Brosi Lab

Understanding the causes and implications of native and managed bee declines.

Berry Brosi

Assistant ProfessorIMG_7214berry

Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University


Ph.D., Stanford University

M.Sc., Yale University

B.A., Wesleyan University

Research Interests

Bee declines are of enormous societal relevance given the central role of bees as pollinators in both natural ecosystems as well as the human agricultural enterprise.  The goal of my research program is to understand the causes and implications of bee declines, for both native bees as well as managed honey bees.

Our work addresses topics such as the effects of land-use change on bee communities; the impacts of bee species losses on plant pollination in diverse natural communities; the conservation and landscape genetics of bees; and understanding and managing disease threats in bees.  We use a range of scientific approaches including comparative and manipulative field studies, controlled laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, population genetics, stable isotope studies, and GIS and remote sensing.

Our research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture.

Selected Publications

Brosi BJ, Briggs HM (2013) Single pollinator species losses reduce floral fidelity and plant reproductive functionPNAS 110(32): 13044-13048.

Brosi BJ, Biber, EGN (2012) Citizen Involvement in the US Endangered Species ActScience 37(6096): 802-803.

Brosi BJ (2009) The effects of forest fragmentation on euglossine bee communities (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini)Biological Conservation 142: 414-423.

Brosi BJ, Daily GC, Shih TM, Oviedo F, Durán G (2008) The effects of forest fragmentation on bee communities in tropical countrysideJournal of Applied Ecology 45(3): 773-783.