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 […]
Stop calling it the "murder hornet"
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, […]
Tufts University Medford-Somerville is now a Bee Campus USA!
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!
Stuck at home?
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 […]
Holiday gift ideas to spread the pollinator love
This month’s Tufts Pollinator Initiative blog post, written by yours truly, lists gift ideas for the pollinator enthusiasts in your life! Check out the gift ideas here. Happy holidays from me and the rest of the Tufts Pollinator Initiative!
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!
Honey bee immunity: more specific than we thought
Nature can be hostile, especially for insects — tiny creatures that deal with big problems. They get eaten, they dry out, they get smashed. Believe it or not, insects also deal with even tinier pests and pathogens, just as we do. Also, like us, insects have developed an immune system to combat such microscopic threats. […]
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 […]
The hive was like Grand Central Station
“The hive was like Grand Central Station at rush hour. Commuters moving in every direction, purposeful, industrious, and functioning in organized chaos.” Such an eloquent and accurate description of a honey bee hive on a warm summer day. As 2017 comes to a close, there are countdowns and “best of” lists almost everywhere you look. […]
The Story Collider
All the way back in June, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Communicating Science National Workshop. As part of that conference, I participated in a Story Collider workshop (which was incredible). And now, I am honored to say that I told a story at a local Story Collider show and my story made […]