Bee diversity and abundance along an elevational gradient in Northern Arizona

R. Smith David, Jacob Higgins, Jacob Burton, Neil S Cobb

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6 Scopus citations


There is increasing evidence that native pollinators are declining, which has prompted a greater need to understand the potential impacts of climate change on bee communities. Elevation gradients are natural laboratories for the study of climate change because elevation zones can serve as proxies for climate zones. Thus, studying changes in species-tocommunity responses across an elevation gradient can help researchers predict species and community level responses to various potential climate change scenarios. The Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona provides a wide elevation gradient that covers numerous vegetation communities. These communitiesare predicted to experience increasing temperature and increased intensities of summer precipitation caused by climate change. Therefore it is critical to obtain current baseline information on bee species distribution and community composition to better predict future climate change impacts. The entiretyof species in these communities is currently unknown as are population dynamics for even the most common of species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Colorado Plateau VI
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Management at the Landscape Scale
PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9780816502356
ISBN (Print)9780816531592
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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