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EEB students win awards at the Kansas Academy of Science and Kansas Entomolgical Society Meetings, Washburn Univerisity

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Three graduate students from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and 4 undergraduates from the Undergraduate Biology Program and Environmental Studies presented their work at the annual meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science and Kansas Entomological Society, held April 7th on the campus of Washburn University.  This was the 150th Annual Meeting of KAS and the 94th Annual Meeting of the KES.  All of our students were outstanding representatives for KU and EEB.  Chet Bhatta (see photo) received the KAS first place award for best poster by a graduate student, Paula Roy received the KES award for best poster by a graduate student and Daphne Mayes received the KES third place award for graduate student oral presentation.  Undergraduate students Maci Harford, Tony Pham, Sarah Anderson, and Kurt Edwardson presented posters based on their work in BIOL 420, Research on Kansas Native Bees (no mean feat, considering they have had approximately 5 days of warm spring weather during which bees were active!).  Next year’s joint meeting – the 95th for Kansas Entomological Society – will be held in March 2019, at Johnson Community College. 

  • Differences in foraging behavior of European and Asian honey bees in relation with temperatures and light intensity, C. P. Bhatta, D. M. Mayes & D. R. Smith
  • Dancing in the Dark: Assessing the use of wing ornamentation in female choice sexual selection, P.R. Roy and J. M. Gleason
  • Body size responses of Heriades spp. (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) to local and landscape level resources in tallgrass prairie systems, D. M. Mayes, S. Anderson, D. K. Denning & D. R. Smith
  • The effect of temperature on Colletes inaequalis emergence, K. Edwardson.
  • You go girl! Dispersal of female polyester bees (Colletes inaequalis), M. Harford, T. Pham & S. Anderson.


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