Neal Williams at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Neal is assistant professor of entomology and a core faculty member with the Agricultural Sustainability Institute. His work ranges from basic research in bee biology and pollination to applied research on native bee conservation and crop pollination. He investigates the evolution and ecology of pollen specialization (oligolecty) by bees and how such specialists contribute to plant reproduction compared to generalists (polyleges). He also explores the role of habitat connectivity for the persistence of bees in agri-natural landscapes and how pollination service by native bee species is affected by land use change and human disturbance.
Finally, he is working to develop native plant mixtures to bolster populations of the honey bee and wild bee species and promote sustainable pollination in different agricultural systems.
Neal Williams' Lab Receives USDA Grant (Oct. 1, 2010-Sept. 30, 2013)
Three-year federally funded research grant is aimed at improving pollinator habitat plantings in nationwide agricultural settings.
Assistant professor, pollination ecologist
Phone: (530) 752-9358
Neal Williams Lab