Plant-pollinator Interaction Networks of Boston Harbor Islands
Department of Biology
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Delivered at 2008 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium.
Little is known about the effect of temporal and spatial dynamics on the topology and structure of pollination networks. The project seeks to investigate the pollination networks at mainland and island sites within Boston Harbor Islands. The research will produce a detailed pollination network, which will provide reliable estimates of the strength of specific pairwise interactions between flowering plants and pollinators. The main objectives will be to:
Did You Know?
Scientists have recently identified a beach-dwelling ground beetle at Boston Harbor Islands that has not been seen in North America for over 100 years. It is believed the beetle, Bembmidion nigropiceum, was brought to Boston from Europe in the 1800s via ship ballasts.