Congratulations to Rebecca Westwick – Recipient of ABS Student Research Grant!
Rebecca was awarded a 1-year grant from the Animal Behavior Society for her work on the interactions between alarm pheromone and begging pheromones. Rebecca is exploring whether this interaction explains why early-life social environment affects adult aggression in honey bees.
Congratulations to Amanda Dunaway – 3rd place winner at OVEA!
Amanda Dunaway (PhD Student) won third place at the Ohio Valley Entomological Society meetings for her presentation on the impacts of surface mining on wild bee communities in Eastern Kentucky. Amanda completed this work as part of her Master’s Degree with Valerie Peters at Eastern Kentucky University.
Congratulations to Sarah Preston for successfully defending her Masters Degree!
Sarah’s work was awarded first place in the President’s Prize poster competition at the 2017 Entomological Society of America national meeting in Denver, CO. She also received third place for her poster at the 2018 ESA North Central Branch meeting (Madison, WI). Both awards were for Sarah’s work on maternal stress effects on worker bee behavior and immune function in the honey bee.
Congratulations to Jimmy Harrison!
Jimmy is a graduating neuroscience senior who worked in the lab assisting other students, and then developed his own independent project on the effects of smoke on honey bee behavior and brain gene expression. He has accepted a technician position in Josie Clowney’s lab at the University of Michigan.
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Grant Awarded
We were awarded a 3-year grant to study the impacts of winter annual weeds on wild bee communities and honey bee health in the context of agricultural lands. This is collaborative work with Erin Haramoto in Plant and Soil Sciences (UK) and Sandra Rehan (UNH). Read more about this project here:
Congratulations to Clare Rittschof!
I am deeply honored to receive the 2018 Outstanding New Investigator award from the Animal Behavior Society.