Feature Paper: Coastline Plant-Pollinator Interactions

Coastal Plants












Interesting paper documenting the pollinator animals in a San Sal
coast plant community.  Summary after the jump.

This article is in the new journal Caribbean Naturalist.  I think this
journal fills an important niche in the region, publishing descriptional
or preliminary data papers that may not be appropriate for other
journals.  I know our lab will be publishing more of our studies
through this outlet.

In light of increased pressure from direct anthropogenic effects and climate change, coastal conservation has become even more important. Here we report on animals observed visiting flowers on 30 plant species in 14 families during two time periods on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas. An understanding of community pollination dynamics is necessary for successful conservation efforts in coastal ecosystems because most plant species rely on animal pollinators for cross-pollination; thus, identification of potential pollinators for each plant species is a necessary first step. A total of 41 animal species representing four insect and two bird orders were observed visiting flowers. The relative importance of individual species to the community was estimated based on the number of interaction partners and whether the species was active during both time periods.

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About the Author:

Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.

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