I joined Michigan State University in February 2017 and will be working in both the Szendrei and Isaacs labs. In the Isaacs lab I am involved in the closing stages of the Michigan blueberry component of the Integrated Crop Pollination project. As a pollinator dependent crop, blueberry is reliant on managed honeybees and wild bees to produce a marketable crop. Project ICP aims to understand how targeted management can benefit both bees and farmers, and the results from Michigan and several other blueberry producing regions in North America will inform the appropriate management of pollinators in blueberry agro-ecosystems.
More broadly, my research interests focus on wild bee ecology, taxonomy and conservation, in particular the pollen diet choices made by individual bee species. I completed my PhD in 2016 with Dave Goulson at the University of Sussex, UK. My work looked at flower-rich agri-environment schemes in England that are targeted at pollinators and assessed how effective they are at increasing bee abundance and diversity. This project utilised molecular techniques for quantifying bumblebee population size as well as more traditional bee survey techniques and species level identification. I have studied the bee faunas of Britain, Portugal and Panama and hope to find much of interest in the understudied fauna of Michigan.