I am a post-doc researcher at the University of Milano - Bicocca; I am a specialist in plant-pollinator interactions, in pollination ecology and in the ecology and conservation of wild bees. I am also interested in any types of species interactions (e.g. commensalism, mutualism) and in the chemistry of pollen and nectar. I am also active in the taxonomy of bees and of flower-visiting Diptera.
The impact of workforce reduction on the foraging of social pollinators is a hot topic in view of pollinator decline. Here my colleagues and I took a look into bumblebees foraging before and after experimentally halving of the colony, with molecular identification of the pollen and network analysis.
Pollen foraging before and after workforce reduction in bumblebees
What is causing the north-ward range expansion of a bumblebee?
In this study, some colleagues and I have looked at a bumblebee that is protagnist of an astonishingly quick spread from the Balkan into Central Europe. Did you know that its spread started in the 80s? and do you know why the 80s is a very meaningful time for range spread? Did you know that this bumblebee is a forest-lover but that actually it also loves cities?
What happens to pollinators if the most attractive plants are removed ?
Knocking out the most visited plants caused sudden decreases of pollinator abundances. On top of that, we discovered that those pollinators who did not disappear after plant removal, redirected the visitation towards particular flowers