Hi there! I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Zoology at the University of Florida, researching bee ecology and conservation. I first got interested in bees in 2014 when I attended a talk on honey bee colony collapse disorder. I joined the researcher who gave that talk to do my undergraduate senior thesis on the impact of insecticides on honey bee larval development. After college, I went on to study other chemicals and their impacts to honey bees for a company that specializes in environmental toxicology. Learning about the threats to bees and their importance to people as pollinators, I came to see that a broader perspective was needed to address the multi-faceted threat faced by our pollinator friends. Coming to graduate school, I gained an appreciation for the larger biodiversity of bees (there are approximately 4000 bee species in North America!), as well as developed the skills I needed to study bee populations and communities. This project will be part of my dissertation on bee ecology and conservation and contribute to my completion of my Ph.D. program.