What’s the Buzz: Native Pollinators of San Diego
June 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 amFree
This talk is open to the public.
Speaker: Annika Nabors
Synopsis: Living in the (landscape) Matrix: plant-pollinator relationships in southern California: As development intensifies in southern California, native habitats grow increasingly scarce and fragmented, and non-native cultivated plants become big business. Insect pollinators provide crucial ecosystem services to many species of plants, yet their distribution, behavior, and impact are notably under-studied. I discuss several past and current projects that examine connections between native and non-native plants and their insect pollinators, and how human activities affect these relationships.
About the speaker: Annika Nabors has studied plant-pollinator relationships in both wild and cultivated landscapes, insect taxonomy and ecology, and landscape-level diversity associated with chaparral and endangered coastal sage scrub. She received her master’s in biology from UC San Diego. Formerly a field entomologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum, she now works as a research assistant at UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.