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College of Natural Resources

Center for Geospatial Analytics

Bonnie Blaimer

Bonnie uses geospatial analytics to understand how insect diversity is distributed across space and time, both on the species and the genetic level. She applies species distribution models and genomic methods to investigate how species-level and phylogenetic diversity of ant communities change with elevation, habitat and land use type in Madagascar. These data are used to define areas of endemism and inform conservation planning. Other interests include the phylogenomic systematics, evolution and ecology of Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps), and the development of canopy sampling methods for insects.

Bonnie and her team conduct field work in Madagascar, sampling its varied ecosystems to determine spatial patterns in ant diversity and endemism.

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