:: 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.
The lab group in November 2018
- Nicole was a speaker and panelist at the 2019 State of Biodiversity Symposium at the San Diego Natural History Museum in February.
- In January, we celebrated Lindsey Agnew's time in the lab as she moves on to new adventures.
- Elijah's paper on flowering phenology of Silene was published. Congratulations!
- Huan Liang, a Ph.D. student at the Kunming Institute of Botany in China, is visiting the lab for a year. We are happy to have her join us!
- Last fall, the lab welcomed three new graduate students: Chris Cosma, Elijah Hall, and Annika Rose-Person.
- We are part of CIBER, the newly created Center for Integrative Bee Research, here at UCR. Check out the website for more info.