I am Amy Gilpin, a researcher looking into alternative pollination for when honey bee pollination collapses due to a worldwide disease outbreak. AMA.
Honey bees are dying all around the world, stricken by a deadly parasite called varroa. There is only a matter of time before we see massive colony collapses. Click here for more info.
I am an ecologist from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University in Australia with research interests in pollination ecology (how organisms such as animals pollinate), global change biology, behavioural ecology (how organisms behave with their surroundings), invasion ecology and agroecology (sustainable food production). I am particularly interested in both pure and applied ecology and employ a variety of techniques such as large-scale manipulative field experiments as well as manipulative glasshouse and growth cabinet experiments to study interactions between plant-pollinators and anthropogenic change (change caused and influenced by humans). I'm also heavily involved in a climate change initiative set up by the university called Earth IQ. AMA!
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