Wild and managed insects provide valuable services to crop production such as pollination and pest control. These beneficial organisms are affected by landscape structure and management. Several projects in our lab investigate the relationships between beneficial insects, the services they provide, and their environment. These include projects on spatio-temporal resource patterns for predatory lady beetles, effects of intensive production landscapes on honey bee colony health, and whether local floral resources can enhance pollination by wild bees on fruit and vegetable farms. By understanding the ecology of these interactions, we hope to make science-based management recommendations to support both biodiversity and crop production.
Landscape Ecology of Insects