:: 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
- 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!
- 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!
- We are part of CIBER, the newly created Center for Integrative Bee Research, here at UCR. Check out the website for more info.