- Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
Pollinator ecologist Anthony Vaudo, a research entomologist with the U. S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Moscow, Idaho, will discuss "Pollen Nutritional Ecology of Bee-Flower Interactions" at a seminar hosted by the UC Department of Entomology and Nematology at 4:10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16 in 122 Briggs Hall.
The seminar also will be on Zoom. The link:
"Pollen provides bees their primary source of protein and lipid macronutrients, essential for development, fitness, and resistance to stress," Vaudo writes in his abstract. "Yet, pollen macronutrient quality differs substantially among host-plant species. And thus, bees may be sensitive to their nutritional needs and differentially forage among host plants to obtain appropriate nutrition. In this presentation, I will highlight my research that has linked bumble bee host plant foraging preferences to pollen nutritional quality and individual and colony health. Using this as a theoretical framework, I will present recent research where I show that floral pollen nutritional quality can help explain the structure and patterns of bee-wildflower community interactions among diverse populations; and how this research can inform conservation practices. Finally, I will discuss how the quality of pollen that bees collect may differ between and remain consistent within species populations and help explain their history of floral preferences."
Vaudo, who specializes in pollinator ecology and habitat restoration, joined the U.S. Forest Service in January 2023 after serving as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno for four years.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology (2003) from the University of Florida but then switched to entomology. He obtained his master of science degree in entomology from the University of Florida in 2010 and his doctorate in entomology from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. At Penn State, he was advised by Professors Christina Grozinger and John Tooke. Vaudo then served as a postdoctoral scholar at Penn State.
Vaudo was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral scholarship in January 2018, researching "bee-flower interaction networks across different biomes in South Africa."
Seminar coordinator is Brian Johnson, associate professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. For Zoom technical issues, he may be reached at email@example.com. The list of seminars is posted here.