Field Associate, Invertebrate Zoology
Rutgers University, M.S., 2009
Tufts University, B.S., 1999
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, B.F.A., 1999
My interests include exploring the ways that human managed land can maintain ecological connections and sustain food web interactions by examining bee communities. I have worked on power line rights-of-way across the country, in agricultural areas, in urban, suburban, and rural sites (collaborators include New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Oregon State University, USGS, Army Corps of Engineers, EPRI). My expertise is in bee identification.
In New York City I collaborate with land managers (including at Green-Wood Cemetery, Naval Cemetery Landscape, NYC Parks, The HighLine, Carl Schurz Park, Madison Square Park, The Battery Conservancy) to investigate the bee communities they support, implement sustainable landscaping practices, and interpret data into educational materials and programs. As a member of the NYC Pollinator Working Group, I was part of the team that put together a policy paper suggesting limits for the number of Western Honey Bee hives kept in the city.
Native bees provide critical ecosystem services, and they are in decline. Understanding the geographical ranges, habits and flight seasons of our native bees gives us baseline knowledge that we can use to monitor the health of bee populations and work to conserve the environment that provides the resources they need. This knowledge can activate policy makers, land managers and individuals to learn more, to teach others and to make changes.
If you are interested in learning more about Honey Bees, here is an informative publication from Xerces Society.
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