Tag Archives: honeybees

Happy to be Arrive

Arrive We got a call from Brian about an hour before arriving in Kisii. “Is it raining where you are?” he asked. There were a few clouds in the sky, but nothing we hadn’t seen in the past 4 days of scorched travel though Naivasha and Nairobi. “No, all clear. See you in an hour!” Continue reading

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The Other “Heavy-Lifting”

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By the end of our field work, we should have several tubes full of preserved bees, a hard drive full of pictures (about 10 of which will be any good), and plenty of blogworthy/non-blogworthy stories (hopefully none of which involve malaria). This is all well and good, but at the end of the day only one question really matters: what exactly can we learn from a bunch of preserved bees? Continue reading

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Leaving for Kenya


Making sure all of our collection equipment and field gear are ready to go! I had a great time at the 2015 Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution in Conference in Vienna, Austria and was able to explore some of the surrounding area over the last two weeks. We depart today for Nairobi, where we will officially begin our research project. Our goal is to update our blog as much as possible over the next 18 days and share anything we learn about the status of Kenyan honeybee and pollinator health while we are in the field.


Unlike other species, bees aren’t tracking changes in climate

In North America and Europe, bee populations face many challenges: decades of inbreeding, pesticide use, and of course, climate change.

A recent study in the journal Science highlights some of these climate threats, and raises a disturbing finding: unlike other insects, bees aren’t adjusting their range by heading north to cooler climates.  Instead, they’re staying put as their range shrinks and deadly temperatures become more commonplace.  More here.

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