Hello dear readers! I am absolutely thrilled to be writing my first post for What's The Buzz?! This website will feature a blog about my research, my time in graduate school, and the research being done regarding pollination and pollinators. I am based in the Pacific Northwest, so most of the content will also be PNW based, but I will be interviewing researchers across the country, and possibly across the globe!
Some background information about me: I grew up in Olympia, WA and attended The Evergreen State College. I fell in love with Entomology through a job in an entomology lab, a few ground beetle studies, and an Integrated Pest Management project dealing with garden symphylans in organic farming systems. I began my graduate work in January 2015 in the Crowder Entomology lab at Washington State University in Pullman. Since I am currently in my first semester, I am taking courses and preparing for my first field season, beginning in May! I joined the team at the Crowder lab during the field season of 2014 while working as a technician for Elias Bloom. While in the field, I began to notice that although we were sampling for bees, there were a lot of other insects visiting the floral resources on our farms, which led to my interest in what the non-bee pollinators are up to, and how they are affecting the overall pollinator ecology in these farm systems. My research is focused in Western Washington, and is part of a larger project working alongside other pollinator promotion organizations and researchers.
In my free time, I enjoy knitting, cooking, baking, rock climbing, hiking, and napping with my cat. While I don't have a lot of time for any of these activities, I may occasionally share some of these enjoyments as well, particularly if I can make an entomological connection!
I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!