Bumble bee risks and rewards in
British Columbia farmlands

Project Outline

DescriptionEvaluating foraging distances, dispersal, pesticide exposure, and diet composition of bumble bees to assess the impacts of landscape-scale diversification or simplification.

Project background: Starting in 2020, Jenna Melanson has been conducting bumble bee surveys in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. This project is incorporating genotyping, pollen meta-barcoding, mass spectrometry and landscape classification techniques. 

Principle Collaborators: Prof Juli Carillo (UBC)

Undergraduate Assistants: Oliver Hong, Hazel Barthel, & Elinor Sisk

Funding Partners: NSERC Alliance, Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarships

Land Acknowledgment:  This research takes place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. 


Research Themes

WoRCS Lab Members

Jenna Melanson

Tyler Kelly

Dr. Claire Kremen

Field Season 2022 Fraser Valley BC, Canada