Some visual documentation from our adventures in science and life.
Paul & Zoe Birdie sampling Distegia nectar (but also looking for "flower fairies" according to Zoe).
Alex hard at work processing fruits from her Chicago pollination ecology project.
Amelia and Vicky sharing their knowledge of the fascinating world of pollination at a "Meet A Scientist" event in Chicago!
Did you know the lab has a long history playing for the Gothic Cricket Club? Here we have three of our 2021 stars from the "Bombus Bombers": Gwen, Jane (team captain), and Vicky.
"Galena Cabin Hair Salon"
Vicky keeping track of pollinator visitation rates to Delphinium flowers.
Secret Camp Spot
A really fun time at The Secret Camp Spot with a really fun group of scientist goof balls.
Aevan and Izzy staying cool as we finish up Delphinium demography.
Sometimes all you need is a little X-RAY VISION.
Paul deep in lupin count. (Photo: Gwen Kirschke)
Isaac learns some of the tricks of the floral nectar trade.
Post-demography field day yoga (led by Mika).
Alex & Amy setting up experimental cucumber plants at an urban farm in Chicago.
Amy and Jane enjoying post-field work treats on the Galena porch.
Lunchtime discussion with Mary and Nick (food was good).
Friday night at the RMBL.
Zoe Birdie preparing for lab work.
Jane & Will before a hike to Monkey Lakes.
Paul and Zoe Birdie conducting a bumble bee floral resource survey during Spring 2020.
A climb up the face of Avery.
The field team begins the Potentilla demography census. From left to right: Jackie, Donny, Jane, Will, and Marie.
Lupinus bakeri: albino and not albino.
Justin searching for early season bumble bee queens.
Bee in a bee squeezer.
Vicky (a.k.a. "VGD") on the lookout for pollinators of Hydrophyllum fendleri (a.k.a. HYFE).
Gwen & Justin "spinning for nectar and pollen".
Jane & Justin bump into each other on the way to field sites and trade notes on bumble bees and flower counts.
Paul in his reflective field outfit standing with some tall mountain gentians.
When you spend all summer measuring plant demography with the same five people, you start to go a little crazy. From left to right: Vicky, Jackie, Donny, Janey, and Marie.
Zoe Birdie spent a good few hours cleaning a few microcentrifuge tubes.
Gwen & Jane counting flowers.
Amy, Will, and Paul cranking out some vital rate analyses.
Gwen taking notes on floral resources.
Students in Paul's plant-animal interaction class set up experimental clay caterpillars around campus.
Paul speaks at The Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan on network flexibility.
Searching for serviceberry pollinators on the 606 Trail in Chicago.
Andrea talks about bumble bee life history and the importance of other wild bees at the CBG UnEarth Science Festival.
Searching for field sites with Amy and Will.
Early season field work.
Making mind maps with Nick and Mary at Northwestern University.
Experimental plant demography.
Justin uses the "Opti-Visor" to collect nectar.
Iler + CaraDonna Field Team (summer, 2018). Left to right: Justin Bain, Donny Ingold, Drake Mullett, Jane Ogilvie, Zoe Birdie, Paul CaraDonna, Amy Iler, Karen Wang, and Sasha Figel (not pictured, Atticus Murphy).
Justin "mines" for pollen.
Iler + CaraDonna Lab Group (fall, 2018). Clockwise from bottom left: Andrea Gruver, Diana Jerome, Amelia Litz, Sarah Walwema, Amy Iler, Zoe Birdie, Marie Faust, Drake Mullett, Justin Bain (not pictured: Paul CaraDonna & Sam Danguilan).
Just a typical day in the office (with Ian Breckhiemer, Drake Mullet, and Donny Ingold).
The nectar collection toolbox.
Mini-lab summit of Avery.
Zoe Birdie gathering her research supplies.
Early season Iler + CaraDonna Field Team.
Gentian demography in Schofield Park.
Paul, Nick, and Zoe Birdie setup a seed bank experiment.
Former Bronstein Lab members reunite for "Weenie Hour" in New Orleans at ESA 2018.
Atticus Murphy (summer student) collecting nectar in Schofield Park.
Rachel Dickson (NSF REU, 2017) and Justin are serious about plant-pollinator interactions.
Paul and younger brother Chris in Utah on a road trip from Tucson to Colorado (spring, 2017).
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