Doctoral candidate Maureen Web page
Doctoral candidate Maureen Web page of the laboratory of pollination ecologist/professor Neal Williams of the UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology, will current her exit seminar on “Impacts of Managed Honey Bees on Plant-Pollinator Mutualisms” at 10 a.m., Thursday, Could 26 in 122 Briggs Corridor and through Zoom.
Web page will current her dissertation analysis that investigates the impacts of accelerating honey bee abundance on plant-pollinator interactions and plant pollination. Her work means that honey bees cut back pollen and nectar availability in flowers, resulting in aggressive displacement of native bees.
“Aggressive displacement of native bees could in flip lower plant pollination as a result of native bees are sometimes simpler than native bees as pollinators,” Web page says. “My analysis means that such modifications are already occurring for Camassia quamash (small camas) following honey bee introductions within the Sierra Nevada.”
Web page is scheduled to obtain her doctorate in entomology in June 2022 after which start a postdoctoral fellowship with assistant professor Scott McArt at Cornell College, the place she’s going to examine patterns of interspecific pathogen transmission and the way extra sustainable beekeeping practices may mitigate the unfavourable results of competitors. McArt just lately delivered a seminar hosted by the UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology on “Pesticide Threat to Pollinators: What We Know and What We Must Know Higher.”
Web page holds a grasp’s diploma in entomology (2019) from UC Davis and a bachelor’s diploma in biology (2016), cum laude, from Scripps School, Claremont, Calif.
Extremely acknowledged for her work, Web page acquired a three-year $115,000 Nationwide Protection Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, funded by the Division of Protection. She was considered one of 69 recipients out of greater than 3600 candidates. She earlier gained a campuswide 2016-17 Graduate Students Fellowship of $25,200; a Vansell Scholarship in each 2018 and 2019; and Davis Society Botanical grants in 2017, 2018 and 2019. A 2018 Duffey-Dingle Analysis Fellowship additionally helped fund her analysis (optimizing pollinator plant mixes to concurrently help wild and managed bees).
Energetic within the Entomological Society of America and the Ecological Society of America, Web page scored a second-place award for her venture, “Optimizing Wildflower Plant Mixes to Help Wild and Managed Bees” in a 2021 pupil competitors hosted by the Entomological Society of America. She additionally offered “Impacts of Honey Bee Introductions on the Pollination of a Sierra Wildflower” on the August 2020 assembly of the Ecological Society of America, and “Can Visitation and Pollen Transport Patterns Predict Plant Pollination?” on the April 2019 assembly of the Pacific Department, Entomological Society of America.
A robust supporter of group outreach and STEM, Web page has been energetic in the summertime program, Women Out of doors Journey and Management (GOALS) since August 2017. The free program is focused for teenagers underrepresented in STEM. Web page has served as a program co-organizer, mentor and lecturer. A part of her work included serving to arrange the 2021 summer season program, main a lecture on introductory knowledge evaluation, and serving to college students with their group science venture (figuring out pollinators in city gardens).
Web page was additionally energetic in Middle for Land-Based mostly Studying, serving as a mentor within the Pupil and Landowner Training and Watershed Stewardship. She mentored highschool college students, participating them in hands-on conservation science at Say Hay Farm in Yolo County, and educating them about how wildflower plantings profit bees.
In July 2019, Web page collaborated with colleagues at Cornell and the College of Minnesota to current a workshop on the intersections of science and social justice, aiming to make science extra open and accessible.
Web page and postdoctoral researcher Charlie Casey Nicholson of Williams lab just lately co-authored the quilt story, A Meta-Evaluation of Single Go to Pollination Effectiveness Evaluating Honeybees and different Floral Guests, within the American Journal of Botany