Current Research

My PhD research is focused on bumble bee conservation by describing at-risk bumble bee species’ habitat. I am a member of the native pollinator research lab (supervised by Dr. Sheila Colla) – check out some of our lab’s work!

Currently, some bumble bee species are in decline – the reasons for their decline are: habitat loss, pathogen spill-over and climate change.

Although habitat loss is one of the suggested threats resulting in bumble bee declines, the specific habitat requirements for bumble bees are not well understood. So my research is aiming to address this important research gap to help bumble bee conservation.

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

To determine the habitat for at-risk bumble bee species I am using a variety of methods including literature reviews, local-scale surveys, landscape-scale models, and detection dogs (see #Quest4BeeNests for more info!).

I am looking for volunteers to help submit any bumble bee nest sightings from North America! Submit videos or photos of bumble bee nests here!

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