Communicating our results to a larger audience and seeing our science used in the real world is an important goal in our lab. Currently, our outreach efforts focus on two areas:
1: Developing science-based protocols for pollinator restoration on private lands, as funded through Federal Farm Bill programs. We are experimentally testing the efficacy of different pollinator restoration protocols, in collaboration with New Jersey NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
2: Facilitating the integration of native pollinators into crop pollination programs. Native bees can contribute significantly to crop pollination – an important benefit to agriculture given ongoing health problems with managed honey bees (Apis mellifera). We seek to identify the landscape- and farm-scale factors that determine the crop pollination services provided by native pollinators, and to communicate our results to agricultural growers.
Media Coverage of Our Work
An introduction to the most important native crop pollinators in New Jersey with guidelines for habitat management practices that encourage them.
A simple visual guide to some of the more common bee species native to New Jersey.
Detailed guide to restoring habitat for pollinators, including lists of New Jersey native plant species that will attract pollinators. Co-published with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
How to identify pollinators and assess their abundance. Co-published with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.