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Kearns, Carol A Senior Instructor


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research overview

  • My most recent 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.


  • conservation of biodiversity, pollination, ecology, bumblebee, population genetics


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courses taught

  • EBIO 1220 General Biology 2 (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 2840 Independent Study: Lower Division (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 1210 General Biology 1 (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 2840 Independent Study: Lower Division (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 3930 Internship (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 4840 Independent Study: Upper Division (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 1220 General Biology 2 (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 1300 Topics in Biological Sciences (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 2840 Independent Study: Lower Division (Spring 2018)


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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