Javier Hernandez

 
 

In this photo we can observe an early spring bee from the genus Colletes visiting flowers of redbuds (Cercis canadensis).


Native bees are key players for the temperate ecosystems. In these ecosystems native bees are in charge of pollination of multiple species of small trees and herbaceous plants. However, due to habitat destruction and introduction of non-native pollinators these species are highly threatened. We do not have a clear understanding of these pollinators life cycle, habitat preferences or phenology. 


My research’s goal is to understand the effects of environment, particularly photoperiod, in the life cycle of native pollinators. I am exploring the endogenous characteristics of the biological clock of native pollinators using experimental, behavioral and molecular methods.

 

Portraits Of Research 2009