I am a community ecologist broadly interested in how anthropogenic disturbance affects plant-pollinator and plant-herbivore interactions. I use both observations and experiments in my research to address concepts and theories in community ecology. My experience includes insect (especially bee) identification, experience with GIS, and proficiency with sophisticated analytical techniques; skills that are critical for addressing plant and pollinator success in a world where human activities have had and will continue to have dramatic effects on the biodiversity and resilience of natural communities.

 

In addition to the conservation impetus, human dominated landscapes can also provide excellent and tractable study systems to develop and explore ecological and evolutionary hypotheses. My research focuses primarily on the effects of land-use on bee communities and in turn, plants that depend on bees for pollination. This is timely and pertinent, given worldwide concern over the status of both managed and wild pollinators and the pollination services they provide to wild plants and agricultural crops. Results from this line of research are broadly applicable to both the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainability of ecosystem services, and can provide scientifically sound context for the development of ecologically informed conservation and development planning.

 

 

Adrian L. Carper

 

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Ph.D. Candidate

   Dept. of Biological Sciences

   Dartmouth College

   78 College St.

   Hanover, NH 03755

   adrian.l.carper.gr@dartmouth.edu

            

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