LeBuhn port“Understanding the Biology of the Solitary Bees of the Bay Area”

Guest Speaker: Gretchen LeBuhn

7:30 p.m. – Online Zoom Presentation
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Dr. LeBuhn will review recent work from her laboratory at San Francisco State University on the factors influencing solitary bee communities. Over the past couple years, she and her students have established a monitoring program in the Presidio and the North Bay. She will describe the initial results of that program, including work on the effects of the wildland urban interface and fire management plots on Mt. Tamalpais on bee populations. In addition, Dr. LeBuhn will discuss work on the impacts of fire and invasive species on bee communities.

Gretchen LeBuhn is a professor of Biology in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. She is the author of three books, including The Bee Friendly Garden, winner of the American Horticultural Society 2017 Book Award and over 50 peer-reviewed publications. She served as a lead author on the Pollination Assessment for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and a science advisor for Global Environmental Facility/United Nations Environmental Programme/Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations Project on the Conservation and Management of Pollinators for Sustainable Agriculture (2008-2015). She has served on numerous grant review panels for state, federal, and international granting agencies. She is currently the founder and director of the Great Sunflower Project, the largest community science program focused on pollinators in the world. Dr. LeBuhn has received ~30 external grants from federal, state, and local agencies and foundations since joining the faculty and provided research experiences for over 100 undergraduate and 30 graduate students at SFSU.


Great Sunflower Project

The Bee-Friendly Garden: Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity
Written by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn