- My current research involves monitoring and studying issues related to the conservation of pollinators. This work involved monitoring bumblebee populations for conservation purposes. This project had three main objectives. The first was to assess the conservation status of an entire guild of bumblebees by monitoring populations and collecting baseline abundance data. The second was to evaluate the role of genetic variation in bumblebee declines by using molecular techniques to compare declining species with stable species. The third was to take advantage of several opportunities presented by natural history: comparisons of fragments versus continuous distributions and narrow versus broad elevational ranges. Other recent research projects involved looking for differences in the composition of pollinator communities on organic versus conventional farms.