Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Pollination

Judith Bronstein
Fridays 10AM - 12PM
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2023
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Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Pollination

Fall 2023
In Session
10AM - 12PM
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2023

Course Format: 



Main Campus



All organisms reproduce – among them, plants reproduce in the most diverse ways. In some plant species, all individuals are the same sex; some have two sexes, and others have three or even four sexes. Reproduction occurs via flowers ranging from the size of a pinhead to that of a toddler. Some plants make flowers, then fertilize only themselves. Most, however, require pollen to be moved between flowers, a feat accomplished by wind, water, and animals, including insects, fish, birds, and mammals. Studies of pollination reveal how species interactions weave together entire ecosystems. However, human-caused environmental change is threatening pollination, leading to impacts ranging from biodiversity loss to the loss of our own food supply. We will explore the weird and wonderful world of pollination across the globe (with a particular focus on deserts) and across time, from its earliest origins to its increasingly fragile future.

Meet Your Professor

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

JUDITH BRONSTEIN is a University Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her research focuses on the biology of mutualism, or mutually beneficial interactions between species. She has studied the ecology and conservation of pollination in habitats ranging from North American deserts to Central American cloud forests, as well as through mathematical modeling.


  • All classes will be delivered on-campus and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • On-Campus classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All students enrolled to attend in person also have complete online access and may choose to attend one or all class sessions remotely if desired.
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. A high-speed internet connection and a device capable of running Zoom are required to connect. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • Class Recordings - All HSP classes are recorded and available for every enrolled student to watch for the duration of the course and one month after the last class session. This option is offered to aid students who cannot attend the live class times but desire to enroll and participate asynchronously. We hope this option also aids students who are traveling or have a necessary appointment that conflicts with a class session to stay connected and engaged with the course material.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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