:: Rafferty Lab ::
community ecology of plants and pollinators in a changing climate
Welcome to the Rafferty Lab in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the University of California-Riverside. Research in the lab spans the fields of community ecology, population biology, and global change.
We use experimental manipulations, long-term and historical data, and observations of natural variation to investigate the effects of climate change-induced temporal and spatial shifts on species interactions. In particular, we study how shifts in phenology and distribution affect plants, pollinators, and their interactions.
one of our study sites in the Colorado Rockies
- Huan Liang, a Ph.D. student at the Kunming Institute of Botany in China, will visit the lab for a year starting in September. Huan studies bumble bees and pollination of Pedicularis. We are happy to have her join us!
- The lab is growing! We're looking forward to the arrival of three new graduate students this fall: Chris Cosma, Elijah Hall, and Annika Rose-Person. We also recently welcomed our youngest addition to the lab: Marigold Nabity, born March 8th!
- We are part of CIBER, the newly created Center for Integrative Bee Research, here at UCR. Check out the website for more info.
- Andrea was awarded a graduate scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab. Congratulations, Andrea!
- Warm welcome to Lindsey Agnew, who joins the lab as a Junior Specialist with expertise in plant ecology and will be helping with all of our projects.