My name is Brian J. Dykstra. I focus on community outreach and education on native plants and pollinators. I also research pollination biology, cultural connections with plants and bees, plant ecology, and more.
My recent graduate research (MS Biology - in progress - Humboldt State University) has focused on the pollination ecology of a rare, serpentine endemic plant Vancouveria chrysantha (Berberidaceae), the golden inside-out flower. I also have a dual major undergraduate bachelor's degree (BS Anthropology & Integrated Social Studies in Environmental Policy - Michigan State University) for which I focused on cultural anthropology and conservation biology. I have variety of experiences in botany (education, field research, restoration). I also have a variety of skills and experience educating people about nature: in the field, in the classroom, and online. I have experience studying honey bees, bumble bees, solitary bees, and more. I work on native bee nesting projects and helping farms and gardens become pollinator friendly. I also photograph flowers and bees.
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Research and Activity Emphases:
Pollination Biology Ethnobiology Sustainable agriculture Botany Ethnobotany of beekeepers Solitary bee nesting
Public Outreach Ecological Restoration Science Education Pollinator Health Curricula Development Plant Ecology
Value of native plants and pollinators Conservation Biology Books / articles in progress