Author Archives: Miriam Richards

About Miriam Richards

Professor, scientist, farmer, etc.

February grads

Defending grad theses in February has be(e)come a habit in our lab.  Yesterday Lyndon Duff defended his thesis about body size effects on male mating strategies in eastern carpenter bees.  After a rush to finish all the official requirements, he’ll … Continue reading

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R-rhyme for an unproductive evening

For want of a comma, the index was lost For want of an index, the matrix was lost For want of a matrix, the output was lost For want of an output, my evening was lost. Could have been worse…

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Rapid initial recovery and long-term persistence of a bee community in a former landfill

We’re having an Andy Warhol day!  First, a nice piece in the Brock News about our recent paper on 10 years (yes, ten!) of bee monitoring at the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site.  Then some tweeting, including from NSERC and Canada’s Science Minister.  … Continue reading

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Dave and new RNA-Seq data, complete with certificate of authenticity and a cute little box to keep the data in!

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Yellow-faced bee on goldenrod

One of the last bees in our garden was this tiny little yellow-faced bee (Hylaeus), foraging on goldenrod in mid-September.  The bee loves the goldenrod.  Me, too.   I don’t really understand why so many people dismiss such beautiful blossoms as … Continue reading

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Look up – waaaay up….

There’s a bumblebee on one of these giant sunflowers in our garden (4 m tall!).   She was a big one – you can see her even though she was up there! 

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Pan-trapping Day 3, Year 14 (!!!)

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