Pau Hana Pū Kākou: Bee Biodiversity and Disease
with Michelle Fearon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Michigan
Friday, May 14, 2021
4–5 p.m. HST
Online Platform: Zoom
Bishop Museum Members: Free with online registration
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The dilution effect hypothesis suggests that increasing biodiversity reduces infectious disease transmission, an exciting win-win scenario for conservation and maintaining wildlife health. However, pollinator communities have been experiencing severe biodiversity losses and population declines, often as a result of habitat loss and increased spread of disease. Michelle will share how pollinator community diversity and habitat quality may both contribute to altering prevalence of three bee viruses infecting both honey bees and native bees through two different pathways. The findings show that habitat may be an important factor driving complex interactions between bee hosts and their pathogens, with important implications for future management of pollinator diversity and health.
Michelle Fearon studied biology at the University of California, Davis before pursuing a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, which she completed in May 2020. Her research focuses on how pollinator communities and their surrounding environment may impact the prevalence of three important bee viruses that contribute to recent declines in honey bees and native bees. Michelle is passionate about disease ecology research that can lead to healthier ecosystems, in addition to science communication and providing mentorship to aspiring researchers.
Photo credit: Michelle Fearon
The Pau Hana Seminar series is a bi-weekly live stream program by Bishop Museum researchers, collection managers, and community affiliates. These programs provoke engaging conversations on a wide range of topics related to culture and history in Hawai‘i and the Pacific.
Online Event Details:
- The program platform is Zoom, the free video conferencing software.
- A stable internet connection is required.
- The waiting room will open at 3:55 p.m. and the presentation begins at 4 p.m.
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