Josh Klostermann

Graduate Student, Department of Biological Sciences

The goal of my research is to gain an understanding of regional and local bee and wasp faunas and how natural and artificial disturbance of the ecosystems they live within affects their community composition through the creation of nesting habitat. Bees and their wasp kin are not only dependent on and limited by the availability of food sources (like nectar and prey, respectively) but also by all sorts of different types of nesting substrates. I hope to understand how disturbance events like a bison wallowing, a tree falling, or bulldozers bulldozin’ can either create or destroy nesting habitat for this ecologically and economically important group of insects. With this understanding, I would like to work on restoring and connecting nesting habitats for pollinator communities to ensure the conservation of their diversity through time.

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