Pollinators play an important role in ecosystems. They include a wide variety of organisms that carry and deposit pollen, such as: bees, flies, wasps, butterflies, hummingbirds and bats.

On the UT campus, the lab of Dr. Shalene Jha investigates ecological and evolutionary processes from genes to landscapes, to quantify global change impacts on plant-animal interactions, movement ecology, and the provisioning of ecosystem services. Their work has provided insight into the environmental drivers of pollinator diversity; revealed the complex and dynamic nature of wild pollinator foraging; and exposed critical urbanization and elevation barriers to plant and pollinator gene flow across historic and contemporary periods.

The following resources focus on native bees, which are some of the most important insect pollinators: