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  • Wilson, Michael E
    Oct 27 6:15 AM
      RE: [beemonitoring] Fwd: Advice for grad student

      I'm a grad student and part of my project was putting out trap nests
      in urban and rural areas. It was a very small side part of the project.
      For our areas, usage was not great, so I pretty much determined that
      to get any meaningful data out of it, I would need more of a massive
      deployment of small, inexpensive, easy to make nests, instead of what I used
      which was 10 large nests with many different sized holes in 10 locations.
      I ended up not following up on that part of the
      project due to time constraints and priorities. So, in summary my recommendation would
      be to try to design any trap nest survey in a way that a small amount of usage
      will still achieve publishable data in the first year. So, lots and lots of
      nests may be needed. If you get massive usage all the better. I would still
      be nervous about achieving success in one year here, and would want to
      add a backup plan that is closely related.
      -Michael Wilson
      University of Tennessee

      -----Original Message-----
      From: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Kimberly N. Russell
      Sent: Thu 10/22/2009 2:46 PM
      To: beemonitoring@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [beemonitoring] Fwd: Advice for grad student

      Dear All,

      [I sent this earlier from the wrong e-mail account and I think it 
      therefore did not appear on the list. If it did, forgive the duplicate 
      e-mail request!]

      There is a graduate student in my department who is planning a study 
      in which she would like to augment the native bee populations in a 
      particular (urban) area (plots). She asked for my advice on how this 
      could be done and I didn't really have an answer. The only thing I 
      could think of was maybe using trap nests, i.e., put them out in 
      natural areas, then move them before emergence time? I would 
      appreciate any thoughts on this. Luckily, she is in the early stages 
      of developing her project, so there is plenty of time to tweak her 

      Dr. Kimberly N. Russell

      University Lecturer
      Department of Biology
      New Jersey Institute of Technology


      Research Scientist
      Division of Invertebrate Zoology
      American Museum of Natural History

      phone: 1-973-642-7976
      E-mail: krussell@...
      Web: http://web.njit.edu/~krussell & http://research.amnh.org/invertzoo/spida

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