This workshop, co-taught by Elaine Evans, Elise Bernstein, Katie Lamke, and Genevieve Pugesek, will introduce attendees to bumble bee (Bombus spp.) identification in the Upper Midwest. While this workshop is geared toward Bumble Bee Atlas volunteers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, we welcome anyone interested in learning more about bumble bee identification. We will cover the basics of bumble bee anatomy, and introduce you to each of the species you may encounter throughout the region. For each species we’ll include ID tips and an overview of habitat preferences.
This event is co-hosted by the University of Minnesota. Learn more and register here today!
Katie Lamke - Endangered Species Conservation Biologist - Midwest Bumble Bee Atlas - Xerces Society
Katie joined the Xerces Society in 2019 to work on bumble bee conservation initiatives. Based in Nebraska, her main role is to coordinate and engage people in the Midwest's numerous Bumble Bee Atlas efforts. Working with community scientists, researchers, agency and NGO staff, she helps develop tools that drive bumble bee conservation.
Katie earned her master's degree in entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she compared wild bee diversity and their floral associations between remnant and restored tallgrass prairies. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees. Outside of work, Katie enjoys birding, gardening, skating, and, well, looking for bees.
Genevieve Pugesek - Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Midwest Bumble Bee Atlas - Xerces Society
Genevieve is one of the project managers of the Bumble Bee Atlas, a community science project aimed at tracking and conserving bumble bees. She works with Atlas programs in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. She is broadly interested in conservation biology, land management, and animal natural history. She earned her Ph.D. at Tufts University, where she studied the nesting and overwintering ecology of bumble bees. Prior to working at Xerces, Genevieve worked as a postdoc at UW-Madison, studying the effects of prescribed fire in oak savannas on bumble bee abundance. Outside of work, Genevieve enjoys baking, painting, and spending time outside.