God Save the Queens: Assessing bumble bee conservation from a life cycle perspective.Dorian, Nicholas.
Bumble bee populations are in decline, despite efforts to provide abundant floral resources. A lack of knowledge about population dynamics at the colony level, specifically the dynamics of overwinter survival and colony establishment by queens, may mean that conservation efforts are misguided. I explore these two early life stages in an experimental and theoretical framework. My first chapter asks... read more