Welcome to the E. M. Tucker Lab!
I currently work remotely and don’t have a lab of my own (right now), but when I do have lab space, I am broadly interested in all insect diversity, and primarily focus on Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants). Hymenoptera is an excellent focus group as the group is hyper-diverse and runs the spectrum of ecological necessities. Hymenoptera are crucial to pollination and crop production, essential as biological control agents in natural and agricultural systems, and can be significant pests in natural and urban environments. I love to explore topics in Hymenoptera ecology, taxonomy and systematics, and museum collections research.
Ongoing projects include: collecting baseline taxonomic and ecological information on local and global hymenoptera, digitizing bee and wasp specimens, and examining shifts in current bee distributions and plant-pollinator networks from those in historical records.
Interested in becoming a citizen scientist? Check out Notes From Nature where you can help scientist transcribe and capture important specimen information! Examine lots of cool bugs that you normally would have to visit a museum to see, learn about the organisms and collections that house them, and find out about projects using the data associated with the specimens all in one place! There is even a chat feature where you can ask all sorts of questions while helping scientists with their projects.
Two of my favorite NfN projects (since I’m involved in them 😃) that still need your help are: