Andrew Simon

University of Victoria
Climate change portends increasing seasonal drought and extreme winter rain events in the southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Protected areas in this region are home to rare herbaceous communities representing an important foraging landscape for pollinators that is likely to be disproportionately affected. My research aims to elucidate the impacts of seasonal drought on bumblebees and the flowering plant communities on which they depend on Galiano Island, BC. I will present the preliminary results of this research, including insights into the drought ecology of native vs exotic plants and a map of local scale microclimatic variability. These preliminary results will be set against the background of a longer term initiative to monitor biodiversity and local scale climate impacts through a distributed weather station network and the ongoing citizen science activities of the Biodiversity Galiano project.