Impact of extreme events on pollinator assemblages

Hilary E Erenler, Michael P Gillman, Jeff Ollerton

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Insect pollinators face a number of well-documented threats that challenge their survival at an individual and community level. The effect of extreme events on pollinator assemblages has received little attention to date, partly due to a lack of consensus on what constitutes extreme, but also because robust pre-event data is often lacking. Here, the term SHOCK (Sudden, High-magnitude Opportunity for a Catastrophic ‘Kick’) is used to encompass attributes of extreme events that carry the potential to add additional challenges to insect communities already facing environmental stressors. Selected events from two SHOCK categories are explored (those with natural origins and those that are human-mediated). The value of studying single events is considered in the context of a third
category; human-enhanced SHOCKs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-39
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
Early online date27 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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