School of
Integrative Biology
Alex Harmon-Threatt

255 Morrill Hall
Office: 217-333-3108

Mail: 320 Morrill Hall, 505 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
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Alex Harmon-Threatt
Assistant Professor


PhD, 2011, University of California, Berkeley

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.

Representative Publications

5 selected publications:

Harmon-Threatt, AN and D.D. Ackerly (2013). Filtering across scales: phylogeny, biogeography and community structure in bumble bees. PLoS ONE 8(3): e60446. [LINK]

Harmon-Threatt AN and Hendrix SD. (2015) Prairie restorations and bees: The potential ability of seed mixes to foster native bee communities. Basic and Applied Ecology 16: 64-72.

Harmon-Threatt, AN and Chin, K. (2016) Common methods for tallgrass prairie restoration and their potential effects on bee diversity. Natural Areas Journal 36, 400-411.

Pane, A and Harmon-Threatt, AN. (2017) An assessment of the efficacy and peak catch rates of emergence tents for measuring native bee nesting” Applications in Plant Science 5(6) : 1-6 DOI:10.3732/apps.1700007

Anderson, N.and Harmon-Threatt, AN. (2019) Chronic contact with realistic soil concentrations of imidacloprid affects the mass, immature development speed, and adult longevity of solitary bees. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-40031-9