PLOS Ecology Contributing Editor Mary Bates is a freelance science writer based in Boston. She has written for such publications as National Geographic News, New Scientist, and IEEE Pulse magazine. Mary received her PhD in psychology studying bat echolocation at Brown University.
Bee populations are declining worldwide, raising concerns of a “pollination crisis.” Scientists have identified links to many human-induced environmental stressors, including pesticides, pollutants, parasites, diseases, and malnutrition. In a recent review, researchers from the University