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Scott McArt, assistant professor of pollinator health. My main research interests are chemical and disease ecology, specifically in relation to pesticide and pathogen stress experienced by honey bees, bumble bees and other wild bees. I have a keen interest in working with stakeholders (e.g. beekeepers and growers) and regulatory agencies to improve pollinator health. This works well with my 60/40 research/extension appointment. Some more information on my background and interests is located here.

 

Paige Muñiz, lab manager. Paige is a bee systematics ninja. Her Masters research at St. Louis University with Gerardo Camilo and Mike Arduser focused on how urbanization and socioeconomic status impacts bee diversity in the midwest. She’s currently leading bee identification on our EEID disease in bees project, helping with identification on numerous other projects, and making sure our lab runs smoothly with her unrelenting positive attitude in her spare time!

 

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Nicolas Baert, research associate. Nico comes to us from Juha-Pekka Salminen’s lab at the University of Turku, Finland, where his PhD research focused on ellagitannin chemistry. At Cornell, Nico manages our Chemical Ecology Core Facility (CECF), which is housed in our shared lab space and features a Thermo TSQ Quantis HPLC-MS-MS, allowing us to investigate pesticide exposure and risk to bees.

 

Daiana De Souza, postdoctoral associate. Daiana’s research focuses on the developmental biology and physiology of bees. She’s currently looking into how stress from fungicide-insecticide and fungicide-parasite interactions can impact bee physiology and health. Before coming to Cornell, Daiana received her Masters and PhD from the University of São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, then worked as a postdoc in David Tarpy’s lab at NCSU, identifying causative factors affecting honey bee queen quality and production.

 

Wee Hao Ng, postdoctoral associate. Wee Hao’s background is in particle physics, where he worked on physics beyond the Standard Model for his PhD with Yuval Grossman at Cornell. He brings impressive modeling and theory skills to our EEID disease in bees project, where he is currently assessing how bees transmit parasites in complex plant-pollinator networks. Wee Hao is an avid birder and excellent natural historian.

 

Phoebe Koenig, technician. Phoebe has an impressive bee CV, having previously worked in Tom Seeley’s and Marla Spivak’s labs, then for a year and a half with the Bee Informed Partnership. She’s currently helping manage our research apiary and facilitating several experiments. When not working on our projects, Phoebe can be found strapping microchips to bees with Kristin Petersen to find out where they fly!

 

Casey Hale, technician. Casey recently finished her undergraduate degree in entomology at Cornell. We’re lucky to keep her for a semester while she continues to work on a project related to her senior thesis: what pesticides bees are exposed to during strawberry pollination, and whether those exposures impact pollination and subsequent strawberry yield. Casey’s favorite Hymenoptera family is Stephanidae, the crown wasps!

 

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Laura Figueroa, PhD student. Laura grew up in Colombia and Oklahoma, completing a BS at the University of Oklahoma in 2015. Laura’s dissertation is investigating how pathogens are transmitted in complex plant-pollinator networks. Check out her dance your PhD video, which combines her impressive science and salsa skills.

 

 

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Kass Urban-Mead, PhD student. Kass is co-advised by myself and Bryan Danforth. She completed a Masters in Os Schmitz’s lab at Yale, where she investigated how plant-pollinator networks are impacted by human land use gradients. For her PhD, Kass is using her network expertise to help apple growers improve management decisions related to pollination.

 

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Kaitlin Deutsch, PhD student. Kaitlin completed a Masters of Conservation at Oxford, where her thesis with Mark Brown investigated the potential for flies to be non-host vectors of bee pathogens. For her PhD, she is interested in understanding factors driving declines of native pollinator species, especially hoverflies.

 

 

Timothy Salazar, PhD student. Timothy is co-advised by myself and Steve Ellner in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Timothy is interested in theory and modeling of disease transmission among bees. Before coming to Cornell, he worked with Corrie Moreau at U Chicago and Dan Doak at CU Boulder.

 

 

Hailey Scofield, PhD student. Hailey is co-advised by myself and Cole Gilbert. Her PhD research is looking into how stress from transporting honey bee colonies on trucks impacts their foraging behaviors. When not working on her PhD, Hailey is also CEO of her company called Combplex.

 

 

Abby Davis, undergraduate researcher. Abby’s senior honors thesis is investigating the potential for hoverflies to be non-host vectors of bee pathogens. She hopes to one day work for an agricultural company and specialize in biological control.

 

 

Catherine Crosier, undergraduate researcher. Catherine is interested in all insects, and especially pollinators. She’s the current Cornell Beekeeping Club president and is helping Kaitlin look for “honey bee” viruses in hoverflies. Eventually, she’s hoping to work in outreach/policy to advocate for pollinators and for transforming the current agricultural system. She’s learning American Sign Language and her favorite sign is “mosquito”!

 

 

Dyce Lab Personnel: Our lab is part of the Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies. Personnel at the Dyce Lab include Emma Mullen (Honey Bee Extension Associate), Travis Grout (NYS Beekeeper Tech Team Economic Analyst), and Connor Hinsley (NYS Beekeeper Tech Team Technician).

 

Lab alumni/ae:

Dr. Aaron Iverson, postdoctoral associate (2017-2019), currently assistant professor at St. Lawrence University

Dr. Christine Urbanowicz, postdoctoral associate (2018-2019), currently AAAS Science Policy Fellow

Dr. Peter Graystock, NIH postdoctoral associate (2017-2018), currently Independent Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Nelson Milano, M.S., Masters student (2016-2018): “Comparative survival and fitness of bumble bee colonies in natural, suburban, and agricultural landscapes”

Ashley Fersch, lab manager (2016-2018)

Sarah Bluher, technician (2015-2016)

Sally Compton, undergraduate researcher, senior Honors thesis (2017): “Functional traits of wild bees predict pathogen prevalence”

Lauren Truitt, undergraduate researcher, senior Honors thesis (2017): “A trait-based model of disease transmission in plant-pollinator networks”

Emma Williams, undergraduate researcher.

Leeah Richardson, undergraduate researcher.

Olivia Miller, undergraduate researcher.

Jiawen Yang, undergraduate researcher.

Xavier Carroll, undergraduate researcher.

Julie Kapuvari, undergraduate researcher.

David Lewis, undergraduate researcher

Annika Salzberg, undergraduate researcher

Mahilet Kebede, undergraduate researcher

Marcel Ramos, undergraduate researcher

Josh Roberts, undergraduate researcher

Trebor Hall, undergraduate researcher

Rosie Nagele, undergraduate researcher

Emily Wafler, undergraduate researcher

Carlee Roberts, undergraduate researcher