pollinator: Male sunflower bees (Melissodes), Megachile

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