University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers study declining bumble bee populations


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a bachelor's degree is generally the minimum level of education required for most science and engineering occupations, and a master's or doctoral degree is typically necessary for senior researchers. Those who wish to launch careers in this field may benefit from attending an institution that offers real-world experience.

For example, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are currently studying the North American bumble bee shortage, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers looked at eight species of North American bumble bee genus, four of which showed severe declines in population and health over the last century.

Sydney Cameron, who led the study, wrote that some of the insects numbers decreased by more than 87 percent, according to the news source.

"They could potentially recover; some of them might," said Cameron in a University of Illinois press release. "It may be that the role that these four species play in pollinating plants could be taken up by other species of bumble bees. But if additional species begin to fall out due to things we're not aware of, we could be in trouble," Cameron added.

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