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Wildlife Speaker Series: Pollinators


May 27, 2021 05:58 PM

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Alyssa Piccolomini
Entomologist @US Dept. of Agriculture
State Entomologist, Montana Department of Agriculture MSc from MSU, 2017 BS from Bowling Green State University, 2014 https://www.agr.mt.gov/BeeProgram Alyssa Piccolomini is the State Entomologist for the Montana Department of Agriculture and is based in Helena. Her current duties at the Department of Agriculture focus on regulating the alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata) program, inspecting honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies for pests and diseases across the state, and assisting with general insect identification for the CAPS Program. Prior to joining the Department of Agriculture in August of 2017, Alyssa received her Master’s Degree in Entomology from Montana State University. Her research focused on the susceptibility of alfalfa leafcutting bees to pyrethroid insecticides, which are commonly applied for adult mosquito abatement programs. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys botanizing, backpacking in Montana’s beautiful country, and knitting - all with her dog, Reed.
Will Glenny
PhD. student @Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University
Will Glenny is a PhD student in the Department of Ecology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He is advised by Dr. Laura Burkle and works closely with members of the United States Forest Service at the Rocky Mountain Research Station to develop restoration strategies for pollinator communities on federally managed lands. Through this work, they hope to build resilient pollinator communities and gain a better idea for the diversity and distribution of wild bees in Montana. Will grew up in Seattle and completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He completed his Master’s degree in Biology in 2017 from Montana State University, studying honey bee pathogens and the effects of climate change on bee-plant interactions. Will loves biking, fishing, skiing, and Gonzaga basketball. As a result of time spent in the field, Will says that the Big Hole is his favorite place in Montana and hopes to spend more time collecting bees in that area