A sub-section of my portfolio is available below. For an updated list of pieces, please visit my Medium website.
- Westreich, L. Native solitary bee health in western Washington. 2021. Doctoral dissertation, University of Washington. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing.
- Westreich, L., Tobin, P. Comparison of pollen grain treatments without mechanical fracturation prior to protein quantification. 2021. Journal of Insect Science, 21:4, doi: 10.1093/jisesa/ieab043
- Westreich, L., Tobin, P. Weather patterns affecting solitary bee foraging and nesting success in western Washington. 2021. Manuscript in preparation.
- Westreich, L., Tobin, P. Bees needs; nutritional analysis of solitary bee pollen reveals how lipid and protein content shapes pollinator health. 2021. Manuscript in preparation.
- Westreich, L., Westreich, S., Tobin, P. Bacteria and fungi shape bee foraging behavior and health. 2021. Manuscript in preparation.
Science writing pieces
- Your risk of death by killer bees has gone way, way up., Medium, August 9, 2021
- How to survive a heat dome, Medium, August 4, 2021
- Conserving your water feels futile in the face of corporate water waste — but keep doing it anyway, Medium’s Age of Awareness, August 3, 2021
- Five things you should demand from a graduate program before you hit “accept.”, Medium’s Age of Awareness, August 2, 2021
- Long-form piece on volatile compounds, chemicals found indoors, and their potential effect on the microbiome and immune system — Chemicals called SVOCs, emitted from household objects, are altering children’s microbiomes, Massive Science, January 5, 2021
- Short piece on recent research highlighting exploration by honey bees and a genetic predisposition to curiosity in bees carried between generations — Curious honey bees are more likely to have curious kids, Massive Science, November 19, 2020
- Long-form informational piece on the background and proposed release of genetically modified mosquitoes to fight the spread of disease in the Florida Keys — You should be excited that scientists are releasing 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes this year, Massive Science, September 27, 2020.
- Long-form piece on nectar-robbing behavior in bees as a learned behavior and the impact of stress on foraging abilities in bees — Nectar robbery by short-tongued bees is throwing off delicate pollination cycles, Massive Science, September 9, 2020.
- Response article to World Bee Day (May 20, 2020) on the beauty of native bees and the problems with focusing our attention on the non-native, domesticated honey bee — Native bees are better for the environment and altogether cooler than honey bees, Massive Science, May 21, 2020.
- Long-form science article on the prediction of the flowering season extension, causing longer and more severe seasonal allergy symptoms — Climate change will make allergy sufferers suffer a little bit longer each year, Massive Science, May 17, 2020.
- Medium article of the principles of invasion ecology — How to stop an invasion. Distributed by The Startup, a Medium blog with an audience of 632K, and by Medium curators to Environment and Science sections, May 5, 2020.
- Medium article on Asian Giant Hornet’s impact on honey bee monoculture in the US — Pollinator monocultures are a bigger threat to bees than the Giant Asian ‘Murder’ Hornet. Distributed by Age of Awareness, a Medium blog with audience of 27K, and by Medium curators to Environment and Outdoor sections, May 4, 2020.
- 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 pollinators. The Conversation US (Science + Technology Section), May 1, 2020.
- Article on how bees accumulate their microbiome from the environment for The Conversation US — Bees seeking bacteria: How bees find their microbiome, The Conversation US (Science + Technology Section), April 14, 2020.
- Op-ed on graduate student hardships in the face of COVID-19 pandemic turmoil across the country for The Scientist 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 consumers, The Conversation US (Science + Technology Section), February 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 via Medium (Snipettemag.com), February 13, 2020. Distributed by Medium curators in the ‘Outdoors’ section.
- 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 Magazine, January 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 via Medium (Snipettemag.com), January 10, 2020.
Public Radio and Interviews
- The Daily — quoted on Asian giant hornet introduction and sensationalizing of the news story in Seattle and worldwide — Why you shouldn’t freak out about that giant hornet (at least not yet), The Daily UW Newspaper, May 12, 2020.
- Healthline — quoted on Asian giant hornet introduction in Washington State — Do we really have to worry about murder hornets now? Healthline, May 8, 2020.
- Featured speaker on KUOW/NPR Seattle public radio (94.9) on giant asian hornets in northwest Washington on The Record with Bill Radke (produced by Sarah Leibovitz) — What a murder hornet is, and why it probably doesn’t deserve the name, May 4, 2020.
- Facebook Live interview with Science Magazine on essay content — ”What does being a scientist mean to you” — March 4, 2020 (major technological issues, but posted online — views = 300+)
- 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 Ep. #74, PolliNation, November 19, 2018 (repeat appearance Ep. #125, The Secret Life of Mason Bees, January 20, 2020).
Personal Blog Posts (Medium)
- How will quarantines impact the bees?, April 12, 2020. Distributed by Medium curators in the ‘Environment’ section.
- Being a grad student in Seattle in the time of COVID-19, March 9, 2020.
- My elevator pitch for genetic analysis of pollen, February 21, 2020.
- My elevator pitch for native bee science, February 12, 2020.
- Science is filled with failure. Grad school taught me how to fail forward., December 30, 2019.
- What’s the best thing you can do to save the honey bees? Stop worrying about the honey bees., November 20, 2019.
Prior to 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.
- 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 three-page magazine 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.