Conserving Wild Bees and Other Pollinators of Costa Rica
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Conserving Wild Bees and Other Pollinators of Costa Rica

Bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators provide services that are critical to our future food security and the ecological health of the planet.


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Why the research is important

Why the research is important

Results from this project could help to establish guidelines for a national pollinator protection policy.

Results from this project could help to establish guidelines for a national pollinator protection policy.

Dependence on pollinators is even more important in the tropics than in the rest of the world, as nearly all tree species in the tropics are pollinated by the diverse species of bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, among other pollinators. But it is unclear what would happen if pollinator communities were to be removed entirely – would enough pollen reach the stigma of plants through wind alone to produce fruit? If not, what is the impact on humans and wildlife that depend on these food resources?

In San Luis de Monteverde, you will examine how pollinator species and the services they provide will be affected by a changing climate, in part by assessing their populations at different elevations. In Puerto Jimenez, you will study how forest cover can influence pollinators. For example, will the planting of agroforests in areas that have been degraded help bee populations to recover over time? What impact do these forests have on pollination and ultimately on agriculture in the region?

A researcher records observations in the field.

A researcher records observations in the field.

The findings from this project, combined with other research on pollinators in the region, could help Costa Rica to become the first country in Central America to institute a national policy to protect pollinators.

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San Luis de Monteverde and/or Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica, Central America & The Caribbean

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Valerie
Peters
Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University.

ABOUT Valerie Peters

Dr. Valerie Peters is working in tropical forests and coastal communities in Costa Rica to study the impact of pollinators and the services they provide to help protect them from the effects of climate change and habitat loss.

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