Resilient Bee Landscapes by Kim Chacon

Want to “save the bees”? Me too! My research has showed me how to improve landscapes as bee habitats. I can help you to design scientifically proven better habitat for bees.


Design Theory

Since 2009 I have been fascinated with how be the best landscape designer for bees. My curiosity led me to research building resilient bee landscapes. As it turns out “saving the bees” is not simple. There are thousands of different types of bees, hardly a homogeneous group. Moreover, though landscape fragmentation is listed as a main threat to bees, the solutions are not clear cut.

Solving geographical bee habitat issues is essential to protect pollination ecosystem services. Throughout my PhD research, the University of California, Davis, I have identified where in time and space habitat occurs within pollination networks. I work the GIS software to determine and remedy habitat strategic improvements. As a designer I care deeply about how to improve the world’s landscapes for bees.

Thank you,

Kim Chacon

I will begin consultation work after my graduation in June 2020.



Fieldwork in the UC Davis Arboretum

In 2017 I completed weekly bee foraging data collection on the UC Davis Arboretum’s thirty-five gardens. I am still going through the data analysis, but it is clear that each garden represents a novel ecosystem from a bee’s perspective. I am also learning about the dynamic nature of pollinator habitat. Much of my work is based on mapping and analyzing bee habitat maps to make strategic habitat improvement for resilient landscapes.


Currently a UC Davis Geography PhD student with an expected graduation date of June 2020.

Area of concentration: Bee Habitat Analysis & Landscape Design

Education & Degrees

The Bee Course Graduate
Museum of Natural History
Southwest US Research Station
Portal, AZ
August 2018

M.A. Geography with an emphasis in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design
University of California, Davis
June 2018

B. Sc Landscape Architecture
University of California, Davis
June 2009

Minor Environmental Horticulture
University of California, Davis
June 2009

2 yrs Pre-Landscape Architecture
University of Washington, Seattle
Fall 2000 -Spring 2002


Professional Experience

Lead Teaching Assistant for UC Davis classes including:

LDA 1 : Intro to Landscape Arch.

LDA 30 : History of Landscape Arch.

LDA 50 : Landscape Ecology

ENH 133 : Woody Trees and Shrubs

LDA 23 : Computer Graphics for Landscape Architects

Bee Habitat Fieldwork
UC Davis Arboretum
2017 weekly for a full year

Plant Propagation & Record Keeper
UC Davis Arboretum
Fall 2006 to Spring 2009


Honors & Awards

Winner of the first bumble bee of the year Award
Contest by Robbin Thorp, UC Davis Jan 2019    

UC Davis pollinator conference
5th place poster award
2017, 2018

Jastro Research Award
UC Davis Graduate Studies      
2010, 2017, 2018

Geography Block Grant
Geography Grad. Group, UC Davis

P3 Design Competition Phase 1 Honorable Mention
Environmental Protection Agency      
2011- 2012

Outstanding Graduating Senior in Environmental Design
UC Davis

ASLA Merit Award
American Society of Landscape Architects

Diablo Women’s Garden Club Scholarship

Senior Project Award
Landscape Arch Dept

Presidential Undergraduate Fellowship

Bruce Briggs Scholarship International Plant Propagators’ Society

Campus Sustainability Grant
UC Davis Campus


Skills & Languages

Experienced with in-site macro photograph


High Attention to Detail






Steven Greco
UC Davis Professor
Landscape Ecology

Claire Napawan
UC Davis Professor
Landscape Design


Downloadable Fieldwork Data

Please cite me as your source if you choose to use my data! My research is clearly focused on helping bees. I am a strong believer that if other researchers can do more with my data, that is what is best for bees. Just give credit where credit is due. Also, I am always open to collaboration. Lets work together on improving analysis, future data sets, and bee research you are interested in!


Weekly Resolution

Still Under Construction

The link below provides my data, in a week by week format. This level of temporal resolution allows better insight into bee emergence and flower bloom times.


Monthly Resolution

Still Under Construction

The link below provides my data in a monthly time increment steps. This level of temporal resolution aligns with most bee and flowering time publications. This coarser timescale is still good for tracking year-long trends, but is less precise than the weekly resolution.


Geo-Referenced Data Photos

Still Under Construction

I have taken thousands of geo-referenced photographs while completing my fieldwork. The button below is for the entire collection of photos. They are named by date, garden name, type of bee.


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Thank you for your interest in helping bees!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for possible research collaboration and/or landscape design consulting work. Feel free to use the contact form or email: