Lincoln R. Best
I’ve been studying the biodiversity of bees in western Canada for 15 years. I’ve observed the bees and documented their biology from coast to coast in this country and in many countries, climates, and agricultural and ecological systems internationally. My work has led to the discovery of many new species in western Canada, as well as newly recorded genera and numerous newly recorded species. Currently I aim to continue documenting the relationships among our bees (>600 species) and flowering plants in western Canada, and in turn produce educational and technical material.
Through my many collaborative projects:
We are primarily interested in documenting the floral relationships, biology of native bees. Currently, our knowledge of bee biodiversity and floral relationships in North America is poor and we aim through our research and outreach to collect quality information which has great value for all of us. Native bees provide valuable services in agricultural, and ecological systems. Fundamental data is critical for higher level decision making for a broad spectrum of stakeholders. This information can help us to remediate our landscape, increase productivity, and develop educational and cultural values related to the health of our environment.