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ClaireClaire Brittain is an ecologist in the Williams lab at UC Davis. She is interested in understanding how disturbance affects pollinator communities and their pollination of crops. Her research includes how bees are affected by changes in landscape composition and environmental chemicals, and whether some types of bees are more sensitive to disturbance than others. Previously, Claire was based in Germany, in the Ecosystem Functions group of Alexandra-Maria Klein and did her PhD with Simon Potts in the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research at the University of Reading, U.K. You can find more information about her research here.

Jessica Forrest is an jess_2013a_squareAssistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Ottawa, in Canada. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental change, especially climate change, on plant-pollinator interactions. She has worked on pollinators and pollination in subalpine meadows of the Colorado Rockies, on farms in the Central Valley of California, and in natural areas around Ottawa. She is interested in how native solitary bees cope with changing weather patterns and changes in the availability of flowers. Her lab website is here.

cropped-img_3548.jpgKatharina Ullmann is currently getting her PhD in Entomology at UC Davis. As a member of the Williams Lab she’s trying to understand how bees persist in agricultural landscapes. Mostly, she’s looking at the effect of within-field practices (e.g. tillage and crop rotations) on squash bees (Peponapis pruinosa). In the past she studied how pollinators use wildflowers and hedgerows with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the Kremen Lab. She loves learning about pollinators, but also loves farming.You can look at her C.V. to learn more about her past experiences.

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Kimiora Ward is a restoration ecologist in the Williams Lab at UC Davis.  She manages several projects researching the ability of wildflower plantings on farms to support both wild and managed pollinators.  Her background is in natural resource management and native plant conservation and she is interested in identifying which native plants give us the biggest bang for our buck in supporting a diversity of wild bees while being compatible with agricultural practices.  Kimiora is currently designing and monitoring plant mixtures tailored for conventional row crop farms and almond orchards in California’s Central Valley as well as agricultural landscapes in the Coast Ranges and northern Sierra foothills.

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