Fellow Spotlight: Jess Gambel

Fellowship Type: Climate Neutrality Fellow for Research

Campus: UC San Diego

Degree Objective: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution Ph.D. at UC San Diego

Project Description: Jess investigates how increased climate warming and decreased precipitation interact to affect the growth, pollination, and fruit production of squash.

What impact does your fellowship work have on your campus, your community, the state, or the world? Investigating how climate change threatens our global food supply is important for providing further confirmation to the value of sustainability. Jess’s proposed study will yield novel findings for scientists, farmers, and policy-makers regarding the effects of climate change, and thus carbon emissions, on pollination and fruit production in agricultural systems.

What is a recent success in your project? Jess questioned whether videotaping hours of bee activity within the flowers would actually be useful. But she after watched just a few videos, these recordings already appear to provide much more detailed and interesting information than any short, 15-minute survey in the field provides. Who knew bees needed their own live stream?!

Why are you interested in the Carbon Neutrality Initiative?  The Carbon Neutrality Initiative allows Jess to connect her research on how climate change affects pollination systems to the actual causes of climate change, such as increased carbon emissions. Jess enjoys being an integral part of the community currently studying climate change and its effects on California and the world.

What do you hope to do in the future using the tools you developed during the fellowship?  Jess knows this fellowship will assist her in determining the solutions for reversing any negative effects on pollination due to climate change, better conserving plant-pollinator systems, and informing others of how to protect ecosystems through more sustainable practices.

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