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Every year, the South Sound, WA celebrates its prairies with Prairie Appreciation Day where visitors tour the gorgeous prairies and participate in activities to learn about prairie plants, pollinators, and more. This year, Prairie Appreciation Day wa...

January 14, 2019

2018 was a busy year for me: I successfully defended my PhD, I got married, and I started a new job studying a new study system! Read about my (and other's!) 2018 research highlight and favorite conference/field experience on the Insectes Souciaux bl...

August 20, 2018

Insectes Sociaux: What is your favourite social insect and why?
 

"This question is so hard. As a beekeeper and someone who recently got their PhD studying honey bees, I feel like I should say honey bees. I do love honey bees, but my favourite social...

August 16, 2018

Just south of Olympia, WA, my new field site is a lively 180-acre prairie. There are queen bumble bees searching for nests, barn swallows doing acrobatics, and some of the strangest flowers I have ever seen. I half expect the Alice-in-Wonderland-esqu...

July 26, 2018

Being a small, squishy, slow-moving caterpillar is tough. Caterpillars are a protein-packed snack for carnivorous insects such as wasps and spiders, some ants, and birds.

For my post-doc, I’m studying an ant-caterpillar symbiosis.

A “symbiosis” is an i...

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