Mackenzie moved to PA this past spring and was a bit concerned about leaving Tennessee; fortunately, the Tooker lab help her make a sMOOOth transition!
Brandon Wilt shares some thoughts on his summer working in the Tooker lab
Masoomi's first summer in the Tooker lab has been full of new insights to the arthropod ecology in agricultural fields
Graduate student Anthony Vaudo has determined that bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals. We found that bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen, and that this ability helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diets. Here is the citation and a link to the paper: Vaudo, Anthony D., Harland M. Patch, David A. Mortensen, John F. Tooker, and Christina M. Grozinger. 2016. Macronutrient ratios in pollen shape bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) foraging strategies and floral preferences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. http://www.pnas.org/content/113/28/E4035.abstract.html?etoc