Co-Principal Investigator

Department of Biology
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 415-405-0729

  • Vanderbilt University, (Nashville, Tennessee), B.A. in European Studies an interdisciplinary major in political science and economics, December 1984
  • University of Connecticut, (Storrs, Connecticut), M.S. in Botany, June 1991.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies, (Costa Rica), Participant in Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach, Spring 1992
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph. D. in Biology, 1998 Dissertation topic: The evolutionary significance of a bimodal flowering pattern in Ipomopsis longiflora.

Appointments and Professional Experience:
  • Associate Professor. Department of Biology, San Francisco State University. 9/2007- present.
  • Visiting scientist. Stanford University 9/2007-9/2008.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University. 1/2001 to 9/2007.
  • Post-doctoral researcher. University of California-Irvine. 8/1999-2000. Artificial evolution for the tolerance to herbivory.
  • Post-doctoral researcher, Florida State University. 8/1997-1999. Evolution of competitive abilities in Brassica rapa. Florida State University.
  • Graduate intern, NCEAS. 8/1996-1997. Complex population dynamics working group.

Five Papers Relevant to the Proposed Research: * student author
  • Droege, S. V. Tepedino, G. LeBuhn, W. Link, R. L. Minckley, Q. Chen, C. Conrad. Accepted. North American Bowl Trap Evaluation 1. Spatial Patterns of Captures of Bees. Journal of Insect Conservation and Diversity.
  • Winfree, R. R. Aguilar*, D. Vazquez, G. LeBuhn and M. Aizen. 2009. A meta-analysis of bees' responses to anthropogenic disturbance. Ecology 90(8): 2068-2076.
  • *Hatfield, R. and G. LeBuhn. 2007. Patch and landscape factors shape community assemblage of bumble bees, Bombus spp. (Hymenoptera: Apidae), in montane meadows. Biological Conservation 139:150-158.
  • *McFrederick, Q. and G. LeBuhn. 2006. Are urban parks refuges for bumble bees Bombus spp. (Hymenoptera: Apidae)? Biological Conservation 129: 372-382.
  • LeBuhn, G., S. Droege, and M. Carboni*. 2006. Monitoring methods for solitary bee species in North America. State of the Worlds' Pollinators Report. UN-FAO.

Five Other Significant Research Publications:

  • *Chess, S., R. Raguso and G. LeBuhn. 2008. Divergence in floral scent and morphology of Linanthus dichotomus. American Journal of Botany 95:1652-1659.
  • *Clarke, K., B. Fisher, and G. LeBuhn. 2008. The influence of urban park characteristics on ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) communities. Urban ecosystems 11:317-334.
  • LeBuhn, G. and C. Fenter*. 2008. Landscape context influences bumble bee communities in oak woodland habitats. Pages 301-306 in A. Merenlender, D. McCreary, and K. Purcell, technical coordinators. Proceedings of the 6th California oak symposium: today's challenges, tomorrow's opportunities. 9-12 October 2006; Rohnert Park, CA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • *Chaves, J., J. Pollinger, T. B. Smith and G. LeBuhn. 2007. The role of geography and ecology in shaping the phylogeography of the speckled hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys) in Ecuador. Molecular Biology and Evolution 43:795-807.
  • *Colloran, B. and G. LeBuhn. In Press. The Benefits of Meadow Restoration for Pollinators. In: T. Root and K. Hall eds. Biological Impacts of Climate Change in California.

Synergistic Activities:

  • Director, Great Sunflower Project
  • Director, Training in Ecology and Evolution Program (NSF funded S-STEM program)
  • Bee monitoring website (
  • Instructor, The Bee Course, American Museum of Natural History/Smithsonian Institution course on Solitary Bee Identification.
  • Habitat Conservation Plan Working Group. NCEAS. 1998-9.
  • Workgroup on Oak Conservation, Integrated Hardwoods Range Management Program.
  • North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Advisory Council
  • North American Pollinator Protection Campaign Research Committee
  • California Cooperative Ecosystem Unit Strategic Planning Committee

Collaborators and Research Associates: Stephen Buchmann (The Bee Works), James Cane (Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory, USDA), Jaime Chaves (University of California-Los Angeles), Brendan Colloran (Cambridge University), Ed Conner (San Francisco State University), Sam Droege (United States Geological Survey), Brian Fisher (California Academy of Science), Gordon Frankie (University of California-Berkeley), Terry Griswold (Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory, USDA), Jen Grixti (University of York), Rich Hatfield (University of Vermont), Claire Kremen (UC-Berkeley), Quinn McFredrick (University of Virginia), Adina Merenlender (University of California at Berkeley), Thomas Miller (Florida State University), Robert Minckley (University of Rochester), Frank Parker (Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory, USDA), Tom Parker (San Francisco State University), Mark Reynolds (The Nature Conservancy), Miriam Richards (Bock University), T'ai Roulston (University of Virginia), Julia Smith (Holy Names University), Ellen Simms (University of California at Berkeley), Thomas Smith (University of California at Los Angeles), Vince Tepedino (Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory, USDA), C. Vacher (ISEM ? University Montpellier II), Arthur Weis (University of California at Irvine), Neal Williams (UC Davis), Julliette Winterer (Franklin and Marshall College)

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Advisors:

  • Dr. Susan Mazer . Graduate advisor
  • Dr. Thomas Miller . Postdoctoral advisor
  • Dr. Arthur Weis . Postdoctoral advisor
  • Dr. Ellen Simms . Postdoctoral advisor

Graduate students (11 completed, 4 current)

  • Rich Hatfield MS 2003
  • Jaime Chaves MS 2004
  • Quinn McFrederick MS 2004
  • Erica Swinney MS 2004
  • Sally Chess MS 2005
  • Cynthia Fenter MS 2006
  • Megan Keever MS 2006
  • Kevin Clarke MS 2007
  • Jennifer Krauel MS 2009
  • Rae Goodman, MS 2010
  • Amber Nordby MS 2010
  • Simone Whitecloud current masters student
  • Vasilissa Derugin current masters student
  • Patrick Furtado, current masters student
  • Joan Brennan, current masters student

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