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Lab Members

Neal Williams – PI
Pollination biology, bee ecology evolution and behavior, agroecology
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Postdoctoral Researchers

Lucia Weinman
Developing methods to visually monitor bees


Graduate Students

Elizabeth Reyes-Gallegos
Community ecology, functional traits, plant-pollinator interaction networks
Sylvie Finn
Bee ecology, bumble bees, phenology, life history evolution, conservation

Abigail Lehner
Landscape ecology, pollinator conservation, mason bees, global change

Undergraduate Researchers

Sarah Caso (Environmental Science and History, UC Berkeley 2024)




Mingxin Samuel (Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, UC Davis 2025)




Sol Wantz (Entomology, UC Davis 2025)





Red Chang (Plant Biology, UC Davis 2026)





Zhitao Jiang (Biological Sciences, UC Davis 2025)




Akshara Reddy (Environmental Policy, Analysis, and Planning and Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, UC Davis 2026)




Megan Gilliam (Environmental Science and Management, UC Davis 2026)






Past Members

Lab Manager

Kimiora Ward, Plant Ecology Program Manager, NPS Yosemite

Postdoctoral Scholars

Claire Brittain, Environmental Safety group, Syngenta
Jessica Forrest, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa
Jochen Fründ, Professor, University of Hamburg
Sandra Gillespie, Associate Professor, University of the Fraser Valley
Ola Lundin, Researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala
Rosemary Malfi
, Pesticide Program Specialist, Xerces Society
Maj Rundlof, Researcher, Lund University
Tina Harrison, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Louisiana
Charlie Nicholson, Postdoctoral Scholar, Lund University
Uta Müller, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Minnesota
Jeremy Hemberger, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Clara Stuligross, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Riverside

Graduate Students

Nick Rosenberger, (PhD) 2024, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Freiburg
Clara Stuligross
, (PhD) 2022, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Riverside. Clara's website
Maureen Page
, (PhD) 2022, Postdoctoral Scholar, Cornell University. Maureen's website
Ross Brennan
, (PhD) 2022, Director, UC Davis Quail Ridge Reserve
John Mola
, (PhD) 2019, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University. John's website
Jennifer VanWyk
, (PhD) 2018, Postdoctoral Scholar, UMass Amherst
Leslie Saul-Gershenz, (PhD) 2017, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis
Rei Scampavia, (PhD) 2017, Consulting in the San Francisco Bay Area
Katharina Ullmann, (PhD) 2014, Director of UC Davis Student Farm
Ryder Diaz, (MS) 2012
Felix Klaus, (Fulbright Scholar) 2014, Current PhD student in Teja Tschartnke’s group at Georg-August-University Göttingen
Arvid Lindh, (MS supervised through Lund University) 2017, Current PhD student at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Visiting Researchers

Valerie Fournier, Université Laval, Canada
Annie Ouin,
Université de Toulouse, France
Youhong Peng,
Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Aleksandra Splitt
, National Institute of Horticultural Research, Poland

Junior Specialists and Lab Assistants

Grace Milburn, Lab Technician, Danforth Plant Science Center
Kitty Bolte
, Xerces Society Pollinator Habitat Specialist
Kate Borchardt, pursuing PhD at Iowa State University
Anna Britzman, US Forest Service Botany Technician
Andrew Buderi, pursuing PhD at University of Louisiana Lafayette
Staci Cibotti, Pesticide Program Specialist, Xerces Society
Mike Epperly, US Forest Service Consulting Utility Forester
Colin Fagan, Sacramento Tree Foundation
Nate Pope, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Entomology at Penn State University
Logan Rowe, Conservation Associate, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
Heather Spaulding, Field Safety Professional, UC Davis Environmental Health & Safety


Serra Perry (2021)
Li Wang (2021) Imperial College, UK
Gigi Melone (2020) University of Wisconsin
Anna Britzmann (2019) USFS Oregon
Kate Borchardt (2018) Iowa State University
Beth Beyer (2017) CDFW
Jessica Drost (2017)
Sonja Glasser (2015) UMass Amherst
Mira Parekh (2013)
Alexi Haack (2013)
Sarah Bolm (2012)

Emily McGlynn (Bryn Mawr College 2009) – Native bee benefits for agriculture in the Mid-Atlantic
Kristen Jenkins (Bryn Mawr College 2009) – Functional Compensation and biodiversity loss
Sarah Allard (Haverford College 2009) – Functional Compensation and biodiversity loss
Cecily Moyer (Haverford College 2009) – The role of floral morphology and reward in structuring pollinator plant networks
Rosemary Malfi (Bryn Mawr College 2007) – The effect of urban development on Bombus communities in the Delaware Valley, PA
Daniela Miteva (Bryn Mawr College 2007) – Pollinator communities and pollination in eastern old fields, Pollinator and pollen deposition webs in restored meadows
Amanda Rahi (Bryn Mawr College 2007) – The contributions of specialist and generalist bees to reproductive success of desert mallow