April: Jason passed his quals. Welcome to candidacy, now the real work begins!

First paper of 2016 out in Ecology and Evolution: Population genomics of divergence among extreme and intermediate color forms in a polymorphic insect!



-80 ultracold compressor went today! WOO. But we got to make a snowman in Alabama, in October. So that’s kind of fun.


Graduate student Sarah Duncan got one of her first dissertation papers published in Molecular Ecology. Congrats!

A nice article about our NSF research by Chris Bryant (photos by Zach Riggins) at UA Press: “The Bees...I Just Quite Like Them”



It was pollinator week this past week, and on Saturday June 20 I set up a table at the Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market to hand out informational material on pollinators, pesticides, and planting flowers, as well as some displays of local pollinator diversity. It was pretty successful as the first Tuscaloosa Pollinator Week, especially the interest from the young-uns. I’d consider it a success if even a handful of people learned that bumble bees were not, in fact, eating their decks.


Excellent and exciting news! Our large collaborative NSF proposal with Michael Dillon and Jamie Strange looking at local adaptation in montane bumble bees was just awarded! This will be a particularly exciting project looking at genomic and morphological signatures of local adaptation in the field, as well as laboratory experiments to look at range-wide variation in flight physiology and transcriptomics.



Jason Jackson received the Biological Sciences E.O. Wilson summer fellowship for field research (hilighted in the Arts & Sciences Annual Report). Congrats! Now he can afford to eat when we go in the field.


New paper on RAD tags out in Mol. Ecology.

Lozier, J. D. (2014) Revisiting comparisons of genetic diversity in stable and declining species: assessing genome-wide polymorphism in North American bumble bees using RAD sequencing. Molecular Ecology 23: 788-801. doi: 10.1111/mec.12636.



New paper out at Conservation Genetics dealing with geography of color variation in Bombus bifarius and using ecological niche models to parameterize geographic distance to better understand gene flow across complex habitats (doi:10.1007/s10592-013-0498-3 )

Invitation to submit a full NSF DEB proposal! Now I have to write a full NSF DEB proposal! ugh.

-January 17: Come on down to Tuscaloosa and join the Lozier lab, where you can bypass the frigid northern winters in the balmy south!



-October 31: Got our new microscope set up in the lab for hardcore microscopy and image capture. Meet the Leica M165C. It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.


-July 19 - August 5: I was in the field with an assortment of folks from Utah State (Jon Koch) and the University of WY (Michael Dillon) working to collect montane bumble bees in UT, OR, CA, WY, and CO. Quite an eventful trip (CHASED BY BEARS!) but the highlight was our observation of the mysterious Thorpsquatch on Mt Ashland, OR.

We even managed to get some up-close and personal observations of this elusive individual, whose distribution closely parallels that of his favored prey, the even more elusive Bombus franklini.


I also collected a fair number of bees, although it was a strange year. And saw some beautiful locales (Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Jackson Lake).


Also, folks out west are fond of the dead things.

-Talk at Tyson Research Station at Washington University (06/07/12)!  Productive visit with Alex Harmon-Threatt. And I almost caught a home run ball at the Cardinals’ game, landed 1 behind and 1 to the right.   

-My old lab-mate Michelle Duennes just got her first first-authored paper published! Check it out in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Duennes, M. A., Lozier, J. D., Hines, H. M., Cameron, S. A. (2012) Geographical

    patterns of genetic divergence in the widespread Mesoamerican bumble bee

    Bombus ephippiatus (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and

    Evolution 64: 219-231.

-My research into NAm bumble bee population genetics was recently published in Molecular Ecology.

Lozier, J. D., Strange, J. P., Steward I. J., Cameron S. A. (2011) Patterns of range-

    wide genetic variation in six North American bumble bee (Apidae: Bombus)

    species. Molecular Ecology 20: 4870-4888.

-Detailed patterns of pathogen distribution in NAm bumble bees

Cordes, N., Huang, W.-F., Strange, J., Cameron, S., Griswold, T., Lozier, J., Solter, L.  

     (2012) Interspecific geographic distribution and variation of two pathogens,

     Nosema bombi and Crithidia bombi, in United States bumble bee   

     populations. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 109: 209-216.

-Detailing the distribution of light brown apple moth, a possibly nasty invader...or not, with my PhD advisor Nick Mills

Lozier, J.D., Mills, N. J. (2011). Predicting the potential invasive range of light brown

    apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana) using biologically informed and correlative    

    species distribution models. Biological Invasions 13: 2409-2421.

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