One of my favorite tools for science communication is a good old TED talk. There have been many made about bees, and while some address popular topics such as honey bee health and urban beekeeping, others highlight wild bees, the problems they face, and the beauty of pollination. I turn to these talks when I … More TED Talks about bees.
Don’t be like me. If you start a PhD program under the premise that most of it will be done at a computer and during your first year it becomes field-study based, ask a lot of questions. Especially if you are collecting specimens. I remember asking what I supposed to do with all the bees I … More How to manage a student bee specimen collection.
This year has been a big, big year for bee research. The number of papers I’ve downloaded and marked as must read is overwhelmingly high. I did manage to read a few papers, though, and I wanted to round up ten of my favorites. In no particular order, they are: Bee declines driven by combined stress … More My top ten bee papers of 2015.
I had the privilege to present some recent research at the Maine State Beekeepers Association annual meeting over the weekend. I spoke to the beekeepers about how honey bees use the landscape and how they can use that information to choose an optimal apiary site. Since I study wild bees, preparing this presentation was a … More How do honey bees use the landscape?
I’m in Maryland this week working with Sam Droege at the USGS Bee Inventory and Modeling Lab to check the identifications I made of the bee specimens I’ve collected over my last two field seasons. Learning to identify bees is a tough task: sometimes the distinguishing features between species are so subtle that it takes months of … More Macropis: the oil-collecting bees.
Remember last week when I wrote about how great roadsides are for bees? Oh, science. You love a little controversy, don’t you? Proving existing evidence wrong is the name of the game, am I right? I’m not going to get into any philosophy of science here (though I probably should), but I will certainly address … More Pollinators and highway rights-of-way: the flipside.
There has been a lot of discussion on the Bee Monitoring listserv lately about pollinators along highway rights-of-way. The Xerces Society and Jennifer Hopwood have put out a bevy of information about how roadsides can benefit pollinators, and the White House made big plans to use these areas in their Strategy to Promote the Health … More Pollinators and highway rights-of-way.
A couple of big developments have occurred these last two weeks in efforts to conserve wild bee species experiencing dramatic population decline. On September 18th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to a 90 day review of the population status and potential threats to the rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis). Bombus affinis was once found … More Good news for threatened bees.
Now that we are well into September and less than a week from the first day of fall, wild bee communities are changing right along with the season. There are still plenty of bees out–the warm, dry weather of late summer makes for great foraging conditions–and I wanted to share a bit about who’s still … More Late season wild bees: Who’s out there?
I’ve been into food for a long time. My interest has manifested itself in various ways: watching Food Network, hosting elaborate gatherings centered around eating rather than drinking in college, trying out food blogging, and doing what I can to eat responsibly and know where my food comes from. When I was first approached about the … More Bees and the way we grow our food.