My name is Amanda Liczner, and I am a postdoctoral research fellow at two universities:
1) the BRAES (Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services) Institute at the University of British Columbia Okanagan
2) University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Sciences
At UBCO I am working with a large collaborative team writing a synthesis on future research directions for connectivity conservation
At the University of Guelph, I am looking at the impacts of environmental stressors on the movement of bumble bees using radio tracking..
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.