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# NSF grant: studying effects of transient dynamics in plant-pollinator networks

Updated: Apr 10

**Fernanda Valdovinos as lead-PI together with co-PIs Berry Brosi and Mark Novak just received an NSF award for a total of $850,000 to study the timescale-dependent effects of transient dynamics in plant-pollinator networks. **This project will use the mathematical model and theoretical framework Valdovinos has developed over the last 15 years, together with Brosi's long experience in conducting field work in plant-pollinator networks, and Novak's expertise in bridging field observations with theoretical approaches. We will use our data-theory integration to evaluate how short-term responses (hours to days; e.g., foraging behavior of pollinators, dynamics of floral rewards) to environmental changes such as climate change and species invasions, affect medium-term responses (months to years; e.g., seed set, plant and pollinator recruitment) and these, in turn, effect the long-term dynamics of the networks (decades to centuries; e.g., species persistence, extinctions).

This work will be conducted in the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (Colorado, picture above) in collaboration with Co-PIs Berry Brosi (University of Washington, left picture below) and Mark Novak (Oregon State University, middle picture below).