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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chasity Dills, M.Sc. in EEOB
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 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 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