Our Costa Rica research sites are located in the San Luis Valley of Monteverde and near the Piro River on the Osa Peninsula. Our work in the San Luis Valley focuses on quantifying pollinator response to climate change including warming temperatures and unpredictable precipitation patterns. There is an urgent need to study the effects of climate change on pollinators and pollination services within the tropical countryside of the seasonally dry slopes of the Pacific because invertebrates in these types of landscapes are predicted to be the most at-risk.
Bees provide an invaluable service to humanity via pollination and arguably they are the most important organisms on the planet. In the Osa, our work seeks to identify effective restoration strategies for pollinator communities and pollination services in previously degraded landscapes. Currently we are quantifying the plant-pollinator network for flowering shrub species on the Osa, as shrubs are often the first stage in facilitated restoration. Identifying which shrub species can be considered hubs and connectors in the network will allow us to later test these species experimentally in restoration treatments for pollinators and pollination services.
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