Pollination is an important service that natural areas provide to agricultural landscapes. However, the interactions between plants and pollinators has not been well-studied even in many common systems. I am interested in how management and landscape composition affects pollination in tropical cropping systems, specifically cacao. My research aims to provide well-supported management advice to farmers and inform policy makers of the benefits of natural areas for pollination services in this economically important systems. I am also studying the dynamics of pollination of Theobroma cacao in natural systems to explore its role in plant fitness in this self-incompatible, understory rainforest tree.
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