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Entomology: Stephen Buchmann

Adjunct Scientist

(Research Associate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology).
International Director, The Pollinator Partnership, (
President, Board of Trustees, The Drylands Institute, Tucson, AZ (

B.S., Biological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton
M.S., Biological Sciences, CSUF
Ph.D. in Entomology; University of California, Davis.

My research agenda concerns insect/plant interactions especially pollination ecology and foraging/mating biology of all bees (melittology) especially carpenter bees, mason bees and bumble bees. I have conducted studies in the fields of chemical ecology, biophysics of wind-pollinated plants and the evolution of pollen specialization by solitary bees. Related interests include pollen and nectar chemistry, pollen dispersal, carrying capacities of deserts for bees, buzz pollination and oil-producing flowers, foraging dynamics of honey bees and stingless bees, and most recently, studies of conservation biology of native bees and their use in restoration ecology.

Selected publications

Buchmann, S.L. 2011. Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive (A History of Bees and Honey), Ember, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, New York, 212 pp.

Buchmann, S. and D. Cohn. 2007. The Bee Tree. Cinco Puntos Press. A children's picture book, El Paso, Texas, 40 pp.

Kevan PG, Buchmann SL, MacKenzie KE. 2005. Frugivory by bumble bees (Hymenoptera : Apidae : Bombus). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 78(1): 80-81.

Nina Chambers, Yajaira Gray, and Stephen Buchmann. 2005. Pollinators of the Sonoran Desert, a Field Guide. Tucson, Arizona: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Stephen Buchmann and Banning Repplier. 2005. Letters from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind. Bantam.

Raguso RA, Henzel C, Buchmann SL, et al. 2003. Trumpet flowers of the Sonoran Desert: Floral biology of Peniocereus cacti and sacred Datura. International Journal of Plant Sciences 164(6): 877-892.

King MJ, Buchmann SL. 2003. Floral sonication by bees: Mesosomal vibration by Bombus and Xylocopa, but not Apis (Hymenoptera : Apidae), ejects pollen from poricidal anthers. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 76(2): 295-305.

Roulston TH, Cane JH, Buchmann SL. 2000. What governs protein content of pollen: Pollinator preferences, pollen-pistil interactions, or phylogeny? Ecological Monographs 70(4): 617-643.

Roulston TH, Buchmann SL. 2000. A phylogenetic reconsideration of the pollen starch-pollination correlation. Evolutionary Ecology Research 2(5): 627-643.

Buchmann, S.L. and G.P. Nabhan. 1996/97. The Forgotten Pollinators. Island Press, Washington, D.C., 292 pp.

Matheson, A., S.L. Buchmann, C. O'Toole, P. Westrich and I.H. Williams (eds.). 1996. The Conservation of Bees. Linnean Society Symposium Series No. 18, Academic Press, Harcourt Brace & Company, Publishers, New York, 254 pp.

Nabhan, G.P. and S.L. Buchmann. 1997. Services Provided by Pollinators. In: Nature's Services: Societal Dependence On Natural Ecosystems, Chapter 8, G. Daily (ed.), Island Press, Pp. 133-150.

Sugden, E.A., R.W. Thorp and S.L. Buchmann. 1996. Honey bee-native bee competition: focal point for environmental change and apicultural response in Australia. Bee World 77(1):26-44.

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