Sarah Whipple

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2021-2022

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Research Summary: Without pollinators, global food systems will collapse. This relationship is traditionally studied from an agricultural perspective, but are native plant-pollinator interactions also in danger? My research focuses on changes in pollinator biodiversity within Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks through the use of citizen science data and natural history collections. Because of their seasonal dependence, pollinators act as a prime indicator species to the changing climate seen within the Rocky Mountains. I hope that my research can engage AND educate the public on the importance of preserving public lands for future pollinator communities that may be impacted by climate change.