Kate’s dissertation is made possible by a community science partnership with Virginians across the Commonwealth collecting mason bees (genus Osmia) to assess wild bee health and diversity. These efforts have elucidated mechanisms as to why native mason bee species are declining in the mid-Atlantic United States, which is a story involving invasive bees, exotic fungal infections, and climate change. In collecting data for her dissertation, Kate has closely mentored over thirty U.Va. undergraduate students. She is also the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Kate has four published peer-reviewed articles and three forthcoming publications from her dissertation, and she has given over 70 presentations to members of the U.Va. community, the public, and national academic meetings. She will continue studying bee health and diversity as a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University.
Rapid spread of exotic mason bees (genus Osmia) and their potential risks to native Osmia species in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA