Washington Native Bee Society
April 27th, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
Berry Brosi - Plant-Pollinator Networks and Global Environmental Change
April 29th, 2023 at 7:30pm on Zoom
The structure of interactions between plants and pollinators has strikingly consistent features across the world, irrespective of ecosystem type. These structures may help buffer plant-pollinator systems from disturbances like global environmental change, but also have some puzzling features. I will discuss some of my lab’s work on this topic while also introducing some new (and new to us) related work we are beginning in Washington State.
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Hunt's Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii) Image by Joe Dlugo
Berry Brosi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, University of Washington, where he moved in September 2020 after 10 years on the faculty at Emory University in Atlanta. He is an ecologist whose current research program focuses on how the structure of ecological interaction networks—primarily plant-pollinator networks—affects ecological stability and functioning in the face of global environmental change. He has also conducted research on a wide variety of other topics, mostly related to pollinators and environmental change. While most of his work to fieldwork to date has taken place in Costa Rica, the southeastern US, and especially the Colorado Rockies, he is enthusiastically expanding his lab’s field programs to Tahoma (Mt. Rainier National Park) and to the Washington Cascades.