My name is Amanda Liczner, and I am a postdoctoral research fellow in landscape ecology at the BRAES (Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services) Institute at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.
I recently defended my PhD (September 2020)! The focus of my dissertation was characterizing the habitat for at-risk North American bumble bees.
My past PhD research is describing the habitat for at-risk bumble bees across North America.
To describe at-risk bumble bee habitat I have conducted a global literature review of the nesting and overwintering requirements for bumble bees.
Additionally, I have surveyed the habitat characteristics for two at-risk bumble bee species in southern Ontario. The two species are Bombus terricola (the yellow-banded bumble bee) and Bombus pensylvanicus (the American bumble bee). Both of these species are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
In the summer of 2019, with the help of a professional dog handler team, I used detection dogs to try and look for bumble bee nests. Some of my future work will be to identify conservation priority areas for bumble bee species across Canada.