May 22, 2018

The decline of bee species has garnered worldwide attention. Honey bee overwintering losses have been of particular concern due to their impact on agriculture. But there are around 5,000 native bees in North America, and for most of them we have no idea how they are do...

November 15, 2017

In May 2017, I started a post-doc in the MSU Entomology department, following completion of my PhD at Tufts University. It was a quick turn around from writing my dissertation, and I was out in the field collecting bees the first week on the job! 

I was hired to wo...

November 15, 2017

Working in an entomology department, insect death is all around me. It's one of the unfortunate parts of the job, that I've always had mixed feelings about. 

But there are some really good reasons why sometimes we have to kill bees to save bees.  

If we want to...

August 29, 2016

I was selected to be a reporting fellow for PLOS at the Ecological Society of America conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL earlier this month. The whole thing was an amazing experience. The conference was full of groundbreaking research from some of the top scientists in t...

June 15, 2016

The bumble bees arrived from BioBest yesterday! 14 B. impatiens hives, each with about 10-15 worker bees ("young" for a hive). Excited to watch them grow over the next few months!

Cotton covers the nest - full of developing brood (baby bees!) and food stores.

June 15, 2016

A new field season has started! This summer we will have 14 bumble bee hives (B. impatiens) with 14 pop up tent enclosures. We'll be doing behavioral observations, and monitoring growth of the bumble bee hives in response to wool-carder bee presence (Anthidium manicatu...

November 16, 2015

This summer we spent over 80 hours watching bees. Which, if you haven’t ever done that, I highly recommend it. Ok, maybe you don’t need to spend quite that much time bee watching. But I promise that even spending just a few minutes will be both entertaining and rejuven...

August 7, 2015

So most of our data is observing bee behavior. However, we also need to weigh the hives to see how the colonies are progressing over the course of the experiment. The hives we have are neat in that they have these doors where you can shut them half way and bumble bees...

August 7, 2015

A couple weeks of data collection are under our belt, and it's going pretty well! Our week usually starts with catching wool-carder bees in the surrounding area to put in our experimental enclosures. We put 1-2 male wool-carders and 1-2 females in each experimental enc...

July 24, 2015

First week of testing is underway and going swimmingly! Our enclosures are looking great, and the bumbles seem happy. All 12 bumble bee hives look healthy and are actively visiting flowers in the enclosure and out in the field. 

To allow the bumbles to ge...

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