Approaching one decade of studying bumble bees, an emergent property became apparent to me in reading and keeping up with bumble bee ecology literature: forests often are an important part of the story, but they are rarely the focus of the story. So, along with colleagues, we decided to review... [Read More]
What does it take to be a "fully successful" Federal Research Ecologist?
After about a year and a half with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), I thought I would write up some thoughts of common things people ask about. Specifically, when I tell other early-career researchers about my “performance review”, they seem really interested. Clear indicators of “success” are rarely offered in... [Read More]
New(ish) paper on long-term declines in bumble bee food availability in forests
Bumble bees are highly mobile species that sometimes have really long flight seasons that span the blooming period of multiple habitat types. In a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, we used long-term data from Illinois to look at how food plants used by bumble bees have... [Read More]