#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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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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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 […]

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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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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.

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Das ist cool

Last week, I was lucky enough participate in the first ever Plant and Pollen Metabarcoding Workshop at the University of Würzburg in Würzburg, Germany. The workshop was organized and led by Dr. Alexander Keller. In addition to Alex, we had two amazing teachers: Wiebke Sickel (PhD student, teacher for the lab portion), and Markus Ankenbrand […]

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Balance is key

Recently, Harmen P. Hendriksma and Sharoni Shafir of the Bee Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel published a paper entitled “Honey bee foragers balance colony nutritional deficiencies.” Anyone who knows me or my research might know that I have been waiting (slightly impatiently) for this full paper to become available. Finally, […]

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