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 […]
Insect pollinators and real-world science
Last semester, I had the absolute honor (and pleasure) of being one of Tufts Experimental College’s Robyn Gittleman Graduate Teaching Fellows. Now, the ExCollege is looking for help to continue funding graduate students through this amazing program. To learn more about the program, check out this blog post I wrote for Tufts Graduate Admissions last […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Have you seen this pollen?
While I was in Exeter, UK for theInternational Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE), I got a message from my two interns: the bees looked sick. In five of our eight observation hives, some of the worker bees had white dots stuck to their back. Even one of the queens had it! The only thing I […]