What We’re Reading- Feb 10, 2017

Buzzing Around the Bombus Phylogeny We previously discussed how phylogenetic trees can be useful tools for making conservation decisions, so this paper applying these ideas to the European bumblebee (Bombus) was right up our alley! In this analysis, 58 of the 68 species of bumblebees were categorized based on their IUCN Red List status, then analyzed…

Pollinators: Fashion forward, but in Decline

Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming in real life and in prints of your favorite designers. With flowers come the buzzing of bees, flies, and butterflies – important pollinators. When visiting flowers to forage on nectar and pollen, pollinators move pollen that gets stuck to their bodies from the anthers (male part of the plant) of one flower…

What we’re reading- Jan 31, 2014

Human-mediated change in population structure of ragweed This article (subscription) characterizes the genetic structure of contemporary and historical (from herbarium samples) ragweed. They find that population structure has changed in response to human influence on the landscape. Penguin chick survival This article (OA) estimates Magellanic penguin chick survival over 27 years. They observed that storm…