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Nature Lecture: "Desert Bees" with Hollis Woodard

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Nature Lecture:

Desert Bees

Desert Bee Joshua Tree National Park

With Hollis Woodard

Join us on Wednesday, March 13th for the nature lecture Desert Bees with Hollis Woodard. The discussion will focus on studies and findings about our desert bees. We'll learn about how to protect the pollinators that we depend on for agricultural and natural ecosystem sustainability in the face of climate and other environmental changes. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC). This program is presented in partnership with the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park.

Hollis WoodardOne third of Earth's surface is currently classified as desert, and this fraction is expected to increase as our planet continues to become warmer and drier in the coming years. A pressing question is how to protect the pollinators that we depend on for agricultural and natural ecosystem sustainability in the face of these and other climatic changes.

Bees tend to be extremely biodiverse in deserts and have evolved a variety of behavioral and physiological strategies allowing them to thrive in arid environments. We have recently started examining these adaptations and by understanding these adaptations in desert bees, we can better anticipate how bees in temperate areas might respond to warmer and drier climates across both ecological and evolutionary timescales.

Dr. S. Hollis Woodard is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Entomology at the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology Center for Conservation Biology at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Woodard received a PhD in Biology (2012) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked with Dr. Gene Robinson on the molecular basis of social evolution in bees. From 2013-2015 she was a USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow working on the nutritional ecology of bumble bees with Dr. Shalene Jha at the University of Texas at Austin. In summer 2015, she became an Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside. She is broadly interested in native bee ecology, evolution, and social behavior, and in identifying the underlying mechanisms that allow bees to plastically respond to their environments, and ultimately persist on our rapidly-changing planet.

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