Different pesticides as insect killers

blip   I recently came across a new study by a group of friends and colleagues that blew me away.  Of all the environmental pollutants and nasty things we use to kill pests, who knew that fungicides (chemicals used to kill fungus) would become a problem for bumblebee pollinators. This study: McArt, S. H., C. M. Urbanowicz, S. McCoshum, R. E.… Read more

Second graders do science!

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Second grade kids at the Belle Sherman elementary school.  Learning about scientific hypotheses and data collection!
Science education should start early!  And as part of our collaborative NSF grant on milkweed genetics and ecology (with Georg Jander from BTI and Steve Broyles from Suny Cortland), we are implementing outreach projects in the K-12 Ithaca schools.  Led by research support specialist,… Read more

New synthesis of convergent evolution!

solanum dulcamara As part of being the Vice President of the American Society of Naturalists, I had the opportunity to organize a symposium at the annual meeting in 2016 (Austin, TX).  The topic was convergence, natural history, and the big questions in biology.  The talks were great, and what I think (hope!) will really have an impact on the field is this… Read more