We combine field research with laboratory manipulations and modeling to address questions at the interface of ecology, physiology, and evolution.
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!
Congratulations! to Michael Dillon. Michael received the 2023 Presidential Scholarly Achievement Award.
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.
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
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
Congratulations to Claire Campion for successfully defending her Master’s thesis! Nice work MS Campion!
Congratulations to Shayne Dodge for passing his preliminary exams and advancing to candidacy! Nice work PhC Dodge!
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.”
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.
Congratulations to Sarah Waybright for passing her preliminary exams and advancing to candidacy! Nice work PhC Waybright!
University of Wyoming Press Release: UW Scientist Joins Colleagues in ‘Warning on Climate Change and Insects’
Great work! to Sarah Waybright. Sarah presented her PhD candidate proposal talk at a University of Wyoming Zoology & Physiology Brown Bag Seminar.
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
Welcome! Sabrina White. Sabrina will be pursuing a master’s degree in Zoology & Physiology.
Congrats! to Claire Campion, who received a Carlton Barkhurst Fellowship which is funding a semester of writing!
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
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.
Great work! to the Dillon Lab members who presented at the International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki, Finland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Great work! to Rachel Sucharski for her presentation at Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day.
Great work! to Taylor Hatcher for her poster presentation at Wyoming INBRE Annual Research Conference.
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.
Listen to BBC CrowdScience featuring Michael’s work on alpine bumble bees: How high can insects fly?
Congratulations! to Claire Campion. Claire received an L. Floyd Clark Graduate Scholar Award.
Congratulations! to Ellen Keaveny, Sarah Waybright, and Travis Rusch for their recent publication “Supercooling points of freeze-avoiding bumble bees vary with caste and queen life stage”.
Congratulations! to Taylor Hatcher for successfully completing her undergraduate degree. Taylor will be joining us as a laboratory technician for the spring semester!
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
Congratulations! to Ellen Keaveny for winning 1st place in the Bee Biology category in the Entomology 2021 graduate student poster competition!
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!
Great work! to all the Dillon Lab members who presented at the Entomology 2021 conference in Denver, Colorado!
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
Dillon Lab members helped a local Girl Scout troop earn their insect badges. Thank you to Claire Campion, Sarah Waybright, and Ellen Keaveny!
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
Congratulations to Ellen Keaveny for passing her preliminary exams and advancing to candidacy! Nice work PhC Keaveny!
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!
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.
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!