:: 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
- Andrea, Annika, and Elijah are off doing fieldwork this summer at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab, the Niwot Ridge LTER site, and the White Mountain Research Center.
- Chris was awarded a Mayhew Award to support his work on nocturnal pollination networks in the Boyd Deep Canyon Natural Reserve!
- Congrats to Stephanie, who graduated this spring! We were lucky to have her in the lab and wish her all the best.
- Andrea received an Outstanding TA Award in recognition of her work teaching non-majors biology labs!
- Both Elijah and Chris received Graduate Student Research Awards from the UCR EDGE Institute.
- Andrea received the Langenheim Award from the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab to support her research on plant and soil microbe phenology. Congrats!
- Elijah was awarded a Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant from the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and a grant from the White Mountain Research Center to support his fieldwork this summer!
- We are part of CIBER, the newly created Center for Integrative Bee Research, here at UCR. Check out the website for more info.