Author Archives: Sam Duckerin

The Lord of the Bees & The Microcolony Revolution

Figure 1. The first prototype of my microcolony set-up. The bees feed on a sugar solution from two Eppendorf tubes in the top left of the box. The orange ball in the middle is pollen and the lump off to the side is a piece of wax from the parental colony.

Welcome to the Sumner Lab Blog! I am a new PhD student in the lab and my project is focussing on using social network analysis to assess how certain pesticides might be affecting social interactions within bumblebee colonies and how that could impact colony performance. One of the early challenges facing me is learning how to establish my own bumblebee version of The Lord of the Flies.