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Alexandra Harmon-Threatt

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Contact Information

320 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor, Entomology

Research Description

Pollination Ecology, Conservation, and Restoration

Harmon-Threatt is a pollination ecologist with broad interests in understanding the patterns and processes that govern plant-pollinator interactions for conservation. Pollinators play a vital role in plant reproduction, food production and ecosystem stability but are believed to be declining globally. Her work focuses on identifying and understanding patterns in natural environments to help conserve and restore pollinator diversity. With a particular focus on bees, she investigates how a number of factors at both the local and landscape scale, including plant diversity, isolation and bee characteristics, effect bee diversity in local communities.

Education

PhD, 2011, University of California, Berkeley

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Entomology

Highlighted Publications

Tetlie, J., & Harmon-Threatt, A. (2024). Neonicotinoid contamination in conservation areas affects bees more sharply than beetles. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 12, Article 1347526. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2024.1347526

Chase, M. H., Fraterrigo, J. M., Charles, B., & Harmon-Threatt, A. (2023). Wild bee response to forest management varies seasonally and is mediated by resource availability. Forest Ecology and Management, 548, Article 121426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2023.121426

Chase, M. H., Charles, B., Harmon-Threatt, A., & Fraterrigo, J. M. (2023). Diverse forest management strategies support functionally and temporally distinct bee communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 60(11), 2375-2388. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14513

Harmon-Threatt, A. N., & Anderson, N. L. (2023). Bee movement between natural fragments is rare despite differences in species, patch, and matrix variables. Landscape Ecology, 38(10), 2519-2531. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-023-01719-6

Harmon, G. T., Harmon-Threatt, A. N., & Anderson, N. L. (2023). Changes in predator biomass may mask the negative effects of neonicotinoids on primary consumers in field settings. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 16(2), 298-305. https://doi.org/10.1111/icad.12625

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Recent Publications

Tetlie, J., & Harmon-Threatt, A. (2024). Neonicotinoid contamination in conservation areas affects bees more sharply than beetles. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 12, Article 1347526. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2024.1347526

Chase, M. H., Fraterrigo, J. M., & Harmon-Threatt, A. (Accepted/In press). Bee functional traits and their relationship to pollination services depend on many factors: A meta-regression analysis. Insect Conservation and Diversity. https://doi.org/10.1111/icad.12635

Chase, M. H., Charles, B., Harmon-Threatt, A., & Fraterrigo, J. M. (2023). Diverse forest management strategies support functionally and temporally distinct bee communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 60(11), 2375-2388. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14513

Chase, M. H., Fraterrigo, J. M., Charles, B., & Harmon-Threatt, A. (2023). Wild bee response to forest management varies seasonally and is mediated by resource availability. Forest Ecology and Management, 548, Article 121426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2023.121426

Clem, C. S., Hobson, K. A., & Harmon-Threatt, A. N. (2023). Insights into natal origins of migratory Nearctic hover flies (Diptera: Syrphidae): new evidence from stable isotope (δ2H) assignment analyses. Ecography, 2023(2), Article e06465. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.06465

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