I am hosting my first guest blogger! Read about #scicomm tactics that work for me as told by my husband, Billy Dunne. I recently had the pleasure of joining Rachael at her “All About Bees” event at the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. In the past five years, I’ve joined Rachael at three or four […]
When scientists give talks, we typically end the talk with an “Acknowledgements” slide, where we thank everyone who made that talk possible: co-authors, funders, field hands, etc. In March, I had the honor of giving a much different kind of talk: a TEDxTufts talk! Even though I was alone on stage, I couldn’t have pulled […]
Today is a big day: it’s Earth Day AND the March for Science! I won’t be marching today but I will be doing science outreach at the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA while sporting my #MarchForScience t-shirt. I will be with all my fellow scientists and science-supporters in spirit! Also, I had to pleasure of […]
Faces of Fieldwork Feature
I was featured on Faces of Fieldwork, a campaign to put a human face on scientific fieldwork. Being a scientist doesn’t mean you have to work in a lab. If you’re a field scientist, I encourage you to share your story with Faces of Fieldwork–let’s change the image of “scientist” from people in lab coats […]
Spring break in Costa Rica!
Front (left to right): Annika Greenleaf (junior), Ana-Maria Murphy-Teixidor (senior), Gabriela Garcia (1st year grad student), Elizabeth Crone (Professor), me, Genevieve Pugesek (2nd year grad student) Back: Colin Orians (Professor) This year, I had the pleasure of spending spring break in Costa Rica, on a coffee farm in the Central Valley! Our team was funded […]
My recent stint in the lab
This past summer, I raised honey bees on different diets on the Tufts Vet School campus in Grafton, MA. I am interested in how those different diets may, or may not, have affected the community composition of the honey bee gut microbiome. The honey bee gut is full of bacteria that may be beneficial to […]
Books about bees! For kids!
As the holidays draw near (where did the time go?), I am here to share reviews of some bee-themed kid’s books in my collection. A book (especially one about bees) is always a great gift! Show Me the Honey, Author: Tish Rabe, Illustrator: Christopher Moroney What is it about? Nick and Sally are out of […]
This Halloween, I carved a bee-themed jack-o-lantern. The shape, and size, of my pumpkin was perfect for a skep carving (and a couple bees of course). Humans have a long history with keeping bees; a skep is an artificial hive that beekeepers have been using for over 2,000 years. In nature, European honey bees (the […]
Pollen. It's what's for dinner.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a research update for the Tufts Graduate Admissions blog (lots of guest blogging lately!). You can read that update here. And update to the update: I just got the pollen data back from Jonah Ventures this week! I have lots of data to sift through.
Decisive dancing in honey bees
I wrote a guest blog post for Insectes Sociaux reviewing a recent study on group decision-making in Asian honey bees. Check it out here.