About us

Pollinators are incredibly important to the agricultural economy of New York and to the floral diversity of natural ecosystems. The Pollinator Network at Cornell is a multidisciplinary group of researchers, extension personnel and students that collectively work to understand wild and managed pollinators in New York, across the United States and around the world.

We are committed to promoting healthy pollinator populations and a sustainable beekeeping industry. Our research enables us to understand the biology and evolution of bees, investigate the role of pollinators in natural and agricultural systems, and identify the current factors threatening pollinator health. Our findings are communicated to growers, beekeepers, policymakers and the public through a variety of extension and outreach programs.

Explore our network

We offer a variety of resources for beekeepers, growers, homeowners and property managers to promote and protect healthy pollinator populations across New York state.

Contact us

Pollinator research news

Bee on a flower


eBird data can help track bee health
The project allows the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability to devise a new method of tracking the health of the all-important arthropod populations that are a part of pollinating one out of every three...
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Natural Resources and the Environment

Field Note


Mark Buckner is a Ph.D. student working closely with Bryan Danforth, professor of entomology, to grow the public’s understanding of pollinators beyond managed honeybees — most notably on the lesser-known mason bees. This month, Danforth and...
  • Department of Entomology
  • Agriculture
  • Animals
Bees on a flower


The study, published July 20 in Nature Ecology and Evolution, also found that one in eight individual bees had at least one parasite. The study was conducted in field sites in upstate New York, where the researchers screened 2,624 flowers from...
  • Entomology
  • Pollinators
  • Environment
A bee on a yellow flower


In the paper, “Landscape Simplification Shapes Pathogen Prevalence in Plant-Pollinator Networks,” published April 28 in the journal Ecology Letters, Cornell researchers gathered data on the entire bee community and the plant species visited on...
  • Animals
  • Entomology
  • Pollinators
Paper wasps creating a hive


New research indicates facial recognition abilities in paper wasps evolved relatively rapidly, suggesting that their increasing intelligence provided an incredible evolutionary advantage. This new research also sheds light on how intelligence evolves in general, which has implications for many other species – including humans.
  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Evolution
  • Entomology