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August 2022

Congrats! to Claire Campion, who received a Carlton Barkhurst Fellowship which is funding a semester of writing!


August 2022

Congrats! to Michael Dillon, coauthor on a recent publication led by Jesse Alston: “Daily torpor reduces the energetic consequences of microhabitat selection for a widespread bat”.  View Publication


July 2022

We are pleased to hear that our collaborative NSF grant (with over a dozen other institutions) was recently funded. The iDigBees network will work toward complete digitization of US bee collections to promote more research on this key clade. Contact Michael if you have an interest in specimen digitization as we have positions available.


July 2022

Great work! to the Dillon Lab members who presented at the International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki, Finland.


June 2022

Thank you! to Claire Campion and Sarah Waybright.  Claire and Sarah helped community members identify native pollinators at Guernsey State Park during the annual Wyoming BioBlitz, an event to find, identify, and learn about Wyoming native species.


June 2022

Thank you! to Claire Campion, Ellen Keaveny, and Sarah Waybright.  Claire, Ellen, and Sarah guided community members in making origami bees and paper out of plants at the Science Loves Art Pollinator & Steamroller Print Festival.


May 2022

Thank you! to Shayne Dodge, Ellen Keaveny, and Sarah Waybright.  Shayne, Ellen, and Sarah presented information and specimens at Science Kids/Wyoming PBS: Blooms for Bees & Butterflies in Sheridan, Wyoming.


May 2022

Great work! to Claire Campion, Ellen Keaveny, and Sarah Waybright.  Claire, Ellen, and Sarah presented posters for the Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP) on their recent work in classrooms with active learning.


April 2022

Congratulations! to Claire Campion.  Claire was accepted into the LAMP Educator’s Learning Community (ELC) called “Leaving the Light On” which will facilitate her ongoing work on game-based learning in Wyoming classrooms.

Play the Bumble of Bees game!


April 2022

Great work! to Rachel Sucharski for her presentation at Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day.


April 2022

Great work! to Taylor Hatcher for her poster presentation at Wyoming INBRE Annual Research Conference.


April 2022

Congratulations! to Sarah Waybright for her recent NASA fellowship award.


March 2022

Congratulations! to Ellen Keaveny for her recent grant award from the University of Wyoming-National Parks Service Small Grants Program to study the influence of season and climate on montane bumble bee physiology and abundance.


March 2022

Listen to BBC CrowdScience featuring Michael’s work on alpine bumble bees: How high can insects fly?


January 2022

Congratulations! to Claire Campion.  Claire received an L. Floyd Clark Graduate Scholar Award.


December 2021

Congratulations! to Taylor Hatcher for successfully completing her undergraduate degree.  Taylor will be joining us as a laboratory technician for the spring semester!

 


December 2021

Great work! to Rachel Sucharski for her Wyoming Research Scholar poster presentation!

 


November 2021

Congratulations! to Ellen Keaveny, Claire Campion, and Taylor Hatcher for their honors from University of Wyoming’s Own It!, an organization dedicated to recognizing women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  All three women received honors for their contributed posters, and Claire received additional honors for her service.  Read Article

 


November 2021

Congratulations! to Ellen Keaveny for winning 1st place in the Bee Biology category in the Entomology 2021 graduate student poster competition!

 


November 2021

Congratulations! to Taylor Hatcher for winning 2nd place in the Behavior, Ecology, Vector Biology and Management, and Other category in the Entomology 2021 undergraduate student poster competition!

 


November 2021

Great work! to all the Dillon Lab members who presented at the Entomology 2021 conference in Denver, Colorado!

 


September 2021

Recent publication featured on the cover of Trends in Ecology & Evolution!

Woods, H.A., Pincebourde, S., Dillon, M.E. and J.S. Terblanche. 2021. Extended phenotypes: buffers or amplifiers of climate change? Trends in Ecology & Evolution. View Publication

 


August 2021

Dillon Lab members helped a local Girl Scout troop earn their insect badges.  Thank you to Claire Campion, Sarah Waybright, and Ellen Keaveny!


June 2021

Congratulations to Claire Campion for her recent publication!

Campion, C., Rajamohan, A. and J.P. Rinehart. 2021. Cryopreservation of seminal vesicle derived spermatozoa from Bombus impatiens and Apis mellifera – Implications for artificial insemination of bumble bees. Cryopreservation. View Publication

 


May 2021

Congratulations to Ellen Keaveny for passing her preliminary exams and advancing to candidacy!  Nice work PhC Keaveny!


May 2021

Ethan Rowe! graduated from UW with a BS in Zoology and is joining Dr. Michael Smith’s laboratory  at Auburn University for his PhD in Fall 2021. We’ll miss you Ethan!


March 2021

Congratulations to  Claire Campion!  who received an L. Floyd Clark Research Scholarship to continue her work on the temperature dependence of gamete viability in Bombus.


December 2020

Congratulations to  Sarah Waybright!  who received a 1st place President’s Prize for her virtual talk on overwintering bumble bees at the Entomology 2020 annual meeting!


November 2020

Insects move to higher elevations as Earth warms

See the article or listen to the interview on Wyoming Public Media!