We are interested in how developmental processes affect fitness outcomes in insects. Our work focuses on the impacts of larval stress, nutritional and temperature, on adult performance in agriculturally- relevant bee species.
Our overwintering research on bees is part of the ICE Network (Insect Cryobiology and Ecophysiology Network). The ICE Network brings together experts in genomics, gene regulation, physiology, and ecological modeling. We aim to make it possible to predict and manipulate overwintering phenotypes in three agriculturally-relevant bee species, setting the stage for improved management of those species and more accurate forecasting of wild and agricultural bee populations.