Bees + Flowers / GloBI Interactions
About the Project
We are experiencing a global loss of insects. Already, the loss of any one species can have dramatic cascading impacts on an ecosystem. With 35% of global crop production relying on plant-pollinators, the loss of multiple species of pollinators can have devastating effects on the world's food production.
This project utilizes the vast Global Biotic Interactions (GloBI) dataset to explore biodiversity. In particular, the project looks at the Apidae family of insects (honey bees, bumble bees, carpenter bees, etc.) and the plants they pollinate. Team members will build a network to discern more information about the importance of bees in our global ecosystem.
The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) fulfills the UC Santa Barbara mission of research, education, and public service through stewardship and restoration of campus lands, preservation and management of natural history collections, and through learning experiences and programs that offer unique opportunities for students of all ages.