Applied Research

We work on a variety of applied research projects that help protect invertebrates ranging from how to effectively restore pollinator habitat on farms to assessing the health of wetlands. We also engage in research projects to understand the life history and conservation status of many endangered species.

Applied research efforts include

  • Understanding how to use invertebrates as indicators of habitat quality and ecosystem function
  • Conducting research that informs habitat restoration and management
  • Preparing status reviews to understand the level of decline in rare species

Recent accomplishments

  • Pacific Northwest Wetland bioassessment: We are in the second year of a four-year study of Willamette Valley wetland invertebrates that aims to develop an invertebrate-based tool that could be used to determine the health of Pacific Northwest wetlands
  • California Pollinator Restoration Project: Scientists from the Xerces Society and UC Berkeley are monitoring the effectiveness of pollinator restoration activities in bringing back native bees and restoring pollination services to farms throughout Yolo County
  • Bumble bee status review: In collaboration with many bee researchers, the Xerces Society has conducted a review of the status of three species of formerly common North American bumble bees, the western bumble bee, the rusty-patched bumble bee and the yellow banded bumble bee
  • Mardon skipper biology and distribution: The Xerces Society is involved in ongoing studies in Oregon, Washington and California to determine the distribution and life history of the Mardon skipper (Polites mardon), a federal candidate species