Bees represent a critical component of almost all terrestrial ecosystems due to their role in the pollination of many flowering plants. This relationship also makes them an important part of food production.
Bees are incredibly diverse, not only in terms of species number but also in their biology. They exhibit the full spectrum of social behaviour from highly eusocial to solitary with all variations in-between. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, and persist where ever they might find flowering plants.
Their importance in ecosystems and the diversity exhibited therefore makes the group ideal for addressing questions associated with biodiversity, food security, and evolution. My research looks at the interplay of environment, behaviour, and genes to answer such questions.
This currently involves three broad areas: