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USGS Pollinator Science

USGS scientists in the field conducting pollinator research.

USGS Pollinator Science

USGS Science & Research Center



Core Science Analytics, Synthesis & Libraries Program


Dr. Gerald Guala


Dr. Kevin Gergely

Biodiversity Information Serving our Nation (BISON): More than 260 million plant and animal species occurrence records including pollinators (e.g. bees and wasps (Apoidea), nectivorous bats such as the lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae) and Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris mexicana); white-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica), hummingbirds (Trochilidae) and Hawaiian honeycreepers (Fringillidae); and monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) and comprehensive county level coverage for all animal pollinated plants and pollinator host plants e.g. milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) in the US and U.S. Territories.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS): the Federal standard for species scientific names and taxonomic hierarchy including bees (World Bee checklist), butterflies and moths, birds (e.g. hummingbirds, honeyeaters, honeycreepers), bats, other pollinating animal species, and pollinated plants.

USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP): Keeping common species common through land cover mapping and species distribution modeling. Maintaining and providing access to vertebrate pollinator species range maps and distribution models; related land cover data (vegetation and land use); and the Protected Areas Database (PAD-US).

Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Sue Haig

Assessment of Population Genetic Structure and Management Considerations for Threatened and Endangered Butterflies

Fort Collins Science Center


Mark Vandever

Bat monitoring research:

Paul Cryan

Laura Ellison
Ernie Valdez

Habitat modeling:

Catherine Jarnevich

Tom Stohlgren

Tracy Holcombe

Assessment of Pesticide Exposure to Native Bees Found in Agricultural Landscapes (M. Vandever)

Assessment of Native Pollinator Habitat and Diversity in Agricultural Ecosystems (M. Vandever)

Assessing the Value of Conservation Practices in Agricultural Landscapes
(M. Vandever)

Movement studies of endangered long-nosed bats in the Desert Southwest (P.Cryan)

The North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) (L. Ellison and P. Cryan)

Developing Ecological Forecasting Models (Catherine Jarnevich)

Flying by night: USGS scientists put technology to work on bats (P. Cryan and L. Ellison)

Great Lakes Science Center

Ralph Grundel

Effectiveness of Bowl Trapping and Netting for Inventory of a Bee Community

Floral and nesting resources, habitat structure, and fire influence

A Survey of Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of the Indiana Dunes and Northwest Indiana, USA

Beginning in the early 1990's, Dr. Ralph Grundel carried out extensive research in the Indiana Dunes on the habitat use patterns of adult Karner blue butterflies.

National Wetlands Research Center

Larry Allain

Jill Jenkins

Baseline monitoring of indicator species (butterflies) at tallgrass prairie restorations (Allain)

Male Gamete Quality for Reproductive Assessment and Genetic Improvement (Jenkins)

Systemic Fipronil, Thiamethoxam, and Clothianidin Effects on Cell Quality and Function in Amphibians, Crayfish, and Honeybees (Jenkins)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Tabitha Graves

Modeling pollinator communities for huckleberries in response to climate change near Glacier National Park, MT; in collaboration with Montana State University.

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Diane Larson
Clint Otto

David Mushet

Pollination webs to guide management of rare and invasive species in a changing climate

Use of the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) model to evaluate native and managed bee habitat

Understanding the linkage between floral resources and honey bee health and productivity on US Department of Agriculture conservation lands: A prairie pilot

An assessment of the native invertebrate pollinator community and the plants they use in native prairie and restored grasslands of the Conservation Reserve Program in eastern North Dakota

Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

Paul Banko
David Foote
Robert Peck

Invasive species management restores a plant– pollinator mutualism in Hawaii

Competitive impacts of an invasive nectar thief on plant-pollinator mutualisms

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Sam Droege

USGS Native Bee & Inventory Monitoring Program

Southeast Ecological Science Center

Tim Bargar

Estimating mosquito control pesticide risk to butterflies in the Florida Keys.


Kathy Kuivila

Pesticide National Synthesis Project:a national-scale assessment of the occurrence and behavior of pesticides in streams and groundwater of the United States.

Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center

Darius Semmens

Jay Diffendorfer

Wayne Thogmartin

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Science Partnership, hosted by the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis.

Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center

Alisa Gallant

Modeling/monitoring land-change effects on honey bee landscape suitability in the Northern Plains; in collaboration with USGS-Jamestown.

USA National Phenology Network

Jake Weltzin

Standardized output of phenology information on pollinators and pollinator plants including: data visualizations and maps, freely available customized data downloads, synthetic data products (e.g., onset, duration and peak of activity; site-based species richness and abundance for animals), and modeled data products (e.g., gridded indices, regional and and national indicators linked to climatology).

USGS Rocky Mountain Center for Conservation Genetics and Systematics

Sara J. Oyler-McCance

This study will use DNA analysis of tail feathers to determine whether groups of broad-tailed hummingbirds observed migrating together are family groups.

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