Oregon state university wild bee-forest management research


Funded by the FWHMF program, Oregon State University; Bureau of Land Management; Mealey/Boise Cascade/Boone and Crockett/Noble Endowment Fund from the College of Forestry, Oregon State University


Investigating how natural and anthropogenic disturbances influence bee populations in managed forest landscapes. We are using standard sampling methods to compare native bee abundance and diversity among burn severity/salvage logging  in a post-wildfire mixed-conifer forest. Additionally, comparing bee health, reproductive output, and pollination services among treatment types.

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NSF-IGERT: Interdisciplinary ecosystem services research in Costa Rica


Funded by NSF-IGERT, USAID Borlaug Foundation, ICRAF, and the University of Idaho


Worked in an interdisciplinary team to address the impact of conservation strategies on ecosystem services in Costa Rica. Specifically, asked: 1) How do native bee populations differ among common human-dominated land uses in the Nicoya Peninsula? 2) How has policy-driven land use change  impacted beekeepers in the Nicoya Peninsula? and 3) What ecosystem service trade-offs exist for stakeholders? 

Used standard sampling methods to compare native bee abundance and diversity among silvopasture, coffee agroforestry, and teak plantations in the Peninsula. Applied a mixed-methods approach to assess local ecological knowledge related to the impact of recent land use changes on beekeeping. 

Related Publications: 

Galbraith, S.M., Vierling, L.A., & Bosque-Perez, N.A. 2015. Remote sensing and ecosystem services: Current status and future opportunities for the study of bees and pollination-related services. Current Forestry Reports 1: 261. 


Abelleira Martínez, O.J., Fremier, A.K., Günter, S., Ramos Bendaña, Z., Vierling, L., Galbraith, S.M., Bosque‐Pérez, N.A. and Ordonez, J.C., 2016. Scaling up functional traits for ecosystem services with remote sensing: concepts and methods. Ecology and evolution, 6(13), 4359.


Pérez, N.A., Klos, P.Z., Force, J.E., Waits, L.P., Cleary, K., Rhoades, P., Galbraith, S.M., Brymer, A.L.B., O’Rourke, M., Eigenbrode, S.D. and Finegan, B., 2016. A pedagogical model for team-based, problem-focused interdisciplinary doctoral education. BioScience, 66 (6), 477.


Galbraith, S. M., Hall, T. E., Tavárez, H. S., Kooistra, C. M., Ordoñez, J. C., and Bosque-Pérez, N. A. 2017. Local ecological knowledge reveals effects of policy-driven land use and cover change on beekeepers in Costa Rica. Land Use Policy, 69, 112.