Matthew Austin is an ecologist who studies how pollination systems are affected by changing environments. His research has added to the literature on how human-induced global change and floral variability affect bumble bee populations. Changing environments can have profound effects on biology, such as climate change altering the time of year that plant species bloom. As a Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellow with the Living Earth Collaborative, Matthew will collaborate with Drs. Adam Smith (Missouri Botanical Garden) and Kenneth Olsen (Washington University) on a project that leverages the Missouri Botanical Garden’s herbarium as a “window to the past,” to explore how such changes to flowering time affect ecological and evolutionary dynamics of pollination systems.
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