Back in June, I attended the National Communicating Science Conference (#ComSciCon) in Cambridge, MA and one of the many awesome people I met was Sadie Witkowski! Sadie is the host of a podcast, PhDrinking, where she interviews a scientist about their research over a drink. I had the pleasure of being one of Sadie’s interview-ees […]
This week, I am curating @Biotweeps! @Biotweeps is a twitter account that is taken over by a different biologist each week. If you’re on twitter, you can follow my week (starting yesterday!) at the handle @Biotweeps. I’ll be talking about a few of my favorite things: honey bees, pollinators, and science communication. If you’re not […]
Honey bees drink dirty water as a nutrient supplement
As National Honey Bee Day (yes, it’s a thing!) approaches, check out a guest blog post I wrote for the Genetics of Taste Lab at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Read the full post here.
National Pollinator Week!
I celebrated National Pollinator Week by spending time with my honey bees (which I technically do every week), and honoring a pollinator a day on Twitter. While it’s great that we have a whole week that’s nationally recognized and set aside for pollinators, we should celebrate pollinators every day! Pollinators make crops possible, they add […]
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.
The secret life of team honey bee
I wrote a guest blog post for Dispatches from the Field, an amazing blog about life and science in the field! Check out my post here.