Advised by: Dr. Jonathan B. Koch, United States Department of Agriculture and Joseph Wilson, Utah State University
“There is a critical need to examine floral resource availability across public lands to identify the most appropriate composition of bee pasture for commercial honeybees and wild bees.” — Jesse Tabor
Jesse is a graduate student at Utah State University pursuing his M.S. in Biology. He received his B.A. in Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. For his undergraduate thesis, he applied species distribution models to determine the effects of climate change on invasive bee distributions. Jesse’s research interests include biodiversity conservation, pollination ecology, biogeography and remote sensing. For his graduate thesis, Jesse will be using UAS technology to examine floral resource availability across public lands to identify the composition of bee pasture for managed honey bees and wild native bees. His research on floral resource availability aims to benefit beekeepers, conservationists, and land managers by providing a framework on how to manage apiaries on public lands.