Hannah was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio for an article about honey bee decline. To listen to the interview, click here.
Here is a nicely done piece by Eleanor Nelson of WPR and QuestScience on some of the bee work we do in the lab.
This was accompanied by a lovely video as well.
I am sure we will be getting emails and calls about an iPhone app for bee identifications! Although this is where we’d like to go with the project, it is really just in it’s infancy and a long ways from ready for the public. But I hope you will stay tuned!
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The cover article in the most recent issue of Grow Magazine highlights some of the bee research going on around campus including Hannah’s research on native bees. Check out the full story here.
See a video made about the Gratton Lab’s research on native bees, land-use change and agricultural management. This video was created and published for UWRightNow, a multimedia project that aims to capture as much about UW-Madison life as possible through videos, stories, and images collected in a 24-hour period.
Link to video: http://uwrightnow.wisc.edu/posts/2522
During the past week, the Gratton Lab members attended the annual Entomological Society of America national conference in Knoxville, TN. We had two car loads drive the 12 hours down to TN , with both presenters and non-presenters in attendance. This was the first time some of us (Maddy, Emma, Kaitlin) had been to this particular conference and thus did not present. However, it was a valuable experience simply to gauge how things worked and to see what makes a successful, and sometimes unsuccessful, presentation of science. Communicating science to a broad audience can be very difficult, and we were able to pick up some pointers by listening to the vast diversity of presentations (in addition to learning about some cool new research!)
The Gratton Lab was well represented- Claudio, Jamin, Hannah and Rachel gave talks, and Julia presented her poster. Everyone did a great job. Below are the titles of their presentations:
Claudio: To what extent do native pollinators contribute to fruit production in Wisconsin?
Hannah: Assessing the pollination requirements of a perennial crop
Rachel: Impacts of local and broad-scale landscape structure on the diversity of pollinators in Wisconsin agroecosystems
Jamin: Aquatic insects have positive indirect effects on terrestrial prey
Julia: Species-specific physiological response of common Coccinellidae to the impact of landscape composition
Heidi, David, and Erica were also at the conference, which was a nice reunion for the Gratton lab. Another benefit of going to these national conferences is to catch up with past lab members and friends. We were able to have an alumni dinner together on Tuesday night, enjoying each other’s company and the beautiful surroundings of Knoxville. All in all this was a successful conference for everyone who came! Below are some of the few photos we took…