I am a recent graduate from the University of Arizona where I received a Masters degree in Entomology. My research focused on the conservation of native bees in the Sonoran Desert and how habitat fragmentation is affecting their populations. I have been studying native bees and their behavior for the past eight years. Currently I am focusing on their population status and how they will be affected by increased urbanization and habitat destruction. Bees are the largest and considered to be the most important group of pollinators. Approximately 85% of all flowering plants require pollination for successful reproduction and bees are responsible for a majority of that pollination. It is also estimated that 75% of global crops benefit from bee pollination, which represents 35% of the human diet. So as you can see, these creatures are very important for our livelihood. Because of this, I find it very important to inform the public about their importance.
In my spare time, I like to go out and photograph insects in nature (mainly bees). Insect photography has helped me show people the beauty and diversity of many kinds of bees. I also like spending time with my friend Goodbear who has become a great bee lover.
If you need to contact me for any information, questions or advice, just send me an e-mail and I will be happy to help: adhowell01(at)gmail.com