Stacey Combes is a co-author on a new paper by former Combes Lab member Sridhar Ravi, on how bumblebees perceive the spatial layout of their environment in relation to their own body size and form to minimize inflight collisions. The paper, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA shows that bumblebees yaw to fly sideways through gaps, adopting a yaw angle precisely tuned to their own wingspan relative to the gap size. The paper has been covered by New Scientist and the BBC News World Service’s “The Newsroom” (starting time 20:04).
The very first member of the Combes Lab, James Crall, is starting a new position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at University of Wisconsin Madison! Check out James’ website here. Congratulations, James!
We’re so proud of Combes Lab member Annaliese Wargin, who received the top honor for graduating given by the U.C. Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Read more about Annaliese’s achievements and her independent research project here.
We also wish Annaliese all the best as she begins graduate school in the Harmon-Threatt Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign!
Our paper on how wind and turbulence affect orchid bee visitation in fragmented tropical forests, led by former Combes Lab grad student James Crall, was just published in Biology Letters! Take a look at the paper here.