NCEAS Project 2231

NSF Pollinator Decline Workshop (Hosted by NCEAS)

  • James H. Cane

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Workshop8th—10th October 1999Participant List  

Workshop to Explore Causes and Extent of Declines Among Native Invertebrate Pollinators: Detection, Evidence and Consequences Insects, particularly native bees, are the predominant and essential pollinators of many wild and agricultural plants in North America. For many flowering plants, they move pollen between plants while foraging, thereby contributing to: 1) fruit set and size, 2) seed production and viability, and 3) seedling vigor, while 4) enhancing genetic diversity of plant populations. Is this essential ecosystem service in jeopardy? It could be if human activities are causing widespread declines in pollinator abundance, or accelerated rates of extinction. Declining abundance would soon translate into less frequent flower visitation and abrupt or gradual diminution of seed and fruit production. Depauperate pollinator faunas offer less redundancy to buffer fruit and seed set against the inevitable and sometimes chaotic population swings of individual pollinator species, with repercussions for animal species and humans dependent on regular production of those plants and their seeds/fruits for food. This 3-day workshop will have two objectives. First, we will summarize the credible evidence for long-term human influences on native pollinating insects and the fruits of their pollination services at local and global scales. Second, we will evaluate the promise and practicality of strategies for filling gaps in that knowledge through studies employing 1) extant or readily obtained data sets (short-term research) and 2) long-term monitoring of inadvertent or purposeful experiments.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Cane, James H.; Tepedino, Vince. 2001. Causes and extent of declines among native North American invertebrate pollinators: Detection, evidence, and consequences. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 1. (Online version)
Journal Article Cane, James H. 2001. Habitat fragmentation and native bees: A premature verdict?. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 3.
Journal Article Kearns, Carol. 2001. North American dipteran pollinators: Assessing their value and conservation status. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 5.
Journal Article Kearns, Carol. 2002. Flies and flowers, an enduring partnership. Wings. Vol: Fall.
Journal Article Kearns, Carol. In press. Solicited book review: Conserving Migratory Pollinators (ed. G. Nabhan). Quarterly Review of Biology.
Journal Article Kerr, Jeremy T. 2001. Butterfly species richness patterns in Canada: Energy, heterogeneity, and the potential consequences of climate change. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 10.
Journal Article Kevan, Peter; Phillips, T. P. 2001. The economic impacts of pollinator declines: An approach to assessing the consequences. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 8.
Journal Article Marlin, J. C.; LaBerge, W. E. 2001. The native bee fauna of Carlinville, Illinois, revisited after 75 years: A case for persistence. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 9.
Journal Article Packer, Laurence; Owen, R. D. 2001. Population genetic aspects of pollinator decline. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 4.
Journal Article Roubik, David W. 2001. Ups and downs in pollinator populations: When is there a decline?. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 2.
Journal Article Thomson, James. 2001. Using pollination deficits to infer pollinator declines: Can theory guide us?. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 6.
Journal Article Williams, Neal M.; Minckley, Robert; Silveira, F. 2001. Variation in native bee faunas and its implications for detecting community changes. Conservation Ecology. Vol: 5(1). Pages 7.