Research at the Bohart
Current Research Projects
- LepNet: 2016-2020 NSF grant: Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: Lepidoptera of North America Network: Documenting Diversity in the Largest Clade of Herbivores; to database Lepidoptera collection; collaboration with major collections and museums across the US.
- Belize BioBlitz: June 2016 at Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (TREES) , Stan Creek, Belize
- Kissing Bug Database: 2016-2017 project to database the Ryckman kissing bug (Triatominae) collection; funded by a grant from the Ryckman family.
- Tardigrades: 2014-2017 NSF grant: Collaborative Research - CBSR: Natural History: RUI: The Preservation, Digitizing, and Data Basing of the Tardigrade Collection at Bohart Museum, UC Davis; to database, image and recurate the tardigrade collection; collaboration with Carl Johansson, Fresno City College.
- Solar Array: 2016-2017 US BLM grant: BLM CA CESU Characterization of Impacts to Desert Pollinators from Utility Scale Renewable Energy Installations; to survey pollinators in proposed solar array sites
- Monvero Dunes: 2014-2016 collaboration with the US BLM in Fresno Co. to inventory the insects
- Mosquitoes of California: revision of the Mosquitoes of California by Bohart and Washino 1978
- Bee Database: 2011-2014 NSF grant: Collaborative Research: Collaborative Databasing of North American Bee Collections within a Global Informatics Network; to database bee collection; collaboration with major bee collections in the U.S.
- CalBug: 2010-2015 NSF grant: Collaborative Research: CalBug, an interactive database using arthropods to examine impacts of climate change and habitat modification; to database California insects; collaboration with California based collections
- Indonesia: 2010-2014 NIH Grant: Biodiversity surveys in Indonesia and discovery of health and energy solutions, survey and bioprospecting of Mekkonga Mt., Sulawesi, Indonesia; collaboration with the Indonesian government, UC Davis and UC Berkeley. Find out more.
- Biodiversity and Systematics of Bees: In addition to projects on native bees in agriculture and urban gardens, Robbin Thorp is currently focusing on the conservation of Franklin's Bumble Bee. Find out more.
- Algodones Dunes – 2007-2013 US BLM grant to survey the insects of the dunes. We have collected nearly 2,000 insect species. So far 35 of these are new to science. Amazingly in this hostile environment of heat and little water, a large number of insects not only survive but thrive (2007-2013) See below for list of insect species from this project.
- Delusional Parasitosis/skin parasites – link to this website on this topic.
Algodones Dunes Insect Species List