The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Applications Due Monday, February 6, 2017

Purpose and History

The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability. The selection criteria are based on the technical merit of the proposed work and the degree to which the work is relevant to this objective.

Pollinators-bees, bats, butterflies and moths-help our prairies, gardens, orchards, blueberry barrens, farmers' fields and desert cacti reproduce and maintain genetic diversity. One-third of the food we eat has been fertilized by pollinators. An alarming decline in the number of pollinators in recent decades-through chemicals, diseases, mites, loss of habitat, and global climate change- has international repercussions.

The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship was established in spring 2013 to facilitate independent research in this field. This fellowship was made possible by generous gifts given in honor of the GCA Centennial by members of the Board of Associates.


The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship annually funds one or more graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions. Funding may vary in amount, but normally will be in the range of $4,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of pollinator science and increase the number of scientists in the field. A recipient may reapply for an additional year of funding.

Research Categories

The categories under which applicants may apply are:

  1. Effects of nutrition, genetics, pesticides, pathogens, parasites and disease on pollinators

  2. Pollinator habitat development, assessment or monitoring

  3. Plant-pollinator interactions and pollination biology

  4. Research that examines other aspects of pollinator health, including cutting-edge, original concepts


  1. Only one GCA scholarship may be applied for annually.

  2. GCA fellow will provide an interim 250-word report, two high quality photos, and an expense summary to GCA and P2 by September 2, 2017. A final report and final expense summary will be due February 6, 2018.

  3. Research excerpts (text and photos) may be published in GCA’s and P2’s publications and websites.

  4. GCA fellow agrees to share research with members of the Garden Club of America.

The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator 2016 Fellows

Hamutahl Cohen

Does landscape and plant diversity impact microbiome variation and pathogen (Osmia lignaria)?

Rebecca Dalton

Assessing mechanisms of coexistence between two spring ephemerals under a changing climate

Laura Figueroa

Pathogen Transmission in Plant-Pollinator Networks

Danny Minahan

Effects of Pollen Protein on the Foraging Dynamics of Honey Bees and Bumble Bees: Implications for Ensuring Suitable Forage Through Time

Beth Morrison

Changes in plant-pollinator network structure in the face of agricultural development: Implications for conservation and evolutionary diversity

Michael L. Smith

How worker honey bees detect their colony's size

The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator 2015 Fellows

Meghan Bennett

Determining the roles of significant environmental factors on development and emergence rhythms of the alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata

Brittany Harris

Pesticides and pollination of imperiled plants in the Lower Florida Keys

Ania Majewska

Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), monarch migration and disease risk

Gabriella Pardee

Climate change and pollination mutualisms: Understanding the consequences of early snowmelt and frost events on plants, pollinators, and their interactions

Grace Savoy-Burke

Investigating Native Bee Diversity and Genetic Structure in Mid-Atlantic Woodlands

Anthony Slominski

The effects of climate-driven shifts in phenology, pollinator body size, and pollinator lifespan on plant-pollinator interactions and plant and pollinator reproductive success

The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator 2014 Fellows

Elliot Gardner

Pollination biology of Artocarpus (Moraceae)

Evan Palmer-Young

Synergistic anti-parasitic effects of nectar compounds in bumblebee diets

Samantha Alger

RNA viruses: prevalence, transmission, and effect on native bumble bees in Vermont

Lauren Ponisio

Fire severity and the assembly of pollinator communities