Migration Landscapes: Beekeeping Practices in Turkey

Spring 2016 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Batul Abbas (Landscape Architecture) This is a research proposal to investigate the beekeeping practices of the Kars region of Turkey. The northeastern Anatolian region where Kars is located is a leading global honey producer, a place of strong women's entrepreneurship and business, and a place of great floral biodiversity. The region is effected by climate change and migration, two forces that have changed local beekeeping practices. How have entrepreneurs adjusted to climate change? What particular species are effective for pollination and hardy to climactic changes in the region? How have beekeeping practices adapted culturally to the climactic changes? These questions are crucial to understanding changing cultural practices as a result of changes in the landscape and climate.