Welcome to the E. M. Tucker Lab!
Research in the Tucker Lab is broadly interested in all insect diversity, but primarily focuses on Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants). Hymenoptera is an excellent focus group as the group is hyper-diverse and runs the spectrum of ecological necessities. Members of 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. Our lab explores topics in Hymenoptera ecology, taxonomy and systematics, and museum collections research.
Ongoing projects include collecting baseline taxonomic and ecological information on local hymenoptera, digitizing historical Great Lakes 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? Want to learn about insects and museums? Check out MI-Bug, a collaborative project with the University of Michigan Library, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Zooniverse, where volunteers get a behind the scenes view of specimens at the UMMZ Insect Collection by helping transcribe and mobilize over a century’s worth of entomological data.