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February  2024

Congrats! to  Shayne Dodge.  Shayne received research funding from the Michael and Linda Tiernan Scholarship and Research Fund to continue his work on metabolism of diapausing bumble bees.

Photo by Jon Harrison

February  2024

Great work! to  Jordan Glass.  Jordan’s recent work was featured in the University of Wyoming’s news.  See Article


January  2024

Congrats! to  Jordan Glass for his recent publication: “Flying, nectar-loaded honey bees conserve water and improve heat tolerance by reducing wingbeat frequency and metabolic heat production”.  View Publication

 


January  2024

Congrats! to  Jordan Glass for his recent publication: “Heat-stressed lizards slow their metabolism, but at a cost”.  View Publication

 


January  2024

Great work! to  Jordan Glass, Ellen Keaveny, and Sarah Waybright.  Jordan, Ellen, and Sarah presented their work at the Society for Integrative Biology conference in Seattle, Washington.

 


December 2023

Congratulations! to Ellen Keaveny for her recent publication: “Metabolomes of bumble bees reared in common garden conditions suggest constitutive differences in energy and toxin metabolism across populations”.  View Publication

 


November 2023

Great work! to Sarah Waybright.  Sarah presented her work at the Building our Methods by Using Sound Science (BOMBUSS 3.0) conference in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

 


November 2023

Congrats! to Shayne Dodge.  Shayne received a Wyoming IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant for work to discover areas of mitochondrial regulation responsible for metabolic suppression in dormant bumble bee queens.

 


November 2023

Great work! to  Jordan Glass.  Jordan presented at the Entomological Society of America conference in Washington, D.C.

 


October 2023

Congrats! to Sabrina White for her recent publication: “Climate warming and bumble bee declines: the need to consider sub-lethal heat, carry-over effects, and colony compensation”.  View Publication

 


October 2023

Welcome back! Anna Cressman.  Anna has rejoined the lab to help with digitizing insect specimen records.

 


September 2023

Congratulations! to Ellen Keaveny, Sarah Waybright, and Claire Campion for their recent publication: “It is buzziness time: rearing, mating, and overwintering Bombus vosnesenskii (Hymenoptera: Apidae)”.  View Publication

 


August 2023

Congrats! to Ellen Keaveny for receiving the Dr. George E. Menkens Memorial Scholarship for for Fall 2023.

 


June 2023

Welcome! Jordan Glass.  Jordan joins us as a post-doctoral researcher and will be doing work at the UW-NPS Research Station in Grand Teton National Park.

 


May 2023

Congratulations! to Sabrina White.  Sabrina received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program award.


May 2023

Congratulations! to Rachel Sucharski.  Rachel received her BS in Physiology and will be starting as a Non-invasive Carnivore Survey Technician with Oregon State University this summer.  We’ll miss you, Rachel!


May 2023

Congratulations! to Michael Dillon.  Michael received the 2023 Presidential Scholarly Achievement Award.


April 2023

Great work! to Rachel Sucharski.  Rachel presented her current work on water balance in bumble bees at University of Wyoming’s Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Day.


February 2023

Congratulations! to Claire Campion for her recent publication, “Sperm can’t take the heat: Short-term temperature exposures compromise fertility of male bumble bees (Bombus impatiens).” View Publication


January 2023

Great work! to Ellen Keaveny for presenting at the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.  Ellen was also asked to comment for Science on recent work presented at the meeting by Eric Riddell.  View Article


December 2022

Congratulations to Claire Campion for successfully defending her Master’s thesis! Nice work MS Campion!


November 2022

Congratulations to Shayne Dodge for passing his preliminary exams and advancing to candidacy!  Nice work PhC Dodge!


November 2022

Great work! to Claire Campion for her poster presentation at the Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Claire was also featured for her work in the University of Wyoming news article “UW Science Initiative Educators Present Active-Learning Projects at Preeminent Teaching Conference.”


November 2022

Great work! to Claire Campion, Ellen Keaveny, Sarah Waybright, and Taylor Hatcher for their presentations at the 2022 Entomological Society of America conference in Vancouver, BC.


November 2022

Congratulations to Sarah Waybright for passing her preliminary exams and advancing to candidacy!  Nice work PhC Waybright!


November 2022

Great work! to Shayne Dodge for his PhD candidate proposal talk.


October 2022

Great work! to Sarah Waybright.  Sarah presented her PhD candidate proposal talk at a  University of Wyoming Zoology & Physiology Brown Bag Seminar.


September 2022

Congrats! to Ellen Keaveny for her recent publication: “Phat Queens Emerge Fashionably Late: Body Size and Condition Predict Timing of Spring Emergence for Queen Bumble Bees”.  View Publication


August 2022

Welcome! Sabrina White.  Sabrina will be pursuing a master’s degree in Zoology & Physiology.


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!