Associate Professor, Principal Investigator
I am interested in how environmental stressors impact insect fitness. I am particularly interested in determining how temperature and nutritional stress during development affect the adult phenotype, and what molecular and physiological mechanisms mediate the responses to these stressors. Bees experience many potential stressors during agricultural management and in response to climate change. Understanding how we can protect against these stresses will help build resilient populations. Read more about Julia HERE.
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Assistant Professor, Chair Biological Sciences, Principal Investigator
How do physiological systems change throughout development and what happens when you perturb this process with stress? This is important because insects are the most numerous animals on the planet. Insects as a group are our frenemies. They provide important pollination services of crops and remove detritus, but they are also vectors of disease and pests in crops and in homes.
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Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
I work on the effect of free radicals and oxidative stress on life history traits and fitness. Oxidative stress is a strong mediator of animal performance, health, and immunity and we have a very elementary knowledge of how it works. Read more about GC HERE.
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My lab addresses fundamental questions in evolutionary biology using Drosophila as a model organism. My lab integrates diverse methods to understand how gene expression evolves within a network context, how gene expression is shaped by heterogeneous environments, and how organisms evolve in response to increasingly human modified landscapes. Read more about Sarah here.
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My main research focuses on the factors affecting plant diversification patterns. I combine classical taxonomy with an array of molecular techniques to assess how different factors drive speciation, to explain why species are so unevenly distributed across regions. I am also interested in the applications of metabarcoding, concretely to study plant-pollinator interactions, I want to further my skills in transcriptomics and want to learn to work with metabolomics. Read more about Pam here.
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Gagandeep Singh Brar
My main focus is studying the alfalfa leafcutter bee, Megachile rotundata and examining the maternal effects on diapausing and non-diapausing individuals through DNA methylation using bisulfite sequencing. I am also interested in evaluating the effect of gut microbiome in the context of diapause. Read more about Gagan here.
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The insulin signaling pathway is involved with many functions such as reproduction, development, and metabolism. This can be important for better understanding how pollinators like the alfalfa leaf cutting bee, Megachile rotundata, survive winter and how changes in climate will impact them. It can also provide insight to key mechanisms that can be used as targets for agricultural pests like the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. With this information, we can help farmers take better care of their bees. Happy bee means there’s food for you and me! Also, although they’re much much smaller, insects have the same insulin pathway we do, which means there’s potential for our research to be translated to other studies like diabetes research.
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My research focus is how various types of environmental stressors affect reproduction in the solitary bee, Megachile rotundata. Some environmental stressors include low temperature stress during development, suboptimal environmental conditions that affect flight, and resource diversity. A single female bee is responsible for producing offspring, nest building and providing food for the offspring, which requires many steps that may be disrupted if the female is or has experienced a stressor. Megachile rotundata is the most managed solitary bee, however, farmers experience low return rates in the United States. Understanding the driving forces of reproductive decline is essential to mending this problem. Read more about Kayla HERE.
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The main focus of my research is to determine how body size impacts performance and fitness in solitary bees, using nutritional quantity as a mechanism for influencing body size. Body size affects many different aspects of animal life habits including fecundity, metabolism, longevity, and foraging distance. By utilizing the determinate growth characteristic of solitary bees, we are able to control adult body size, which allows us to experimentally test the impact of body size on performance. A secondary focus of my research is looking at lifespan and aging in solitary bees, particularly looking at telomere dynamics across development. Telomere length may be related to longevity and the rate of cellular aging in eukaryotic organisms. Results from my research may give insights into how telomeres function in solitary bees, and the process of cellular aging these organisms. Read more about Courtney HERE.
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San Ha Seo
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I am interested in the effects of temperature, photoperiod and maternal effects on diapause in alfalfa leafcutting bees. In the future, I would like to add additional components to my research that will involve bioinformatics or transcriptomics. Read more about Preetpal Singh here.
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Previous undergraduate research was on metabolic rate and critical oxygen partial pressure in bumble bees.
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