Center for Pollinator Research
& Insect Biodiversity Center

Celebrating insect diversity in science and practice
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Featured News Stories

USDA grant to support expansion of online tool for pollinator conservation

A Penn State-led research team has received a nearly $950,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to create the next generation of an online decision-support tool designed to help conserve pollinator populations across the United States.

Social bees or wasps on your property? Read our new PSU Extension Notes on their biology and management

Social organisms live together in groups and interact with others of the same species. When social insects take up residence near our homes, conflicts can arise. What can we do when bees and wasps are nesting in or near the home?

Five-Step Decision Support: Nesting Bees and Wasps Near Homes >>

Common Social Bees and Wasps of Pennsylvania >>
Dr. Christina Grozinger discusses current research in The Engineering Edge podcast

Discover how temperature sensors are helping fight the decline of one of nature’s most important pollinators.

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Upcoming Seminars & Events

ESSC Climate Dynamics Seminar Series (Wed, Apr 21 @ 11:15)
Envisioning a climate consortium: What is a university’s role in combating climate change?
By Dr. Erica Smithwick, Penn State
SAFES Workshop Series: Catalyzing Your Research (Thurs, Apr 22 @ 3:00)
NSF Program Opportunities
By Dr. Anne Sylvester, Program Director of the National Science Foundation
Michigan Pollinator Initiative Webinar Series (Thurs, Apr 22 @ 7:00PM)
The buzz about native bees: The multiple interacting factors that contribute to recent native bee declines
By Dr. Michelle Fearon, University of Michigan
Penn State Entomology Department Seminar (Fri, Apr 23 @ 11:10)
Myth and reality of the global pollination crisis
By Dr. Marcelo Aizen, Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Bariloche (Argentina)
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