Mary Centrella

I am interested in applying quantitative biology and landscape ecology to help us better understand solitary bees in the genus Osmia.  Because Osmia exhibit unique responses to stress, are hardy, and easy to manipulate, they can serve as model organisms for other solitary and/or native bees.  I am interested in quantifying some of their interesting ecological relationships, including pollination, distribution, and interspecific competition between a native and non-native species. I aim to quantify the effects pesticides and pathogens have on Osmia and to try to uncover what dictates these effects. Understanding these bees can give us insights into the broader world of crop-pollination, pesticide use, and the impacts of invasive species.

My interest in ecology stems from collection trips in the cloud forests of Ecuador during my undergraduate years. I received my BS in Zoology and BA in Spanish from the University of Wyoming. There, I worked on taxonomy of gall-wasps and pollen morphology with advisors Dr. Scott Shaw and Dr. Michael Dillon. I am currently a Ph.D. student in Entomology at Cornell University and am co-advised by Dr. Bryan Danforth and Dr. Katja Poveda.