Berry heading to Colorado for fall fieldworkOctober 2017
Berry will be at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory next week to start setting up snowmelt acceleration experiments for next spring (see here for more). Should be a fun few days of intense manual labor, pounding rebar into the ground! I’m excited to check out RMBL at a different time of year, and always excited to be in the mountains and in the field.
Alva Curtsdotter joins the lab as a post-docOctober 2017
Alva has joined the lab to work on modeling network structure / stability relationships incorporating quantitative as well as topological structures. She’ll start out at Stanford, working with Berry while he’s on sabbatical and then will transition to Emory in January. She’s coming from a post-doc with Riccardo Bommarco’s group at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
Grant funded—quantitative DNA metabarcoding of pollenSeptember 2017
Our work to make pollen metabarcoding quantitative has been funded for three years, starting at the end of September 2017, by the Army Research Office (ARO). Berry is the lead on this grant, with co-PIs Karen Bell and Tim Read. The ultimate goal of this work is to produce a next-generation sequencing pipeline for pollen metabarcoding that incorporates dynamic quantitative corrections. We will be seeking a bioinformatics / statistics post-doc for this work, to begin in early 2018.
Nature Ecology and Evolution review published on honey bee diseaseAugust 2017
We have just published a review in Nature Ecology and Evolution, entitled “Ecological and evolutionary approaches to managing honeybee disease”. Berry and Jaap De Roode co-led the writing of the piece, with our collaborators Keith Delaplane and Mike Boots. We hope this work will lead to new insights for managing honey bee parasites and pathogens, which are thought to be the leading cause of honey bee colony losses worldwide.
RMBL field season completedAugust 2017
Our fantastic field team of grad students Loy and Connor, along with RMBL REU student Leandra Gonzalez (Florida International University) and Emory undergrads Kelly Endres and Ellen Dymit (with Berry tagging along as well), has now wrapped up the field season. We conducted pilot experimental work on the effects of accelerated snowmelt on pollination network structure and pollination functioning, and continued work on quantitative structure in pollination networks. It was an intense, but productive and fun, field season!
Jamie’s honors thesis paper published on euglossine beesAugust 2017
Jamieson Botsch, an undergraduate honors student (Emory class of 2016) just had his honors thesis, on euglossine bee responses to habitat fragmentation in Ecuador, published in the Journal of Insect Conservation. This was a collaborative project with Jordan Karubian’s lab at Tulane. Jamie identified thousands of bees, wrote every line of code for the data analysis, and wrote the manuscript. Congrats Jamie!
Biology Letters paper published on network responses to species lossesJune 2017
Our paper in Biology Letters is the first empirical work to show that single-species removal manipulations lead to predictable changes in pollination network structure. This work was co-authored by Kyle Niezgoda (Brosi lab undergrad alum and Luce Fellow now in a Ph.D. in climate science at Oregon State) and Heather Briggs (post-doc at Harvard).
Congratulations to Donna and Connor on their NDSEG fellowship awards!April 2017
Donna McDermott and Connor Morozumi were both awarded a 2017 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship! The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). NDSEG selections are made by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Army Research Office (ARO).
Congratulations to both for the award of a prestigious and generous 4-year fellowship!
Congratulations and welcome to all our summer students!July 2015
We welcome all of our summer students and wish them luck both in the lab and the field! We’re extremely happy to have so many hardworking and intelligent students collaborating with us!
- Laila Atalla, Zana Pouncey, and Jamie Botsch are working at our base at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab with Dr. Brosi.
- Andriana Miljanic is working in Alabama on our Biofuels project with our University of Florida collaborators.
- Melina Lozano Duran, a very experienced local bee collector and identifier, is helping us run a Beltline pollinator survey here in Atlanta.
- Anna Mayrand is a SURE student working on multi-species bee foraging competition with Emily Dobbs and Carolyn Ayers.
- Cindy Chu and Julie Fowler are working on pollen DNA barcoding with Dr. Karen Bell.
- Sophia Tigges (MIT undergraduate), Sally Apolinsky (Paideia HS), and Fin Ouweleen (Paideia HS) are local students assisting us during the summer.