Wolfpack’s Waggle Newsletter
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What have we been up to? (Jul 2019)
Summers are always a busy time of year, and this year is no different. Joe is busy with his third research season, building off of their findings from last year by testing the effects of multiple pesticides on larval survival particularly how it might interact with viral infection. Lauren, now a proud new mom, is back from maternity to finalize the writing of her first chapter and finish the data collection and analysis of her second chapter. Hannah and her team have again been busily sampling the native bee communities all across the state. Jennifer has been juggling all of these efforts, especially the queen rearing and honing her skills at instrumental insemination. Esmaeil is busy with his many projects at UNCG (including those on egg size), and Daiana has moved on to a new position at Cornell but will be finishing up her series of projects on queen quality. Brad continues to expand the queen clinic in new directions, as well as conduct some follow-up studies on drone reproductive quality. Ali has already completed a number of studies on queens and drones using proteomic analyses, and she has recently been awarded a prestigious NSERC fellowship to continue her work. Sharon and Kirsten are busily preparing for the upcoming BEES Academies this fall, which promises to be a great opportunity for intermediate beekeeper education across the state.