Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing World

The goal of my research program is to build an empirically motivated understanding of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning at large scales. Many of the lab’s projects try to bridge the gap between smaller-scale experiments and the associated theory, which ecologists understand reasonably well, to the more complicated reality of nature. What is the most meaningful way to measure biodiversity in nature, and is the answer scale-dependent? Do we need to preserve biodiversity in order to maintain ecosystem services, or are only a few dominant species sufficient? What is the role of rare species in ecosystem services?  These are some of our current questions.

Individual lab members work on research questions of their choice and in a variety of systems worldwide, but all of us use pollinators and/or pollination as a model system. We put the results of our research into practice through collaboration with NGOs and government agencies doing on-the-ground pollinator conservation.

Winfree Lab Group, Summer 2022

Back row:  James Reilly, Research Associate; Rachael Winfree, Principal Investigator; Dylan Simpson, PhD student; Sam Wilhelm, Research Technician; Joe Guilian, Research Technician; Andrew Aldercotte, PhD student

Front row: Lucia Weinman, PhD student; Max McCarthy, PhD student; Katie Turo, Postdoc

Not pictured: Natalie Lemanski, Postdoc; Joanna Gunther, PhD student