Mary Centrella

August 2016: Growing plants for a diet study with bees in cages!

Fall 2015: Taking inventory of bee nests.

Fall 2015: Homogenizing pollen to quantify pesticide and diet content.

December 2015: X-rays of bees nests at the Vet School. This was not the weirdest thing the technician had X-rayed before. He also had X-rayed vats of ice cream from Cornell Dairy.

X-ray image of bee nests – you can see the head, thorax, and abdomen of adult bees, and the larva of inquiline wasps or bee larvae that did not survive to metamorphosis.

Photo courtesy Bryan Danforth: a cross-section of a mason bee nest in the spring. White spots are eggs on top of pollen provision mass. Mason bees use mud to close off each cell of the nest.

2012: NSF REU trip to Yana Yacu cloud forest in Ecuador with the University of Wyoming. This was part of a research project with Scott Shaw and Miranda Bryant. We are sorting through bamboo to look for potentially parasitized caterpillars. Featured here are Judith Herreid, myself, and Rhiannan Rubino.

Summer 2012: In the Wyoming Laramie Basin prairie collecting bee bowls with Olivia Nater, part of research in Dr. Michael Dillon’s lab at the University of Wyoming.

 

Check out the pollen library I created as part of a Wyoming EPSCoR project in Dr. Michael Dillon’s lab at the University of Wyoming:

Wyoming Prairie Plants SEM Images