Berry J. Brosi
Our research is focused broadly on the community ecology of mutualisms. A central theme in my lab is understanding the relationship between biological diversity and ecosystem processes, especially those driven by mutualisms and other species interactions.
Within this theme, much of our work focuses on the causes and ecosystem functional consequences of pollinator declines, which are of critical societal relevance given the central role of bees as pollinators in both natural ecosystems as well as the human agricultural enterprise.
Recent work has focused on understanding the consequences for plant reproduction of experimental removals of pollinator species; incorporating more biology into pollination network models to improve predictions; and understanding honey bee declines using an ecological and evolutionary approach.
We use a range of scientific approaches including manipulative and comparative field studies, controlled laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, and population genetics.
Our research is funded by NSF, NIH, USDA, other government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
In addition, I am actively engaged in environmental policy research with environmental lawyers and practitioners.
Please see our lab website for more information, including opportunities for prospective post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates interested in joining the lab.
Selected publications (PDFs for personal use available upon request):
Brosi BJ, Briggs HM (2013) Single pollinator species losses reduce floral fidelity and plant reproductive function. PNAS 110(32): 13044-13048.
Brosi BJ, Biber, EGN (2012) Citizen Involvement in the US Endangered Species Act. Science 37(6096): 802-803.
Suni SS, Brosi, BJ (2012) Population genetics of orchid bees in a fragmented tropical landscape. Conservation Genetics 13: 323-332.
Souza RO, Del Lama MA, Cervini M, Mortari N, Eltz T, Zimmermann Y, Bach C, Brosi BJ, Suni S, Quezada-Euán, Paxton RJ (2010) Conservation genetics of neotropical pollinators revisited: Microsatellite analysis suggests that diploid males are rare in orchid bees. Evolution 64: 3318-3326.
Biber E, Brosi B (2010) Officious intermeddlers or citizen experts? Petitions and public production of information in Environmental Law. UCLA Law Review; UC Berkely Public Law Research Paper No. 1432652: 321-397.
Brosi BJ (2009) The effects of forest fragmentation on euglossine bee communities (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini). Biological Conservation 142: 414-423.
Brosi BJ, Daily GC, Shih TM, Oviedo F, Durán G (2008) The effects of forest fragmentation on bee communities in tropical countryside. Journal of Applied Ecology 45(3): 773-783.
Brosi BJ (2009) The complex responses of social stingless bees (Apidae: Meliponini) to tropical deforestation. Forest Ecology and Management 258: 1830-1837.
Brosi BJ, Daily GC, Chamberlain CP, Mills M (2009) Detecting changes in habitat-scale bee foraging using stable isotopes. Forest Ecology and Management 258: 1846-1855.
Brosi BJ, Biber EG (2009) Statistical interference, Type II error, and decision-making under the US Endangered Species Act. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 7(9): 487-494.
Brosi BJ, Armsworth PR, Daily GC (2008) Optimal design of agricultural landscapes for pollination services. Conservation Letters 1: 27-36.
Fischer J, Brosi BJ, Daily GC, Ehrlich PR, Goldman R, Goldstein J, Lindenmayer DB, Manning AD, Mooney HA, Pejchar L, Ranganathan J, Tallis H (2008) Should agricultural policies encourage land sparing or wildlife-friendly farming? Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 6(7): 380-385.
Brosi BJ, Daily GC, Ehrlich PR (2007) Bee community shifts with landscape context in a tropical countryside. Ecological Applications 17: 418-430.