:: 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
- Nicole will give talks at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, and at the University of California, Irvine, in November.
- 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!
- This 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.
- Andrea was awarded a graduate scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab. Congratulations, Andrea!