My PhD research focused on at-risk bumble bee species’ habitat with the native pollinator research lab (supervised by Dr. Sheila Colla). Check out some of this work! This work is very important for bumble bee conservation.

Currently, some bumble bee species are in decline. Bumble bees are in decline because of habitat loss, pathogen spill-over and climate change.

The habitat requirements for bumble bees are not well understood. So, my research aimed to address this important research gap!

Bombus fervidus the yellow bumble bee is a native at-risk bumble bee species foraging on cow vetch
Bombus fervidus (Vulnerable) feeding on cow vetch

I used a variety of methods to determine bumble bee habitat. These included literature reviews, local-scale surveys, landscape-scale models, and detection dogs. I also mapped bumble bee conservation priority areas across Canada.

Amanda Liczner PhD researcher conducting field work surveying for bumble bees during bumble bee habitat research
surveying for bumble bees