Lab News

Research News

Below are some highlights of recent activities in the lab.

RCN website goes live

The US National Native Bee Monitoring Research Coordination Network (RCN) is now online.

Wild Bees Amidst the Trees

The New York Forest Owner, January/February 2020. Article on Kass Urban-Mead’s work on bee diversity in the forest canopy

Bees! Diversity, Evolution, Conservation

Our new exhibit, Bees! Diversity, Evolution, Conservation, opened September 27th, 2019 at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY. The exhibit will run through January 15, 2021.

Undergrad research

Cornell Daily Sun, 10 February, 2015. Article on Graham Montgomery’s work on Rediviva bees.

Thomas Say Award, 2014

Bryan Danforth was recently awarded the Thomas Say award from the ESA for significant work in the fields of insect systematics, morphology, or evolution.

All abuzz…

Cornell Alumni Magazine, 1 March, 2012. Cornell entomologists ponder the pollinators.

Empire State Native Pollinator Survey

Our lab is involved in a state-wide survey of bees and other pollinators as part of an effort led by the NY Natural Heritage Program to develop an “Empire State Native Pollinator Survey”. The goal of the Empire State Native Pollinator Survey is to determine the conservation status of a wide array of native insect pollinators in nonagricultural habitats, including bees.

The project will involve extensive surveys throughout NY state to help determine the conservation status of the most important pollinators in the state, with a focus on Andrena, Megachile, Melissodes, Macropis, and Bombus. In addition to the extensive surveys we will be conducting targeted habitat surveys, focused on habitats that are rare of threatened and targeted species surveys, focused on specific taxa including oil bees in the genus Macropis and bumble bees. The project will have a significant “citizen science” component.