I am extremely interested in the ecology of native bee species. Native bees are the most important pollinators in many plant communities and little is know about the stability, distribution, and health of many native bee species. First as a graduate student, I volunteered and conducted research on the ecology of native bees in Massachusetts and spent two weeks study bee ecology in Belize.
Bee Training and Research Experience
Difficult bees of New England workshop. Instructor: John Ascher. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. March 23 to March 25, 2013
Bees of Belize. Field expedition to better understand bee ecology and distribution of Belize's under sampled bee fauna. Invited to participate in the expedition by Argiculture and Agri-Foods Canada and the American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York. April 25 to May 4, 2009
The Bee Course. American Museum of Natural History, Southwestern Field Research Station, Portal, Arizona, August 24 to September 4, 2013
New England's Most Important Pollinators: Bees. Instructors: Sam Droege and John Ascher. University of Connecticut, Center for Conservation and Biodiversity. Storrs, Connecticut, June 2007.
Native Bee Identification Workshop. Instructors: Sam Droege and Rob Jean. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, April 16 to April 20, 2007.
Research on Massachusetts Bee Ecology
Boston Harbor Islands I surveyed bee populations in eastern Massachusetts, and in particular I have worked on the Boston Harbor Island All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory with Dr. Jessica Rykken to better understand the distribution and ecology of bees of the Boston Harbor Islands.
Elizabeth Islands In collaboration with Dr. Jerry Stage and Dr. John Ascher in 2009 and 2010, I surveyed the bee fauna of three Elizabeth Islands - Naushon Island, Cuttyhunk Island, and Penikese Island.