Rachel Olsson is a graduate student at Washington State University and runs the blog What's the buzz? Her blog is shaping up to be a great resource on all things pollinators! Here you can listen to me talk about my research on her first podcast at minute 3:40
Here are some photos of the Agapostemon bee that I described in the podcast. Agapostemon bees, also known as sweat bees, are a common group of bees in North America. This was the most common bee that I collected last year (~1500 specimens). While they are very common in eastern Oregon, very little is known about which flowers they pollinate, which is something that I hope to discover with my research. I think that they are beautiful!
Lauren Smith is currently a PhD student at Oregon State University researching the effect of grassland restoration on native bee and spider communities. Visit her website here.