I can expect this encounter to go one of two ways. This is a woman with an insatiable appetite for learning, whose scholastic intrigue cannot keep her from asking me what I am doing, OR she is a slightly disgruntled neighbor. She is the latter.
Pink-striped oakworms are chomping on oak trees in Raleigh right now and leaving piles of frass (poop) in their wake. Spot them on your trees by looking for branches with all of their leaves chewed off.
Insects experience the environment at much smaller scales than people do. Some insects may not move more than a block in their lives. We figured bees that can't tolerate heat won't be found in hot parts of town and did a study to determine if that's true.
What would be the easiest citizen science project ever? Watching paint dry? Falling off a log? Maybe. But what would you, or anyone else, learn from that? We are starting a citizen science project almost [...]
Say you are on a road trip. You fall asleep, head lodged against the (hopefully passenger side) window. The last thing you see before drifting off is a string of stores: Starbucks, Target, Bed Bath [...]
Two years ago Elsa Youngsteadt and I from NC State joined forces with Dave Smitley, Heidi Wollaeger, and others from Michigan State University to organize the first national conference related to pollinator conservation in ornamental [...]
A spider in the family Anyphaenidae has made its home on a twig infested with scale insects. Photo: Emily Meineke, Harvard University I think by now most people accept that we can’t hope [...]
Climate change is generally considered bad for people, earth’s biomes, and, of course, polar bears. But as the climate warms will all critters suffer? Will they all be affected the same way? No. In addition [...]
Dr. David Smitley at Michigan State University helps organize the national Protecting Pollinators in Ornamental Landscapes Conference that took place in 2015 in North Carolina and will be held again in Michigan in October 2017. [...]
This is a guest post from our former student (now postdoc at Harvard) Emily Meineke. Through years of studying urban trees and the insects that eat them, we, the Frank lab, have discovered that warming [...]