Habitat Management for Insect Conservation
Habitat loss, specifically the intensification of agricultural practices, herbicide and pesticide use, and the simplification of our landscapes, has been implicated as one of the major causes of insect biodiversity declines. To mitigate insect losses, habitat restoration and insect-friendly land management is needed. We study how management of both farmland and natural areas can potentially support threatened populations. Projects investigate the effects of prairie restoration and management on bumble bees, how different grazing practices affect butterfly communities, and whether flowering cover crops can provide early-season resources to wild pollinators.
Pastures as Potential Pollinator Habitat
Graduate student Skye Bruce studies the effects of grazing on butterfly communities. Check out this blog post Skye wrote for ...