Thank you, Green Fund!

I have the pleasure to be a part of the new group, the Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI). Our group was recently funded by the Tufts Green Fund to make Tufts University a better place for pollinators! To learn about our initiative, check out TPI’s first blog post (written by yours truly) here!

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A trip to the beeyond

“So is there anything everyday people can do to keep these creatures around so that future generations can experience the joy seen in Bonoan’s class? Surprisingly, yes.” Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting ExPress writer, Emma Hodgdon, in my insect pollinators class. I teach From Bees to Beetles: Insect Pollinators and Real-World Science […]

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#PicturePerfectPollinator

Back in June, The Xereces Society held a #PicturePerfectPollinator photo contest. In honor of National Pollinator Week, I entered a photo accompanied by a pollinator fact each day. Just recently, it came to my attention that my photo of a male Puget blue butterfly getting a snack from oxeye daisy was selected as an honorable […]

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Interview with a social insect scientist

Insectes Sociaux: What is your favourite social insect and why? “This question is so hard. As a beekeeper and someone who recently got their PhD studying honey bees, I feel like I should say honey bees. I do love honey bees, but my favourite social insect might be…” I was recently interviewed byInsectes Sociaux, a […]

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Livin' on a Prairie

Just south of Olympia, WA, my new field site is a lively 180-acre prairie. There are queen bumble bees searching for nests, barn swallows doing acrobatics, and some of the strangest flowers I have ever seen. I half expect the Alice-in-Wonderland-esque flowers to break into song. This week, I had the opportunity to write my […]

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Ant-caterpillar symbioses

Being a small, squishy, slow-moving caterpillar is tough. Caterpillars are a protein-packed snack for carnivorous insects such as wasps and spiders, some ants, and birds. For my post-doc, I’m studying an ant-caterpillar symbiosis. A “symbiosis” is an interaction between two organisms of different species. Insect pollinators and plants, clownfish and anemones, us and the microbes […]

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National Pollinator Week

For National Pollinator Week, I shared a pollinator photo, accompanied with a pollinator fact, on social media each day. In case you’re not on Instagram or Twitter, here are my photos with their fact. I hope you learn something new! Day 1 Day 1 of #NationalPollinatorWeek! First up, this cute little mining bee foraging on […]

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