Thanks for checking out the page! I'm using this space to share info from my research and hopefully to connect with you. I am a conservation biologist trained in entomology with a focus on bees. I am fascinated with bee diversity, insect societies, pollination ecology, wildlife conservation, detecting and overcoming pollinator pathogens and pests, nest architecture and immature development. I'll try to keep the page updated as often as possible. Some of the material might seem overly technical, while other info might seem elementary, this is due to striving for the highest level research while also trying to make the results open and available for anyone. Please let me know if there is anything you'd like to learn about more and I will try to help.
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Research Update April 2017
Presentation at University of Hawaii-Manoa
USFWS Pacific Islands Coastal Program video sharing our research project.
Featured Creature article for IFAS Extension
Kodamaea ohmeri in bumble bee colonies
Comparison of bumble bee and honey bee colony airborne volatiles
Small Hive Beetle Attraction to Honey Bee and Bumble Bee Volatiles
The potential management of a ground-nesting, solitary bee: Anthophora abrupta (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Florida Entomologist 98(2): 528-535.
Graham, J R; Wilcox, E; Ellis, J D (2015)
Managing a locally rare, ground-nesting bee with artificial nest sites and selective dispersal via translocation of nest materials.
Native Buzz: Citizen scientists creating nesting habitat for solitary bees and wasps.
Florida Scientist 77(4): 1-15.
Graham, J R; Tan, Q; Jones, L C; Ellis, J D (2014)
A citizen science project was developed to inspire participants to design, build, monitor and report data on solitary bee and wasp artificial nest sites in their backyards.
Standard methods for wax moth research
Apicultural Research 52(1): 1-17.
Ellis, J D; Graham, J R; Mortensen A (2013)
Methods for conducting research on the wax moth, a honey bee nest parasite.
A scientific note on the comparison of airborne volatiles produced by commercial bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) and honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies
Apidologie 44(1): 110-112.
Graham, J R; Carroll, M J; Teal, P E A; Ellis, J D (2013)
The airborne volatiles were collected from honey bee and bumble bees colonies and analyzed via GCMS, the resulting chemical compounds were compared and found to be quite different.
Kodamaea ohmeri (Ascomycota: Saccharomycotina) presence in commercial Bombus impatiens Cresson and feral Bombus pensylvanicus DeGeer (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies.
Journal of Apicultural Research 50(3): 218-226.
Graham, J R; Ellis, J D; Benda, N D; Kurtzman, C P; Boucias, D G (2011)
Kodamaea ohmeri, a yeast known to attract small hive beetles, honey bee nest pests, was found in commercial and feral bumble bee colonies.
Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) attraction to volatiles produced by Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and Bombus impatiens (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies.
Apidologie 3(42): 326–336.
Graham, J R; Ellis, J D; Carroll, M J; Teal, P E A (2011)
Small hive beetle attraction to various components from honey bee and bumble bee colonies was investigated in 4-way olfactometer choice tests.
My Curriculum Vitae
Last updated: March 2017
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Bee Research & Conservation
Post-Doctoral Research, Plant and Environment Protection Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Identify and monitor individuals, nests and populations of native and non-native bees in the field
University of Florida
Doctor of Philosophy, Entomology and Nematology
Minor in Agricultural Education and Communication
University of Florida
Master of Science, Entomology and Nematology
University of Delaware
Bachelor of Science, Entomology and Applied Ecology
Minor in Wildlife Conservation