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Researchers Link Fungicides, Bumblebee Decline

Professor Lynn Adler, Biology Department

Several bumblebee species have seen their ranges contract and some may face extinction due to several combined stressors, say ecologists Lynn Adler, Professor of Biology, and her former Postdoctoral Fellow Scott McArt, with others. Their recently published research analysis in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. explores the relative importance of multiple factors, and found unexpectedly that greater use of fungicides was the strongest predictor of range contraction in declining bumblebee species. Read More

Susan Han Named Outstanding Teacher of the College of Natural Sciences 

Susan Han, Stockbridge School of Agriculture UMass Amherst

Susan Han, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, has been awared the 2016-2017 Outstanding Teacher of the College of Natural Sciences. More Information

Soil Researchers Quantify an Important, Underappreciated Factor in Carbon Release to the Atmosphere

Marco Keiluweit

Soil plays a critical role in global carbon cycling, in part because soil organic matter stores three times more carbon than the atmosphere. Now biogeochemist Marco Keiluweit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues elsewhere for the first time provide evidence that anaerobic microsites play a much larger role in stabilizing carbon in soils than previously thought. Read More

Madelaine Bartlett Receives a 5-year National Science Foundation Grant to Study the Evolution of Flowers

Madelaine Bartlett, Biology UMass Amherst

With an emphasis on encouraging young women in science, UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Biology Madelaine Bartlett has received a 5-year, $837,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Grant to study the evolution of flowers—particularly in the economically important grass and grain family. Yet as much as it’s about flowers, Bartlett’s project also is about students: offering summer courses in basic molecular biology for high school students, training undergraduates to do research in molecular biology and evolution in a lab-based class, and involving graduate students in research and outreach. Read More

Plant Biology Graduate Program students take top spots at conference

Stockbridge School of Agriculture students in the Plant Biology Gradaute Program, Samantha Glaze-Corcoran and Rachael Bernstein took first and second place, respectively, in the oral presentation contest at the American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America annual conference meeting in Tampa.