Stephanie  Parreira
Stephanie Parreira
M.S. Student

Stephanie is interested in the long-term sub-lethal effects of pesticide exposure in honey bees through contamination of the pollen diet. She is investigating the effects of a fungicide and a neonicotinoid, both separately and together, on different indicators of colony health and immunity under field conditions. In addition, she plans to follow up her current field experiment with a cage experiment using these same chemicals. Through her research, she aims not only to address possible impacts of pesticide interactions on bee health, but also to address the uncertainties behind laboratory results by analyzing any differences between her lab and field experiments. This will help to answer some key questions raised about current pesticide concerns.