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We are an interactive group with graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs and researchers exploring bee evolution and ecological interactions. If you would like to learn more about joining the lab, see our Join the Lab page.

Bryan N. Danforth

Principal Investigator
Research Interests — bee phylogeny, evolution, molecular systematics, and biodiversity.

Jessica Gillung

Research Interestsphylogenetics, macroevolution, Diptera, Hymenoptera, historical biogeography, diversification.

Maria van Dyke

Lab Manager
Research Interests — bee nesting ecology, effects of pesticides on bees, outreach education, bee-ecosystem conservation planning.

Heather Grab

Post Doc
Research Interests — phylogenetics, community ecology, landscape ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Elizabeth Murray

Post Doc
Research Interests — phylogenetics, macroevolution, diversification, historical biogeography, Hymenoptera.

Mary Centrella

Director of Pesticide Management Education Program; former PhD student
Research Interests — pollination ecology, conservation, pollinator health, landscape ecology.

Silas Bossert

PhD Candidate
Research Interests — evolution, phylogenetics, bioinformatics, life-history transitions, biogeography.

Katherine “Kass” Urban-Mead

PhD Candidate
Research Interests — pollination services, forest bees, network & landscape ecology, biodiversity.

Trevor Sless

PhD Candidate
Research Interests — brood parasitism, evolution, genomics, population genetics.

Abby Davis

Undergraduate Researcher
Research Interests — Pollinator health, disease ecology, fungal biology, conservation.

Anna Espinoza

Undergraduate Researcher
Research Interests — Bee diversity, phylogenetics, Andrena.

Jacob Gorneau

Undergraduate Researcher
Research Interests — arthropod diversity and evolution.

Frances Fawcett

Part-time Illustrator
Professional expertise — acrylic painting, carbon dust, line drawings, scratchboard, colored pencil techniques, as well as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Erin Krichilsky

Science Nomad
Research Interests — bee biology and diversity, larval ecology, microbial interactions, symbiosis

Past Visiting Scientists

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Past Members

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Join the Lab

We invite inquiries from qualified post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students who are interested in studying bees or wasps.