Dr. Adam Smith's Recent Grant Awards

Adam Smith
October 06, 2014

Dr. Adam Smith of the Biology Department was recently awarded two research grants:

1. Dr. Smith received a grant in collaboration with William Wcislo of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama from the Smithsonian Institution-George Washington University Opportunity Fund.  The grant will fund field work using tropical bees to test whether maternal manipulation of offspring developmental environment (specifically limiting nutrition and increasing social aggression) causes daughters to stay at the nest as workers rather than disperse to reproduce.

2. Dr. Smith also received a grant in collaboration with T'ai Roulston from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the effects of sulfoxaflor, a new neonicotinoid pesticide, on the alfalfa leaf cutter bee Megachile rotundata, a solitary bee that is the primary managed pollinator of alfalfa crops. They will tests for behavioral, physiological, and neurobiological effects, with the goal of establishing thresholds of application that repel the pests of alfalfa without harming its pollinator.

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