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Department of Applied Ecology

Bumble bee on a flower

Jun 13, 2022

Shorter, Wider Flowers May Transmit More Parasites to Bees

Flower shape has the biggest effect on parasite transmission to bees, according to a new study. 

Rob Dunn

Jun 3, 2022

Rob Dunn Named Senior Vice Provost for University Interdisciplinary Programs

Rob Dunn, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Applied Ecology, has been named Senior Vice Provost for University Interdisciplinary Programs. 

Image of person in the Phytotron, a controlled environment facility

May 26, 2022

Bob Franks Tapped to Lead Applied Ecology

Longtime CALS professor Bob Franks looks forward to serving as the interim department head for Applied Ecology while the college and department search for a permanent department head. 

May 18, 2022

Keep Those Bee Hotels Buzzing

To celebrate World Bee Day, Farms, Food and You sat down with NC State's Elsa Youngsteadt to learn how we can help foster bee populations with gardens and bee hotels. 

an adult brown bear and cub stand on a small spit of land with a lake on three sides

Apr 8, 2022

What Shapes Gut Microbiomes of Alaska’s Brown Bears? Location, Location, Location

The finding helps us understand the relationship between wildlife habitat, diet and gut microbiome diversity. 

a female researcher in a dark cave

Apr 7, 2022

‘Batty’ for Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Sophie Meng, an undergraduate student in applied ecology, went where most people won’t for her research project. 

a bee on a flower

Mar 24, 2022

Counting Bees Needs a Recalibration

NC State researchers developed new, innovative methods to help bee biologists calculate more accurate population estimates. 

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Feb 25, 2022

Being Near Pollinator Habitat Boosts Soybean Size

Researchers at NC State have found that soybean crops planted near pollinator habitat produce larger soybeans than soybean crops that are not planted near pollinator habitat. 

erin mckenney

Feb 24, 2022

Erin McKenney: A Microbe Love Story

From an internship with Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to lemurs, to sourdough starters, to bear and other carnivore gut microbiome research, Erin McKenney has a diverse set of experiences revolving around microbes. 

miami blue butterfly at rest on a plant

Feb 7, 2022

Shifting Rainfall Patterns Will Affect Whether An Imperiled Butterfly Survives Climate Change

The study highlights how changes in precipitation could affect the survival of some species.