I’m a San Diego native, so I can’t resist writing about James Hung, who works on native bee inventorying in SD county. Hung is PhD student at UCSD who I met while on the Bee Course in Arizona. He has been cataloging bees visiting flowering in patches of habitat in what he calls “a sea of development.” He’s found over 350 species- that’s about 2x as many as I’ve seen in Yolo County in the Central Valley. He has even described new species previously unknown to science. All of these are being curated at the San Diego Museum of Natural History.
It is hoped that his work can help identify areas for conservation, and shed light on how drought affects bee communities.
In addition to this, he is also a wonderful photographer: