Tobin Lab



Patrick Tobin

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Lila Westreich

Lila is a Ph.D. candidate studying pollinator ecology, specifically the foraging behavior of native bees across a variety of flowering landscapes in western Washington and the impact of forage patterns on native bee health and fitness. Native bees search among angiosperms to find the most nutritionally sufficient food sources for their offspring, and the patterns of foraging behavior and their impact on development are not well understood. Along with pollen, bees collect microorganisms such as bacteria on the surface of flowers, which are transported back to the nest and are thought to play a role in the development of offspring. Lila is working to identify pollen and microorganisms collected from native mason bees using Next-Generation Sequencing, a novel genetic analysis technology in the study of native bees. Bee pollinators, especially native species, are increasingly important as other pollinator species are shown to be in decline. Prior to coming to the UW, Lila earned a B.S. in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Minnesota. Click here to learn more about Lila's research.

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Alex Pane

Alex is a Ph.D. student who earned a B.S. in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois, researching the nesting ecology of ground dwelling bees. With a taste for field research and a love for the outdoors, Alex moved west to pursue graduate work in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. In his time climbing and hiking, Alex has always come back to the same broad question: why do insect disturbances occur in some locations but not others? The iconic forests of the Pacific Northwest have been the perfect system to begin exploring this question, with insect disturbances occurring over highly variable spatial and temporal scales. His research focuses on identifying how native forest insect disturbances have changed in recent decades across the Pacific Northwest. Using long term regional data sets and intensive field sampling, Alex hopes to provide a better understanding of the processes driving these outbreak patterns and how they may shift as the climate continues to change.

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Autumn Maust

Autumn is a M.S. student who received her B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont in 2018. As an undergraduate, she had the privilege to participate in conservation projects in New England and New Zealand. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked as an outdoor educator and encouraged students to engage in environmental stewardship while gardening, beekeeping, and exploring. Broadly, her research interests include entomophily, insect ecology, native landscape restoration, and disturbance ecology. Autumnís research project will discuss the effect of disturbance on established forest pollinator populations.

Lab Alumni: Graduate Students

Michael Bradshaw (Ph.D., 2020) Epidemiology and biology of powdery mildews and their host plants.

Ryan Garrison (M.S., 2020). Optimizing management guidelines for the non-native azalea lace bug on Rhododendron species in western Washington.

Jacob Betzen (M.S., 2018). Bigleaf maple decline in western Washington.

Sean Callahan (M.S., 2017). Effects of traffic-derived Cu pollution and climate change on arboreal Collembola in Western Washington, USA.

Michael Freeman (M.S., 2017). The role of abiotic and biotic factors in Douglas-fir decline in the western Cascades, Washington.

Riley Metz (M.S., 2017). Effects of temperature and host distribution on gypsy moth growth rates along its expanding population front.

Marisa Bass (M.F.R., 2016). Comprehensive five-year harvest and transportation plan for Hancock Forest Management's Tahoma Client.

Lab Alumni: Undergraduate Students

Adara Schneider (Senior Thesis, 2020). Biology and ecology of invasive insects on conifers.

Morgan Mackenzie (Senior Thesis, 2019). Insect predators and natural enemies in the Union Bay Natural Area, and their changes along the native-nonnative plant community gradient.

Marisa De Lucia (Senior Thesis, 2019). Quantifying the effectiveness of chemical treatment on Lysimachia vulgaris in King County, WA.

Sabrina Gilmour (Senior Thesis, 2019). Effects of increased temperatures and CO2 on powdery mildew virulence and plant susceptibility.

Helen Kesting (Senior Thesis, 2019). Effect of land cover on pollen provisions of the native solitary bee, Osmia lignaria.

Kaisja Gifford (Senior Thesis, 2017). Apples and moths: Phenological asynchrony of plants and insects as a result of climate change.

Ceci Henderson (Senior Thesis, 2017). The grapes of wrath: Invasion potential of Lobesia botrana (European grapevine moth) in Washington State vineyards under varying climate change scenarios.

Grace Masaoka (Senior Capstone Project, 2017). Investigation of the western sword fern disappearance in Seward Park.

Constance Lin (Senior Capstone Project 2016). Microarthropod species richness and abundance in epiphytic communities along an urban to wildland gradient in Western Washington.

Rachel DeCordoba (Senior Thesis, 2016). Spatial and climate analysis of bigleaf maple decline in Western Washington.

Alex Blumenfeld (Senior Capstone Project 2016). Modelling the drivers of invasion in North American non-native insects.

Kaitlin Stair (Senior Capstone Project, 2015). Consumptive and non-consumptive effects of a generalist predator on larval prey growth.