Study level

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/School

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Associate Professor Caroline Hauxwell
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science

Overview

Commercial pollination services are rapidly expanding for crops such as almonds, blueberries and avocados, with hundreds of thousands of hives transported across the east and south of Australia each season.

Floral resources around the apiary are critical to maintaining the strength and health of these bee colonies.

This project will work in the QUT experimental apiary at SERF to determine the floral resources available in the landscape and the foraging activity of bees in commercial standard hives.

Research activities

You will conduct audits of flowering species at SERF within the flight range of bees in the apiary, and evaluate the diurnal foraging activity of bees returning to the hive.

You might develop this further to create a map or calendar of floral resources in the landscape, or to model the seasonal availability of resources for bees on the site.

Outcomes

This project will work in the QUT experimental apiary at SERF to determine the floral resources available in the landscape and the foraging activity of bees in commercial standard hives.

You might develop this further to create a map or calendar of floral resources in the landscape, or to model the seasonal availability of resources for bees on the site.

Skills and experience

You should have an interest in entomology and particularly beekeeping, in plant identification, and experience of field work.

Some skills in natural resource mapping will let you develop this into a strong project on landscape mapping natural resources in the landscape for bees.

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Contact

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