Wolfpack’s Waggle Newsletter
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What have we been up to? (Jul 2018)
Summers are always a busy time of year, and this year is no different. James and Joe are busy with their second research seasons, building off of their findings from last year. James is quantifying what age queens lose their drive to fight each other (and thus what age they are willing to live together peacefully), and Joe is testing the effects of multiple pesticides on larval survival. Lauren has taken the lead on a side-project with several others in the lab to measure what happens when new queens are introduced to colonies. Hannah and her team (including Claire, Nicole, and Zachary) 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 keeping the bees happy. Esmaeil is busy with his many projects at UNCG (including those on egg size), and Dan came down from UPenn this spring to spearhead a project that took great advantage of many local beekeepers who helped tag and paint-mark workers for his observation hive experiments. Brad continues to expand the queen clinic in new directions, as well as conduct some follow-up studies on drone reproductive quality. We should have a lot to report come next fall!