In partnership with the Door County Land Trust in Wisconsin, we are working on pollinator network studies at Ship Canal Nature Preserve. Pitcher’s thistle (Cirsium pitcheri), federally listed as threatened, is both a critical nectar source for migrating monarchs and supports a rich diversity of insect visitors that forage for both nectar and pollen. A 2016 pollination network study found that C.
No plant is an island. All plants interact with animals and fungi, and other plants, in diverse ways. Our research investigates two broad areas of interactions that are complex and important: the mutualistic relationships between plants and mycorrhizal fungi, and interactions between plants and their pollinators. An important question at the center of these studies is how is climate change influencing these essential interactions?