Amy-Marie Gilpin, Laura Brettell, James Cook and Sally Power
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment,
Western Sydney University
Each monthly issue of CROSS-POLLINATOR includes an original article. This month is by a group of researchers from Western Sydney University, led by Dr Amy-Marie Gilpin. Amy is an early career scientist, with a strong interest in pollination biology in both agricultural and native ecosystems. Among other projects, she is currently working, in collaboration with Dr Laura Brettell, on determining the impact of adding nesting materials on pollinator abundance and diversity. In the following article she describes the nesting substrates and designs used to trap-nest local bees and their preliminary results.