The conservation status and uncertain future of Vermont's native bees
March 03, 2020
Did you know there are over 300 species of wild bees in Vermont? At least, that's the current estimate - but since there has never been a full survey of the state’s bees, it is very difficult to know whether Vermont's bee populations are healthy or declining.
Enter the Vermont Wild Bee Survey (VTBees). This ambitious, multi-year project represents the first step in assessing bee populations across Vermont. Last summer, the VTBees team collected more than 9,000 specimens throughout Chittenden County. Then, in an effort to build a comprehensive database of Vermont's bee fauna, the team spent the winter tracking down specimens in museums around the state. They found many surprises in 2019, and they’re certain many more are yet to come.
Spencer Hardy of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies joined us to discuss all things buzzy and fuzzy, and to dish out the inside scoop about the trials and tribulations of studying bees, and the current status and future plans of the VTBees project.
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Stone tools: exploring the lives of New England's first human inhabitants
January 08, 2019
Over 12,000 years ago what would become New England was a very different place. Open tundra in
place of forests, huge herds of migratory caribou replacing our familiar whitetails and moose. This was
the world of the Paleoindians, the first human populations to settle this area. While our knowledge of
these first Native American groups is limited to stone tools, these materials can help us understand life
during the Ice Age here in our own backyard. Dr. Nathaniel Kitchel, Dartmouth College.
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Backyard crickets and tropical katydids: The amazing world of insect sound and vibration
November 07, 2017
The ability to detect, process, and react to cues in the environment underlies nearly every aspect of an animal’s life, from finding mates and food to avoiding predators. Therefore, to understand organisms, we must understand how they recognize stimuli to make decisions and how the process of recognition evolves, diverges, and interacts with ecological context. Dr. Laurel Symes, Dartmouth College.
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How warmer soils can affect climate change: From the Arctic to your backyard
February 06, 2018
What do dog sledding and being stalked by a polar bear have to do with the terrestrial carbon cycle? Come find out, with a Whistling Pig Red Ale in hand, while casually learning about the interactions among plants, soils, and atmospheric CO2. Dr. Caitlin Hicks Pries, Dartmouth College.
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Introducing Homo naledi
November 01, 2016
Suds & Science returned to the Norwich Inn on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm. Paleoanthropologist Dr. Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College, introduced us to Homo naledi - a new human ancestor from the cradle of humankind in South Africa. Jeremy has studied wild chimpanzees in Western Uganda, early human fossils in Museums throughout eastern and South Africa, and his anatomical expertise-- the human foot and ankle-- has contributed to our understanding of the origins and evolution of upright walking in the human lineage.
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Presettlement Forests of New England
May 05, 2015
Dr. Charlie Cogbill has spent a large part of his career studying a forest that no longer exists: the pre-settlement forest in New England and New York. His primary research tools are archives, located in town halls and other repositories, of land surveys made during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Many of these archives contain “lotting” surveys – the survey by which the proprietors of a new town divided the town into lots, which were then sold or granted to the earliest settlers. At each lot corner, the surveyors tended to place a monument, often a post or stake or a pile of stones. They also routinely made mention of a nearby “witness tree.” Through statistical analysis and a reliance on his background in field ecology, he has been able to paint a detailed and localized picture of what the forests of New England and New York looked like back when those forests were being settled by Europeans.
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April 07, 2015
VCE loon biologist, Eric Hanson, just got back from a regional meeting of loon biologists and managers, Eric will share new research on migration, translocation experiments, red-throated loons, social chaos, and lead toxicity. Where the stories will go from there is anyone’s guess, but it is sure to be an entertaining evening full of lively discussion.
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