Current Research Focus Areas:
  • Effects of imidacloprid in soil on nesting and survival success of the solitary wild bee, Osmia lignaria (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). 
  • Functional diversity and response to nesting habitat variability in wild bee communities in managed Southeastern forests.  
  • Development of methodologies for assessing Osmia Lignaria soil choice in controlled laboratory environment. 
  • Pollination efficiency of Osmia lignaria on rabbiteye blueberry in the Southeast.
  • Agent Based Modeling approach to assessing effects of habitat connectivity on pollinator communities and pollination outcomes.
  • Effects of catastrophic wind disturbances on forest structure and forest pollinator communities
Prior Research:
  • Effects of Africanized Honeybees (Apis mellifera scutellate) on native stingless bees (Meliponini) in Mexico
  • Socioeconomics of Beekeeping in the Mayan Zone of Quintana Roo, Mexico
Fellowships and Grants:

EPA STAR Fellowship, September 2015- August 2019

USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), Graduate Student Grant, 2018




Fortuin, C. C. et al. (2021). Acute contact with imidacloprid in soil affects the nesting and survival success of a solitary wild bee, Osmia lignaria (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Chemosphere, 264 (128572).

Fortuin, C. C. (2019, November). Effects of imidacloprid soil drench applications on nesting blue orchard mason bees (Osmia lignaria). In Entomology 2019. 

Asseng, S., Bartels, W.-L., Boote, K. J., Breuer, N. E., Cammarano, D., Fortuin, C. C., . . . Solis, D. (2013). Agriculture and Climate Change in the Southeast USA. In K. T. Ingram, K. Dow, L. Carter, & J. Anderson (Eds.), Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability, change, impacts, and vulnerability. Washington, DC: Island Press.   

Cairns, C. E. et al. (2005). Bee populations, forest disturbance, and Africanization in Mexico. Biotropica, 37(4), 686–692.


Cairns, Christine et al., 2003.  Las Fuerzas Impulsoras Detrás del Descenso de la Meliponicultura en el Estado de Quintana Roo (Driving Forces Behind the Decrease in Meliponiculture in the State of Quintana Roo).  In Bray, David B. et al. (eds) Investigaciones en Apoyo de una Economía de Conservación en la Zona Maya de Quintana Roo (Investigations in support of a conservation economy in the Mayan Zone of Quintana Roo).  The Institute of Sustainability Science, Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University, Miami, Fl.


Cairns, Christine E., 2002.  Effects of Invasive Africanized Honey Bees (Apis mellifera scutellata) on Native Stingless Bee Populations (Meliponinae) and Traditional Mayan Beekeeping in Central Quintana Roo, Mexico.  UMI dissertation services, Ann Arbor, MI.  Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL. 

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