Kristen Manion

kristenmanion1's picture
Master's student
Chicago Botanic Garden & Northwestern University

kristenmanion2019 at u dot northwestern dot edu

Hello! My name is Kristen and I am a first year master's student interested in the effects of habitat fragmentation on native bee communities in the Tallgrass Prairie. Most of the remaining Tallgrass Prairie exists in small parcels of land along roadside and road verges or in remnant patches adjacent to agriculture. Bees are the most important pollinators in the prairie, and these patches can sometimes be located several thousand meters apart, farther than the foraging range of most bees. Broadly, I am interested in questions relating to native bee ecology and how we may be able to restore and maintain plant-pollinator interactions in highly threatened systems (like the prairie!). I was also a former REU intern at the Garden and am excited to have the opportunity to mentor a student myself (you can probably find me under "interns"). Outside of the lab I enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling. I am also passionate about diversity and inclusion, science communication and outreach, and mentorship.

Bees on roadsides: does habitat quality impact diversity? (2018)
Less than 1% of the tallgrass prairie remains, making questions regarding its conservation critically important. Much of the tallgrass prairie exists in small remnant patches along roadsides and surrounded by agricultural fields. Roadsides provide bees with floral resources and may provide nesting habitat, but may negatively impact bee health. We plan to assess the diversity and abundance of...