Kristal Watrous
Assistant Specialist
Research / Technician
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA USA

Areas of Expertise:
Bee biology, pollination biology

Research Organisms:
Bumble bees (Bombus sp.), Apoidea


Research Focus:

I am working at the interface of pollination biology and molecular research. I study the behavior and biology of solitary and social bees native to North America, and how nutritional availability and diversity affects their physiology, gene expression, and measures of survival. I am working on laboratory rearing techniques for bumble bee species in order to bring ecological and natural history questions into the lab for experimental manipulation.