Colony Collapse Disorder

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014

Colony Collapse Disorder

A film by Aaron Ladd, Katie Grabowski and Renata Diaz

Bees and flowering plants have coexisted for thousands of years by helping each other survive and reproduce - a relationship known as a mutualism. But recently, bee colonies have begun to disappear in a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. We need to understand the ways human actions may contribute to Colony Collapse Disorder so we can change our ways and prevent this mutualism from breaking down entirely.

This short film is one of several produced by students at Princeton University in an undergraduate course in Community Ecology (EEB 321) taught by Rob Pringle, assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The students were assisted by graduate students Tyler Coverdale and Matthew Lutz. As part of the lab component of the class, students worked in teams to produce short animated videos about a conservation topic of their choice. The videos were inspired by Casey Dunn's CreatureCast project.