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Oliveras, Diana



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research overview

  • Dr. Oliveras’ research focused on bee pollinators. Bees are important pollinators of wild plants as well as economically important crops such as fruits, vegetables, alfalfa, clover, etc. Bee diversity has been declining at an alarming rate, and an understanding of bee species is essential for their conservation and management. Dr. Oliveras has extensive field work experience with bees and flies. In 2009, she published papers on a five-year study of pollinators in natural areas in Boulder County. In 2015, she presented research to the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee on pollinator conservation and agricultural practices in Boulder County Open Space. In 2017, she published research on a five-year monitoring study of bumblebees at three different elevations in Boulder County. In 2019, she volunteered as a science camp counselor for the Circle Program in New Hampshire. In June 2019, she presented a talk on bumblebees to a PEO group. In April 2019, she served as a panelist for the Earth Day Biodiversity presentation. In 2022-2023, she was an organizer on the Regenerative Agriculture session for the Conference on World Affairs. In 2023, she gave a guest talk on pollination at Global Village Academy (Aurora, CO), and she granted an interview on bee pollinators.


  • bumblebee, pollination, flowers, bumblebee diversity, bumblebee conservation, insect pollinators


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courses taught

  • EBIO 1040 - Biology: A Human Approach 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Lect. Continues EBIO 1030, focusing on the function of the human body, and maintenance of dynamic equilibrium in the internal environment in the face of a continually changing external environment. Discusses factors influencing these homeostatic conditions and how and why they change. Recommended for nonscience majors. Recommended prerequisite: EBIO 1030 (minimum grade C-).
  • EBIO 1210 - General Biology 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Lect. Provides a concentrated introduction to molecular, cellular, genetic, and evolutionary biology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts, and questions. Intended for science majors.
  • EBIO 1220 - General Biology 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides a concentrated introduction to organisms, homeostasis, development, behavior, and ecology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts,and questions. Intended for science majors. Recommended prerequisite: EBIO 1210 (minimum grade C-).
  • MCDB 1030 - Introduction to Molecular Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Introduces the foundation of molecular, cell, developmental and evolutionary biology in the context of human development and disease. Including how the immune system works to protect us from infections and technologies being developed towards the goal of better health around the world. For nonmajors.


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