There is tremendous interest in honey bees and wild bees in Minnesota. State and federal agencies as well as private landowners are creating habitat for wild bees. I am looking forward to working with these groups to better understand how to implement these habitats and manage for wild bee diversity. Also, there is so little known about the native bees of Minnesota. This leads to an incredible opportunity to uncover basic biology and ecology of these important insects. We are still uncertain how many species are found in Minnesota. There are numerous new discoveries to be made throughout the state.
I am eager to collaborate with the faculty in Entomology and throughout the university. It is an impressive group of scientists. This stimulating environment is perfect for developing new ideas and research questions. Finally, the new Bee Research Center presents a unique opportunity to develop a research program that addresses key questions in wild bee ecology. The interest and support for wild bee ecology is truly extraordinary in the state of Minnesota and the University. I can’t imagine a better place to build my research program.
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