Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University
andreagruver at gmail dot com
I am a first-year master's student researching the effect of urbanization on native bee communities here in Chicago, IL. I am interested in identifying what urban landscape features influence native bee community composition and what traits native bees in urban setting possess. I am broadly interested in community ecology, pollination biology, and entomology. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going to concerts, painting, and exploring all that Chicago has to offer.
With urban areas growing dramatically, it is critical that we understand how ecological communities respond to the land-use changes associated with urbanization. Native pollinators may be particularly susceptible to effects of urbanization given various aspects of their ecology and natural history. Although research on the effects of urbanization on native bees is growing, we are still far...