Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Biological Sciences

Content Description

1 online resource (xv, 122 pages) : illustrations (some color), color map

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

George Robinson

Committee Members

Conrad Vispo, Claudia Knab-Vispo


Butterflies, Insect pollinators, Pollinators, Pollination by insects, Flowers, Insect-plant relationships

Subject Categories

Biology | Environmental Sciences


Populations of insect pollinators have been declining precipitously across the Northern Hemisphere, due to disease, insecticide application, and habitat degradation and loss. As a result, crop pollination services are at risk, and the ecological insurance provided by biodiversity is in jeopardy. Regional efforts to combat the decline of pollinator diversity and abundance include the New York State Pollinator Protection Plan to assess regional pollinator health, strategies to enhance wild pollinator habitat, as well as on-farm habitat enhancement strategies to augment pollinator populations in and around crops. One such habitat enhancement strategy involves improving native floral resource availability, which is often positively correlated with pollinator abundance and diversity.