Saving the bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante

Taking a moment this week to give a shout out to my friend and colleague Matt Kelly, who together with biologists Olivia Carril and Joe Wilson, has launched a crowdfunding campaign centered on the incredible bee community of Grand Staircase-Escalante. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is an extraordinary site in terms of bee diversity, housing some... Continue Reading →

Turning Point Revisited

In 2007, I sold my first short story, 'Turning Point,' to the speculative fiction journal ZAHIR.  Set in the highland forests of Costa Rica, 'Turning Point' chronicles the tensions between three field entomologists who must decide what to do when a faerie falls into one of their malaise traps. The meticulous Ruth, dedicated to documentation and... 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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