MEET THE B-Team
Israel Del Toro, Ph.D. Much of my research focuses on the important ecosystem services provided by social insects that often go unappreciated. I use observational studies, experiments, spatial and statistical species distribution models to measure and predict the effects of a changing climate on ecosystem processes and biodiversity. I normally work on ants but bees are my latest challenge!
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Relena R. Ribbons, Ph.D. I am a Forests for Nature and Society (FONASO) Fellow and received my Ph.D. from Bangor University and the University of Copenhagen.
I am broadly interested in community ecology with a focus on
forest nutrient cycling, disturbance dynamics, soil ecology,
and ecosystem structure and function.
Hi! My name is Maggie Anderson and I'm a senior from Lawrence
University double-majoring in biology and music. I first became interested in bees when I started beekeeping on my farm in high school and I have since made it my goal to educate others about the current pollinator crisis and what they can do to help. I am involved in the Appleton Pollinator Project because it is exactly that: a way to help pollinators in urban environments by understanding their habitat needs. The project also speaks to the type of research that I hope to do in the future, as my current interests include spatial ecology, conservation biology, and entomology.
Hi! My name is Floréal Crubaugh and I am a junior at Lawrence University. I’m studying biology and English, and my research interests include conservation biology and community ecology. This summer I am sampling plant and soil microbe diversity at our study sites to better understand the factors that influence community composition and structure. I’m a beekeeper and the bee manager for the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden, or SLUG, so I’m excited to be studying native bees as well!
My name is Cady Greenslit and I am a recent Lawrence grad. My research interests are behavior as well as molecular ecology. In the past, I have used molecular techniques and DNA to understand more about my favorite native bees, bumble bees! However, recently, I am now employed as one of the lab managers role. I help ensure all our projects are running smoothly.
My name is Emily Hill and I'm a senior biology and Spanish major from DeForest, WI. I am interested in studying urban ecology and conservation biology. This past year, I became involved with the Appleton Pollinator Project and I am staying on campus to do research this summer. In addition to studying bee diversity, I am also measuring floral diversity of our study sites.
Hi! I’m Heidi Kroth and I’m a junior at Lawrence University. I’m studying studio art, German, and pre-med, but my research interests include conservation and land management to improve bee habitats. I became a part of the Appleton Pollinator Project after taking a class with Israel. His offer of extra credit lured me into volunteering with HIVE installation, and I’ve been hooked on bees ever since!
Hi! My name's Jessica Robyns and I'm a senior at Lawrence. I'm double majoring in biology and environmental studies. I became involved in the project this summer when I got the opportunity to study ground-nesting bees at Bjorklunden, Lawrence's second campus in Door County. I'll be spending this summer learning about the bees of Bjork and will continue collecting and analyzing data until I graduate next spring.
Hi! I'm Emily Stanislawski and I am a recent Lawrence Biology grad who mostly has been involved with the community outreach aspect of the project. However, recently, I have transitioned into more of a lab manager role and am helping ensure all our projects are running smoothly. My major research interests lie in entomology, science education, and science communication.
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