PI: Karen Goodell

I study the population and community ecology of native bees to better understand their role in natural plant communities and agriculture and how to conserve them.

lab group BSA 2012

Karen, Jessie, Megan, Andrew and James celebrating Andrew’s advancement to candidacy and James’s first day in the lab. April 2017


Selected Publications

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Learning to detect Nosema from Rodney Richardson.

Post-doctoral Researchers

K. James Hung, PhD

James’s research investigates the interplay among pesticides, insect pests, pollinators, and crop yield in Ohio’s pumpkin and squash agroecosystems. Click here for website

Jessie Lanterman, PhD

Jessie’s research investigates how  reclaimed mines support bee communities. Her post-doctoral research investigates the distributions and environmental correlates to bumble bee species in Ohio. 

Jessie's bees

Graduate Students

Andrew Lybbert MS, PhD Candidate

Andrew’s research investigates the influence of invasive plants and restoration of native plants affect pollinator biodiversity.


Megan Varvaro, MS Student

Megan is investigating the effectiveness of nesting site manipulations for promoting stem- and ground-nesting bees on reclaimed mine land.


Undergraduate Students

Benjamin Green, Biology Major

Ben is studying the transmission of honey bee viruses to native bees. Ben is a Biology student at the OSU Columbus campus.



Lab Alumni

Bobby Burkhart, Biology major

Bobby’s thesis research explored the utility of carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios in native bees to determine their use of floral resources in open and forested habitats. He graduated in the spring of 2017 with research distinction.Bobby Burkhart Meec


Bobby netting bees in the forest understory.

Max Frankenberry, EEOB majorMax frakenberry Meec

Max’s research tested the hypothesis that adult bee diets are detectable over short time spans using stable carbon isotopes. He also tested the tissue specificity of the stable carbon isotope fractionation in bumble bees to determine the best sampling strategy to distinguish adult and larval diets.


Howard Rogers, B. S. Natural Resources

Howard has worked since 2010 on solitary bee research at The Wilds. He spearheaded the evaluation of nesting habitat for solitary bees.

Howard gets interviewed by OSU's OnCampus reporters in 2010.Howard gets interviewed by OSU’s OnCampus reporters in 2010.






Chasity Dills, M.Sc. in EEOBChasity sorting squash bees for her row cover experiments.

Chasity studied how weed management strategies influence squash bee nesting in commercial squash plantings. She is also interested in how interactions among three common bee species: honey bees, squash bees, and bumble bees influence pollination of squash.



Clancy Short, Undergraduate Entomology major

Clancy mending row cover

Clancy worked on the squash project with Chasity during the summer 2014. He also helped identify a large collection of native bees from the Edge of Appalachia Preserve.








Chia-Hua Lin, PhD 2013

Chia is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University.

Chia getting ready to hand pollinate Ibiris flowers.








Chia getting ready to hand pollinate Iberis flowers.


Amy Iler  PhD 2010

Amy’s current position is Conservation Scientist, Chicago Botanic Garden and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Northwestern University. Website












Sarah Cusser MSc 2011
Currently a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, Austin

Sarah bees' eye view