Ben Dolan, Ph.D., Abby Levitt, Ph.D.
On the University of Findlay's main campus lives numerous Pyrus calleryana, or a Callery pear trees. This species blooms before many of the other trees on campus, producing beautiful white flowers, but it could be having an impact on our native pollinator communities. Working with professor Abby Levitt, Ph.D., whose research interest relates to viruses in arthropods, this research seeks to determine whether native pollinators, including bees, make use of Callery pear differently from other plants with similar blooming characteristics. This research could help identify solutions for improving success of bees in our region.