Plant-pollinator interactions: from existing variation to the consequences of climate change.
Plant-pollinator interactions are ubiquitous and play an important role in ecosystem functioning across the globe. Critically, plants, pollinators, and their interactions face numerous threats in our changing world, including those related to climate change. To date, however, our understanding of the consequences of these threats to plant-pollinator interactions has been hampered because we lack knowledge of the basic ecology of many of these organisms, and how their ecology responds to changing abiotic and biotic conditions. In this seminar, we will first explore the ecological and physiological responses of pollinators to climate warming using a field experiment. Next, we will examine the within-season temporal dynamics of plant-pollinator interaction networks as a means of understanding both their structure and stability in response to change.