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RACHEL MALLINGER

Assistant Professor, Entomology and Nematology Department

Dr. Mallinger is a pollinator ecologist who focuses primarily on native wild bees. Bees are arguably the largest and most important group of pollinators, and changes in their populations can affect the reproduction of both wild and crop plants. Dr. Mallinger studies bees from many different perspectives to understand how these critical pollinators interact with and respond to their surroundings.

Compared to managed bee species such as honey bees, wild bees are relatively understudied. Dr. Mallinger’s research covers basic biology of native bees, how wild bees respond to conservation and other changes in their environment, and the role of bees in pollinating crops and wild plants. Her lab conducts research in many types of environments, including natural, agricultural and urban spaces.

Dr. Mallinger’s lab disseminates general information about pollinators, research results and management recommendations to UF/IFAS Extension faculty, Florida’s agricultural industry, home gardeners and landscape designers. The goal of her Extension program is to identify ways to support pollinator insects across different habitats and improve pollination of pollinator-dependent crops.

In addition to her research and Extension duties, Dr. Mallinger teaches courses in the UF Entomology and Nematology Department, and supervises undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs in the Mallinger Lab.

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