There are currently five research programs at Cornell that investigate pollinators. This research covers a broad spectrum of topics including pollinator biology, ecology, diversity, evolution, threats to pollinators, interactions between insects and plants, and pollinator management.
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The Danforth lab studies bee evolution, phylogeny, ecology and the important role that wild bees play as agricultural pollinators. They combine phylogenetic studies of bees based on molecular data with ecological studies of bees and their interactions with flowering plants.
The McArt lab studies the ecology of plant-pollinator interactions in natural and managed systems. They use tools from chemical and molecular ecology to assess how pesticides and pathogens impact pollinator health, ecology and the delivery of pollination services.
The Raguso lab studies the sensory and behavioral aspects of plant-pollinator interactions, with an emphasis on the evolution of chemical signals and cues. Their studies span the full range of generalized to specialized pollination systems, including plants as exotic as Titan Arums and Dracula orchids, and as local and economically important as apple and strawberry.
The Agrawal lab studies the ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions, including aspects of herbivory, pollination, community and chemical ecology, and coevolution. Research projects include work on local biodiversity, ecology of invasive plants, the biology of Monarch butterflies, and the evolution of plant strategies.
The Geber lab studies plant ecology and evolutionary biology, including interactions between plants and their bee pollinators. There are two ongoing projects involving wild bee pollinators. The ecology and evolution of specialist bee pollinator sharing in the plant genus Clarkia and the impact of large solar energy facilities on wild bee populations in the eastern Mojave Desert.