B.S., M.S, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Ohio State University


Dr. Lybbert earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012 and his Master of Science in Environmental Science in 2014 from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His Ph.D. from Ohio State University (2020) is in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology.

Dr. Lybbert’s areas of expertise include evolution, ecology, entomology and plant biology. As a pollination ecologist, he examines environmental factors that influence interactions between plants and pollinators (primarily bees). Plant pollination by insects represents a critical service in the maintenance of biological diversity and ecosystem stability. In recent years, pollinator declines resulting from habitat degradation, parasites, invasive species, and the use of agricultural chemicals have been reported in various regions of the world. Dr. Lybbert’s research specifically examines the effects of habitat disturbance and exotic plant invasions on plant-pollinator interaction dynamics, pollinator ecology, and plant reproduction.