Karen Goodell was recently featured in a story aired on NPR Morning Edition (listen to story here) and she was a contributor in a Toledo Blade article (read full article here).
The Goodell Lab received funding from ODOT to conduct statewide surveys for the endangered Rusty Patch Bumble Bee and to document the distributions and habitats of two bumble bee species, Bombus affinis and Bombus terricola, in Ohio. These species have experienced recent population declines and are, or are likely to be, classified as critically endangered by the federal Endangered Species Act. In addition, the research aims to provide tools for assessing habitat for the presence, or likely absence, of the target species. This information will be made available to the Ohio Department of Transportation and other agencies for the purposes of planning and management of transportation projects in ways that minimize impact on these species and their habitat.
Jessie Lanterman and Megan Varvaro count flowers along a transect.
Photo of the whole team including Andrew Lybbert, Karen Goodell, Jessie Lanterman, Megan Varvaro, undergrads, and University of Akron personnel.