Understanding relationships among interacting species can inform applications in landscape design and biodiversity conservation. This project aims to examine the role of functional and phylogenetic diversity in plant-bee pollinator interactions to investigate productivity and stability as functions of ecological design and urban planning. This work requires the collection of bee larva for rearing and release in flight cages. The species of interest are those that naturally nest in plant stems or bored-wood holes but also accept artificial nest boxes as habitat. These are made of bundled cardboard tubes and can be set out in a habitat of interest to passively monitor species. At the Koffler Scientific Reserve, fifty (50) nestboxes will be set up along forest edges and in meadow habitat to collect specimens for study in conjunction with specimens from three other large Southern Ontario parks located along an urbanization gradient.
Principal Investigator: Marc Cadotte