Category Archives: garden ecology

Megachile Bees from Portland-Area Gardens

Every June – August, from 2017-2019, we collected bees from 25 Portland area gardens. As I start to build out a Bee Guide for Portland Gardens, I wanted to highlight some of the notable bees that we collected. We are … Continue reading

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Meet Mykl Nelson; Urban Agriculture Instructor at OSU

My name is Mykl Nelson, a world citizen intent on feeding the globe.                   The first distinct connection to food I remember was in the late 90s while living in İzmir, Turkey. … Continue reading

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Native plants and pollinators – 2018 field update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a field update about my native plant – pollinator study, so this post will be a recap of the entire 2018 field season! Sampling this year was successful, though it was a much … Continue reading

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First Publication from the Garden Ecology Lab!

Our paper on the potential for bee movements between gardens and urban/peri-urban agriculture has been published in a special issue on Agroecology in the City, in the journal Sustainability. Langellotto, G.A.; Melathopoulos, A.; Messer, I.; Anderson, A.; McClintock, N.; Costner, L. … Continue reading

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Plant List for Pollinator Gardens

                      Over the past year, I have have given many presentations that highlighted the high bee activity at ‘site 51’; a garden that is fairly small (0.1 acre) and in … Continue reading

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Garden Ecology Lab News, January 2018

It’s been a busy month in the Garden Ecology Lab. Gail’s manuscript on bees in home and community gardens has been published in Acta Hort. Briefly, the results of this literature review are that: 213 species of bee have been collected … Continue reading

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Garden Bees, 2017

All bees have been pinned, labelled, and data-based. Now we’re (and when I say ‘we’re’, I’m mostly referring to Lucas and Isabella) are going through the painstaking process of photographing all specimens: head on, from the top, and from each … Continue reading

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Lab News: Garden Ecology Lab featured on PolliNation Podcast

Dr. Andony Melathopolous hosted us on his fabulous PolliNation podcast. Listen to the episode, where we talk about the importance of gardens to native bees, our current research, and some key questions that remain to be answered regarding gardening for … Continue reading

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#OverlyHonestMethods

#OverlyHonestMethods is a hashtag that is trending on Twitter.  With this hashtag (which is simply an easy way to sort and find posts), scientists share the honest, ugly truth behind research.  Some examples: “Data was not recorded on Sundays because … Continue reading

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Why Study Gardens?

Gardens are unique and understudied systems that can have multi-faceted and positive impacts on environmental and public health.  But, key to realizing the potential, positive impact of gardens are the decisions that are made when planning, installing and maintaining garden … Continue reading

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