People

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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.

Maria van Dyke

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

Rachel Fordyce

Lab Technician
Research Interests — mason bees, bee-microbe interactions, bee-plant interactions.

Heather Grab

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

Jordan Kueneman

Post Doc
Research Interests — bee-microbe interactions, environmental microbiology.

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, ecology of temperate forest canopies, network & landscape ecology, biodiversity.

Trevor Sless

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

Mark Buckner

PhD Student

Research Interests — bee-microbe interactions, bee conservation, conservation policy. 

Nathalia Florez

PhD Student
Research Interests — bee systematics and phylogeny, bee-plant co-evolution, Emphorini. 

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.