Dr. Gordon began teaching at Pitt State in the fall of 2001. He currently teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He taught undergraduate majors and non-majors biology courses at Kentucky State University from 1996-2001. He also taught two years at D-Q University, a two year Native American Tribal College in California. At College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California he taught Forest Protection and Ecology and he independently taught Pest Management Biology courses for professionals holding California Pest Control Adviser Licenses. During his graduate studies he was a teaching assistant for a number of courses at the University of California at Davis, and at Humboldt State University. continue reading Biographical Sketch >>
Ph.D., University of California at Davis, California, U.S.A.
M.A., Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, U.S.A.
B.A., Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, U.S.A.
BIOL 112 General Biology LaboratoryBIOL 111 General Biology BIOL 561 General EntomologyBIOL 330 Principles of Ecology BIOL 602-18 Medical Entomology BIOL 402-20 Forensic Entomology BIOL 639 Field Ecology BIOL 803 Biometry
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I am interested in native bees and the links between pollinator and plant communities. I believe that bee and plant communities influence each other s structure. The abundance, flower preferences, flight seasons, and size variation exhibited by members of the bee community influence the reproductive success of those plant species which are dependent on those bees for pollination. If the loss of a pollinator species reduces the reproductive success of some plant species, this will result in a shift in the structure of the plant community as those plants become less abundant. For this reason, it is important to identify the bee fauna and the roles that bees play in pollination of native plants.
Although there is ample evidence that yield is proportional to pollinator density in many agricultural crops, there is little information regarding the yield of wildlife forage. Production of many berry and seed crops eaten by wildlife is probably dependent on pollination by wild bees. If a pollinator species is lost, this may reduce the reproductive success of some plant species, reducing food for wildlife and leading to a shift in the structure of the plant community as those plants become less abundant.
I have been investigating the diversity of native bees and developing plant visitation records. I am also examining how native bees can be used as alternative pollinators in orchards and gardens, and how such use can be linked to maintaining a diverse native bee community. My program includes collecting and identifying bee and plant species, monitoring their phenology, distribution, and abundance.
I make presentations that educate the public and conservation biologists that we need to understand the roles that native pollinators play in maintaining biodiversity and providing food for wildlife.
Enhancing Alternate Pollinators | Mystery Bites caused by Pyemotes mites
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