Berry J. Brosi
Bee declines are of enormous societal relevance given the central role of bees as pollinators in both natural ecosystems as well as the human agricultural enterprise. The goal of my research program is to understand the causes and implications of bee declines, for both native bees as well as managed honey bees.
Our work addresses topics such as the effects of land-use change on bee communities; the impacts of bee species losses on plant pollination in diverse natural communities; the conservation and landscape genetics of bees; and understanding and managing disease threats in bees. We use a range of scientific approaches including comparative and manipulative field studies, controlled laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, population genetics, stable isotope studies, and GIS and remote sensing.
Our research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture.
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Brosi, B.J. 2009. The complex responses of social stingless bees (Apidae: Meliponini) to tropical deforestation. Forest Ecology & Management 258: 1830–1837.
Brosi, B.J., G.C. Daily, M. Mills, and C.P. Chamberlain. 2009. Detecting changes in habitat-scale bee foraging using stable isotopes. Forest Ecology & Management. 258: 1846–1855.
Brosi, B.J., and E.G. Biber. 2009. Statistical inference, Type II error, and decision-making under the US Endangered Species Act. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 7(9): 487–494.
Brosi, B.J. 2009. The effects of forest fragmentation on euglossine bee communities. Biological Conservation 142:414-423
Brosi, B.J., P.R. Armsworth, and G.C. Daily. 2008. The optimal design of agricultural landscapes for pollination services. Conservation Letters 1: 27-36.
Brosi, B.J., G.C. Daily, T.M. Shih, F. Oviedo, and G. Durán. 2008. The effects of forest fragmentation on bee communities in tropical countryside. Journal of Applied Ecology 45(3): 773-783.
Fischer, J., Brosi, B.J., Daily, G.C., Ehrlich, P. R., Goldman, R., Goldstein, J., Manning, A.D., Mooney, H.A., Pejchar, L., Ranganathan, J., and Tallis, H. 2008. Should agricultural policies encourage land sparing or wildlife-friendly farming? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(7): 380–385.
Brosi, B.J., G.C. Daily, and P.R. Ehrlich. 2007. Bee community shifts with landscape context in a tropical countryside. Ecological Applications 17:418–430.
Brosi, B.J., G.C. Daily, and F. Davis. 2006. The conservation value of agricultural and urban landscapes. In: The Endangered Species Act at Thirty: Conserving Biodiversity in Human-Dominated Landscapes. J.M. Scott, D.D. Goble, F.W. Davis, and G. Heal, editors. Island Press, Washington, DC.