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.