Pollination and Plant Reproduction
Special Assistant Professor
C138 Plant Sciences
I am interested Pollination biology specifically Crop-pollinator interactions, pollinator health and pollinator diversity in different agroecosystems. Focusing on honeybee health and nutrition, my research questions address crop diversity and its nutritive benefits for honeybees. In addition, we are interested in population ecology of native bees in urban agriculture systems, documenting and developing strategies for conserving bee diversity in urban areas, exploring interaction between honeybees and native bees in an urban agriculture setting and incorporating citizen science initiatives for the conservation of pollinator diversity. Projects in my lab explore several topics including understand nutrients in pollen and phytochemicals, and their role in bee health, native bee diversity and urban agriculture, citizen science and pollinator conservation, plant reproductive strategies under abiotic stress etc.
Courses / Teach
SOCR 415 – Pollinator Management in Agroecosystems – Spring Semester (odd years)
SOCR 475 – Global Challenges in Plant and Soil Science – Spring Semester (even years). Team taught with Dr. Jessica Davis