Ongoing Research

Bee biodiversity in Colorado’s Front Range

We are studying local and landscape factors associated with wild bee communities in rangeland ecosystems of the greater Front Range area. Our goal is to understand how site occupancy by invasive species and urbanization impact bee abundance and diversity (both taxonomic and functional). This research will help practitioners develop strategies for bee conservation.

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Spruce forest resistance to bark beetles

Our lab studies tree resistance mechanisms as they pertain to spruce beetle and other forest insects. Specifically, we study how tree chemistry impacts beetles, their behavior, and the microbial species they are associated with. This is a central area of research in the lab and many project ideas develop from this study system. We are also investigating fluctuations in forest productivity in response to bark beetle disturbances with collaborators from USFS and University of Idaho.

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