BS Psychology, The Georgia Institute of Technology (2014)
As key pollinators of agricultural crops, bees contribute to over $40 billion to agriculture and associated industrial sectors. With nearly 90% of flowering plant species dependent on bees and other animals for pollination, bees are also key components of healthy ecosystems. Moreover, honey bees and other pollinators are important environmental “ambassadors,” helping the public connect with the natural world. However, despite active management, US beekeepers lose 40% of their colonies annually, and thus there is a critical need to identify and manage factors, outside of beekeepers’ control, which undermine the health of both honey bees and wild bees.
My current project bridge citizen science and landscape ecology. With a network of 31 beekeepers representing 33 location (and growing!), I, with the help of my collaborators, will be able to develop a model to predict how landscape features interact with beekeeper management strategies to impact honey bee health. I hope to provide an online tool beekeepers can use to predict the impact of their landscapes and management strategies on bee health.
This project is funded by NAPPC and an Apes Valentes research award.
2017 Honey Bee Health Improvement Grant, North American Protection Campaign
2017 Apes Valentes Research Award
2016 Bunton-Waller Graduate Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University
2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention