The Fender’s blue butterfly is a federally threated butterfly endemic to the Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA. Since 1993, multiple sites in the Willamette Valley have been regularly surveyed for Fender’s blue abundance. This provided my co-authors and I a unique opportunity to investigate how population growth may (or may not!) correlate with shifts in phenology, […]
Many thanks to the Southeastern New England Educational and Charitable Foundation for funding frosted elfin surveys, which will occur in 2021! I am excited to engage undergraduates in fieldwork and research on this rare butterfly!
Want to help us catalog the diversity of pollinators on and around Providence College campus? Join our project on iNaturalist! New to iNaturalist? See iNaturalist’s guide to getting started and some tips for making observations from the Tufts Pollinator Initiative.
For the past two days, I have been participating in Scholar Strike, a movement to bring awareness of structural and systemic racism in America. As someone who couldn’t see myself in the popular image of “scientist” while I was growing up, I strive to be inclusive in my teaching and my mentorship, but I know […]
Like humans, honey bees are extremely social and are susceptible to disease. Check out our piece in The Conversation about how they work together to fight disease, much like we must to fight COVID-19. Read here.
Every year, the South Sound, WA celebrates its prairies with Prairie Appreciation Day where visitors tour the gorgeous prairies and participate in activities to learn about prairie plants, pollinators, and more. This year, Prairie Appreciation Day was cancelled but, we’re still celebrating virtually! Instead of in-person activities, the virtual celebration is a blog with posts […]
Did you know there are 20,000 species of bees in the world? And that 4,000 of those species are native to North America? In celebration of World Bee Day, Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI) highlights some of the bees TPI members have studied across the United States and in Costa Rica! Read about TEN species of […]
Over the weekend, you may have seen charged headlines about the “murder hornet.” In response, I received many panicked messages asking whether the Asian giant hornet is a cause for concern. Check out my recent Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI) blog post to learn about why this hornet could be a problem for managed honey bees, […]
I am excited to announce that the Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI) has reached its goal of making Tufts University Medford-Somerville a certified Xerces Society Bee Campus USA! To learn more about the Bee Campus USA program and how TPI will continue to spread the pollinator love, check out my most recent TPI blog post!
Unfortunately, my Washington fieldwork has been delayed for the time being. In the meantime, you can learn about Pacific Northwest bees I saw last year (as well as other pollinators) by checking out this free online version of 2 Million Blossoms! Many thanks to Kirsten, the editor, for making this available. If you enjoy this […]