To Bee or Not to Bee: Documenting bee declines in dynamic landscapes – Dr. Olivia Carril

Dr Olivia Carril

Streaming live from the Barrows Lecture Series at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

7:00-9:00 PM (ET)

Dr. Olivia Carril has been studying native bees and the plants they visit for over 20 years. Recent evidence has hinted at a possible decline in native bee species in North America, but with over 4,000 bee species occurring here, quantifying these declines and elucidating which bees are most effected has proved challenging for researchers. Olivia has been involved in several long term bee monitoring projects throughout western North America which harbors nearly three-quarters of the bee species found in the U.S; many of these areas have never been sampled for bees. Her work focuses on the drivers of their diversity and the causes and consequences of decline, even as new species are discovered. Olivia will discuss our current understanding of native bee populations and their health, the challenges researchers are working to overcome, and the importance of their ecosystem services.