Department of Biology at the University of Rochester
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Lasioglossum (Dialictus) sp.?
Female collecting pollen from globe mallow (Sphaeralcia laxa)



Hay Hollow, San Bernandino Valley

 

Pollination is a keystone process in ecosystem and bees are the primary pollinators of many plants. There is increasing concern that pollination relationships are threatened due to human-caused extirpation of pollinators.


One important outcome of our long-term study of pollinator dynamics in the San Bernardino Valley is to establish a baseline set of data from a semi-natural area where human impact is now minimal.


Along with a number of colleagues, a standardized protocol for pollinator monitoring was developed in hopes that data collected on pollinator populations in the future will be comparable across studies. This protocol can be found at (online.sfsu.edu/~beeplot/).