TPI goes to Costa Rica!

This January, most members of the Tufts Pollinator Initiative (TPI) traveled to Costa Rica as part of Tufts University’s Tropical Ecology and Conservation course. In this course, students spend the fall semester preparing a proposal and planning a research project for the tropics. Over winter break, the students visit the tropics to carry out their […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Neotropical pollinators

Since I have a photo album dedicated to the neotropical pollinators that I was lucky enough to see, I figured I would write a post with some more detail about their diversity! First off, what does “neotropical” actually mean? Simply, it means Central and South America (shaded in the map below). More scientifically, “neotropical” is […]

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What's that smell?

After returning from Costa Rica, it’s hard to decide what to write about—there’s so much! I saw amazing plants and animals, released baby sea turtles, made great friends, conducted research, and ate a LOT of rice and beans. This first Costa Rica-themed post will focus on a particular pollinator I fell in love with: the […]

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