04 Dr. David Lowenstein – Wild Pollinators in Urban Areas


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Dr. David Lowenstein is a post-doc researcher at Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture.

Today we talk about Dr. Lowenstein’s fascinating research on urban pollinators during his time in Chicago.

In this episode we discuss biodiversity in a city, what property owners can do to attract pollinators, and the unique challenges of urban bee research.

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“Think of each homeowner as a land manager. So you’re working with a number of different perspectives.” – Dr. David Lowenstein

Show Notes:

  • Why Dr. Lowenstein starting researching wild pollinators in cities
  • About the biodiversity within a city
  • How pollinator numbers can be enhanced in cities
  • What property owners can do to encourage pollinators
  • The unusual places where bees nest in cities
  • The bee habitat he encountered in Chicago for his research
  • How you take a sample of plant life in a city lot
  • The unique challenges related to urban ecology work
  • How different bee communities can visit different plants in the same location
  • Why many urban bees that are pollinating are not honey bees
  • How vacant lots in cities with population decline effects bees
  • What Dr. Lowenstein has heard from everyday people about bees when doing his highly-visible urban research

“Even if we are producing an environment that is just great for pollinators, there’s a lot of factors that are out of our control.” – Dr. David Lowenstein

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