• Prairie Oaks Master Naturalist Meeting: Bumblebees

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    Name: Prairie Oaks Master Naturalist Meeting: Bumblebees
    Date: January 19, 2023
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
    Event Description:

    Join the Prairie Oaks Master Naturalist for our monthly meeting at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center.

    Join us for our monthly meeting and Bumblebee presentation!
    Meeting starts at 6pm
    Presentation starts at 7pm
    In-person and virtual options available!

    All virtual participants must register prior to the meeting!
    Registration link will be posted soon!
    Dr. Russel Pfau - Bumblebees
    Professor Biological Sciences
    Tarleton State University
    Research Interests

    My primary focus is population genetics, specifically, I study how populations differ genetically and why. I'm especially interested in understanding how the landscape affects gene flow across a species' geographical distribution. I'm also interested in hybridization between closely related species. My students and I collect specimens from the field and then analyze their DNA in the lab using techniques such as DNA sequencing and fragment analysis (e.g. AFLP, RADseq).

    Nine bumble bee species are currently known to occur in Texas. That is not an overwhelming number to familiarize yourself with. Just think of all the species bird-watchers have to learn! With some patience and study, you should be able to familiarize yourself with the bumble bees that occur in the state.
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