Author Archives: Miriam Richards

About Miriam Richards

Professor, scientist, farmer, etc.

Pan-trapping Day 3, Year 14 (!!!)

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Recommended read: THE KEPLER CODE by Paul McKay

I’m a biologist who studies bee behaviour and ecology, and I love well written books with actual plots, so this sci-fi novel was right up my alley.  Set in a future time that might not be as distant as we … Continue reading

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Morning surprise: a new paper I didn’t quite realise I had coauthored…

The third thing I did this morning was check my email (I’ve learned never to check my email first thing – there are so many better ways to start the day).  I was surprised to find a Google notification about … Continue reading

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A microscope demo produces some great sweat bee pics for us

The specimen is a male Agapostemon virescens captured in 2015. Look closely at the  antennae – are those tiny mites or spots?  The microscope is made by Keyence.

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New paper: Experimentally induced alloparental care in a solitary carpenter bee

New paper by former MSc student,Vern Lewis, now a PhD student at the University of Guelph. The link allows free downloads until 24 January. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UA3ImjLeuCr

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Another major accomplishment for the Bee Lab:  Winner of the departmental ugly Christmas sweater contest

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First impressions from an academic member of the Board of Trustees

Last spring, I was elected to the Senate of my University, and then was selected as a Senate representative on the Board of Trustees.  Being on both Senate and the Board is quite interesting, because Senates and Boards represent different … Continue reading

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