Battle of the Bees

The number of bees we've identified from our summer collection topped 160 this week. We won't finish identifying all the specimens collected before the deadline for my student's final written report, but we'll get through most of it. She'll certainly have enough data to say some interesting things. Between our garden and prairie sites, we've... Continue Reading →

Avila in Puerto Rico

I'm thrilled to announce that for the first time next spring, we will be offering Avila students an interdisciplinary field course in Puerto Rico! IS 377 Tropical Environments: Diversity, Resistance, and Resilience will spend 12 days on the island in May. I'll be co-teaching the course with fellow Avila professor and historian extraordinaire, Dr. Kelly... Continue Reading →

A place where race doesn’t matter

In the summer of 2014, I co-coordinated the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE) Program. Funded by NSF and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, NAPIRE was designed to encouraging undergraduate Native American and Pacific Islander students to pursue careers in science. The program brought together undergraduate students from Tribal Nations and... Continue Reading →

June Bee Update

Bee activity has spiked this month out at Jerry Smith Park. Our collection protocol brought in twice as many individuals compared to April and May combined! I'm also seeing bees I haven't seen before; notably,¬†Svastra,¬†a striking bee with very furry legs. (That "fur" by the way is what biologists call "scopa;" specialized hairs for carrying... Continue Reading →

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