publications portfolio

Article on the emergence of spring bees, both native social ‘queen bees,’ solitary females, and honey bees for The Conversation US — Spring signals female bees to lay the next generation of pollinatorsThe Conversation US, May 1, 2020.

An article on my work with bee microbiome research, and an explainer on how bees accumulate bacteria to aid in development for The Conversation US, reposted in ScienceX, The National Interest, Salon, and others — Bees seeking bacteria: how bees find their microbiome, The Conversation US, April 14, 2020.

Op-ed on graduate student hardships in the face of COVID-19 pandemic turmoil across the country for The Scientists Magazine — Grad students face uncertainty during the pandemic, The Scientist, March 19, 2020.

An article on ‘bee-washing’ and native bee awareness for The Conversation US, reposted in Salon, Snopes, Gizmodo, and quoted in The Washington Post — Bee-washing’ hurts bees and misleads consumersThe Conversation USFebruary 19, 2020.

Short form news update about recent scientific research in Massive Science — Forest fires are good for bee populations, Massive Science, February 20, 2020.

Short form news update about recent scientific research in Massive Science — Think mosquitos only drink blood? Think again., Massive Science, February 17, 2020.

I wrote a long-form article about lesser-known solitary bee species for the online magazine Snipette, focusing on science communication to a broad audience. — Sweat Bees, Snipette Magazine (Snipettemag.com)February 13, 2020.

Personal essay on my graduate school experience and mental health strategies to Science Magazine’s Working Life section, edited by a Science editor — How a volunteer gig as a ‘barback’ changed my perspective in grad school, Science MagazineJanuary 9, 2020 (in print in January 10th issue of Science as A refreshing change, Vol. 367, Issue 6474, pp. 222, DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6474.222).

I wrote a long-form article about lesser-known solitary bee species for the online magazine Snipette, focusing on science communication to a broad audience. — Lone Bee, Snipette Magazine (Snipettemag.com)January 10, 2020.

A short blog post about my work with native mason bees in the city of Seattle, published by the breeder (Watts Bees) from which I purchase Osmia lignaria for my experiments. — What’s happening with mason bee research in Seattle? Rent Mason Bees Blog, March 13, 2019. 

My work was featured on the Oregon State University podcast, PolliNation, by host Andony Melathopoulos, Assistant Professor at OSU, following a public presentation of my scientific research at the Entomological Society of America Conference in Vancouver, BC in 2018. —  Mason Bees and Landscapes, Oregon State University Podcast, PolliNation, November 19, 2018.

I wrote an article for the Orchard Bee Association’s Spring newsletter on the introduction of my dissertation work, and my project goals for the coming years. — Connecting Native Bees and Pollen in the Pacific Northwest. Orchard Bee Association Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2018.

I wrote a long form feature article in Potato Grower Monthly detailing my research project with the late Dr. Christian Thill, my experience in potato genetics work, and the skills I will take with me into a graduate program. — A Teacher Remembered: Dr. Christian Thill’s legacy in the potato industry. Potato Grower Monthly, April 30, 2015.