Dr. Jonathan B. Koch publishes papers in the journals PLoS ONE and Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 9:51pm by

Dr. Jonathan B. Koch, a David H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor at UH Hilo is the lead author of two articles published in the journals¬†PLoS ONE¬†and¬†Annals of the Entomological Society of America. In the journal¬†PLoS ONE, Dr. Koch published ‚ÄúPhylogeny and population genetic analyses reveals cryptic speciation in the¬†Bombus fervidus¬†species complex (Hymenoptera: Apidae).‚ÄĚ Cryptic speciation is the process in which organisms share a nearly identical phenotype but belong to different species. In his paper, he uses microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA data to elucidate the evolutionary history of bumble bees in the¬†B. fervidus¬†species complex. He discovers that the complex is made up of two monophyletic lineages that are comprised of bumble bees that have converged on color phenotypes. His research has broad implications to the conservation and management of these North American bumble bee species.

In the journal¬†Annals of the Entomological Society of America, he published ‚ÄúA preliminary assessment of bumble bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) habitat suitability across protected and unprotected areas in the Philippines‚ÄĚ. In this paper, he constructs habitat suitability models of two bumble bee species that live the Philippines,¬†Bombus flavescens¬†and¬†B. irisanensis. He discovers that their habitat is broadly distributed in the Philippines, but is threatened with deforestation. Both articles are open access, and can be downloaded from https://hilo.hawaii.edu/go/3Z and¬†https://hilo.hawaii.edu/go/41.¬†Dr. Koch, the Principal Investigator of the¬†nalo meli ‚ÄėńĀpa‚Äėakuma project, explores useful ways to use genomic data to guide the management and conservation of endemic Hawaiian bees.