2019 - 22nd Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Bees in the Big City: Investigating the Effect of Urbanization on Native Bees in Chicago, Illinois

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Katie Donaldson, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Department or Major

Biology

Location

Lillard Lobby

Abstract

Abundance and diversity of pollinators, especially native bees, have been declining worldwide. Habitat fragmentation and destruction caused by urbanization is believed to be a major cause of these declines. Certain functional traits are thought to impact native bees' ability to adapt to the effects of urbanization. However, information regarding how bee functional traits relate to survivability in urban environments is limited. Further understanding is critical to predicting how native bees will respond to increasing anthropogenic changes in the environment. I hypothesize that functional traits of native bee communities, such as tongue length and body size, will change along a suburban to urban gradient in the Chicago area.

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-9-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

4-9-2019 2:15 PM

Panel

Poster Session

Field of Study for Presentation

Biology

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Apr 9th, 1:00 PM Apr 9th, 2:15 PM

Bees in the Big City: Investigating the Effect of Urbanization on Native Bees in Chicago, Illinois

Lillard Lobby

Abundance and diversity of pollinators, especially native bees, have been declining worldwide. Habitat fragmentation and destruction caused by urbanization is believed to be a major cause of these declines. Certain functional traits are thought to impact native bees' ability to adapt to the effects of urbanization. However, information regarding how bee functional traits relate to survivability in urban environments is limited. Further understanding is critical to predicting how native bees will respond to increasing anthropogenic changes in the environment. I hypothesize that functional traits of native bee communities, such as tongue length and body size, will change along a suburban to urban gradient in the Chicago area.