KC Carter

Unido: 10.mar.2021 Última actividad: 05.jun.2023 iNaturalist

Currently I am the Pollinator Ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey's Population and Community Ecology Lab (https://pace.inhs.illinois.edu/). At the Survey, I am working to understand more about the current distribution and ecology of the pollinators of Illinois, with an emphasis on the Rusty-patched Bumblebee.

I graduated from Berea College with a BA in Biology in 2018 and from Eastern Kentucky University with a MS in Biological Sciences in 2022. At EKU, I studied the bumblebee diversity of eastern Kentucky while monitoring for the focal species of the federally endangered, Rusty-patched Bumblebee and threatened, Yellow Banded Bumblebee. Specifically, I used plant-pollinator networks, constructed from pollen-load DNA, to examine the comprehensive dietary niche of bumblebee communities in sites that have undergone a gradient of restoration interventions, and determine if restorative measures lend to high quality habitat for bumblebee communities by surveying sites in central and eastern Kentucky.

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