Karen Vinson

Faculty - Adjunct

Dr. Strickler is an adjunct instructor at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa, Idaho, where she teaches biology.  She is also the owner of Pollinator Paradise, a company that is dedicated to the conservation, increase, and management of native bee populations for crop and wildflower pollination through research, education, and commercial management of native pollen bees. She was an assistant professor at the University of Idaho from 1993-2000, supervising their pollination ecology program.

At UI she studied the pollination of alfalfa for seed by the alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata.  Prior to working at UI, she had 14 years experience studying solitary bees in Massachusetts, New York State, and Michigan, and 7 years experience studying pests of apple at Michigan State University.  She maintains a web site about the blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria, and other solitary bees. She sells Binderboard™ and other products for solitary bee management.  She lives in Idaho, and sometimes visits family property in Taos Canyon, her "basecamp" for the New Mexico Native Bee Pollinator Project.