Colorado State University, Ecology, PhD
University of Montana, Wildlife Biology, BS
Areas of Interest
Our lab group is focused on the ecology, conservation, and restoration of native, wild bee communities and the pollination services they provide. We currently have three main research areas. First, how do we most effectively restore and manage habitat for native bees and pollination? Second, how can we best monitor native bees? Finally, we have a robust natural history component to our work. There is so little known about the native bees, leading to an incredible opportunity to uncover taxonomy, basic biology and ecology of these important insects. Our research hopes to inform and thus relies upon collaborations with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, farmers, and local communities.
ESPM 2866: Pollinator Conservation: From Biodiversity to Food Production (Spring Online)
Flowers are strikingly beautiful as their main purpose is to attract an animal that will transfer pollen and produce seeds. In fact, nearly 300,000 species of plants rely on these animal pollinators. Pollinators include a diverse suite of organisms including insects, mammals, birds, and even lizards. One of the most important groups of pollinators, the bees, contain over 20,000 species. Through a mix of readings, active learning activities and lectures, this course will allow students to learn about the biology, conservation, and importance of pollinators. The first portion of the class will focus on the fascinating biology of pollination and pollinators, including mutualisms, trickery and other complex species interactions. Students will explore the evolutionary biology of plant-pollinator interactions and how the millions of years of interactions between plants and pollinators have led to diverse array of colors, smells and floral forms we see today. The second section of the course will explore actions of pollinators in terms of honey production, crop pollination, economics and cultural appreciation. Students will explore how pollinators contribute to human society and how the actions of humans’ impact pollinator populations. Both sections will be viewed through a lens of pollinator conservation and environmental policy. Here students will be expected to ability to locate and evaluate scientific information and think critically how science does and does not affect environmental policy.
ENT 5927 (ENT 5927): Data Management for Biologists (Fall In-Person)
This course is focused on providing hands-on experience in organizing, managing, curating, and accessing data. It is conceived as a topic-driven weekly seminar (12 sessions at ~2h each), combining small amounts of lecture with problem solving and hands-on exercises. Students will be working with R, MySQL, SQLite, and OpenRefine. The course is taught for the requisite number of hours (1400) for a 2-credit course. The longer course sessions allow for short lectures followed by hands-on activities. Students will encounter the data life cycle from generation to preservation. Students will be expected to complete assignments using their own data or other available datasets.
(* = Cariveau Lab Member)
Woodard, S. H., Federman, S., James, R.R., Danforth, B.N., Griswold, T.L., Inouye, D.,..., Cariveau, D. P., ...W. Wehling. Toward a U.S. national program from monitoring native bees. Biological Conservation [Accepted]
Lane, I. G.*, Herron-Sweet, C. R. *, Portman, Z. M. *, & Cariveau, D. P. (2020). Floral resource diversity drives bee community diversity in prairie restorations along an agricultural landscape gradient. Journal of Applied Ecology. 57(10): 2010-2018. doi: 10.1111/1365- 2664.13694
Cariveau, D. P., Bruninga-Socolar, B.*, & Pardee, G. * (2020). A review of the challenges and opportunities for restoring animal-mediated pollination of native plants. Emerging Topics in the Life Sciences. 4(1): 99–109. doi.org/10.1042/ETLS20190073 [Invited Review]
Portman, Z. M. *, Bruninga-Socolar, B. *, & Cariveau, D. P. (2020). The state of bee monitoring in the United States: A call to refocus away from bowl traps and towards more effective methods. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. doi:10.1093/aesa/saaa010
Ritchie, A. D.*, Lane, I. G.*, & Cariveau, D. P. (2020). Pollination of a bee-dependent forb in restored prairie: no evidence of pollen limitation in landscapes dominated by row crop agriculture. Restoration Ecology. doi: 10.1111/rec.13157
Evans, E.*, Smart, M., Cariveau, D. P., & Spivak, M. (2018). Wild, native bees and managed honey bees benefit from similar agricultural land uses. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 268, 162-170. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2018.09.014
Bartomeus, I., Cariveau, D. P., Harrison, T., & Winfree, R. (2018). On the inconsistency of pollinator species traits for predicting either response to land-use change or functional contribution. Oikos, 127(2), 306-315. doi: 10.1111/oik.04507
Cariveau, D. P., Nayak, G. K., Bartomeus, I., Zientek#, J., Ascher, J. S., Gibbs, J., & Winfree, R. (2016). The allometry of bee proboscis length and its uses in ecology. PLoS ONE, 11(3). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151482
Cariveau, D. P., & Winfree, R. (2015). Causes of variation in wild bee responses to anthropogenic drivers. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 10, 104-109. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2015.05.004
Cariveau, D. P., Elijah Powell, J., Koch, H., Winfree, R., & Moran, N. A. (2014). Variation in gut microbial communities and its association with pathogen infection in wild bumble bees (Bombus). ISME Journal, 8(12), 2369-2379. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.68
Cariveau, D. P., Williams, N. M., Benjamin, F. E., & Winfree, R. (2013). Response diversity to land use occurs but does not consistently stabilise ecosystem services provided by native pollinators. Ecology Letters, 16(7), 903-911. doi: 10.1111/ele.12126
Williams, N. M., Cariveau, D. P., Winfree, R., & Kremen, C. (2011). Bees in disturbed habitats use, but do not prefer, alien plants. Basic and Applied Ecology, 12(4), 332-341. doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2010.11.008
Winfree, R., Bartomeus, I., & Cariveau, D. P. (2011). Native pollinators in anthropogenic habitats. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 42, 1-22. doi:10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-102710-145042
Cariveau, D. P., & Norton, A. P. (2009). Spatially contingent interactions between an exotic and native plant mediated through flower visitors. Oikos, 118(1), 107-114. doi:10.1111/j.1600- 0706.2008.16705.x
Michelle Boone, Ph.D.
Julia Brokaw, Ph.D.
Aaron Irber, M.S.
Ian Lane, Ph.D.
Alan Ritchie, 2020