"'Boldly going where hundreds have gone before' does not make headlines."
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
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.
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


Current publications:


Fortuin, Christine Cairns and Kamal JK Gandhi. 2020. Osmia lignaria (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) produce larger and heavier blueberries than honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) [Manuscript submitted for publication].  BioRxiv 2020.06.28.176396.  

Prior publications (under maiden name Cairns):


Cairns, Christine 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.

© 2018 by Proudly created with

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Google+ Social Icon
This site was designed with the
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now