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Chad Campbell

PhD Student, Pollinator Biology and Ecology
Price Hall

Advisor: Dr. Margaret Couvillon

Dissertation title:  Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee (Megachile rotundata) Health, Productivity and Survival In Virginia Landscapes.

Research interests:   I am interested in developing habitat assessment and management methods aimed at conserving pollinators. My PhD project is a part of the second phase of a 5-year study investigating honey bees as bioindicators of habitat quality for other bees. In particular, I am measuring the effect of different landscapes on the health, productivity and survival of alfalfa leafcutting bees. I will compare my findings to previously collected honey bee foraging data to understand the overlap in the sources of flowers used by these two species.  This research will result in a better understanding of the landscape factors affecting the survival of alfalfa leafcutting bees, as well as relate that to other pollinators.