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Birkie 2019

Was able to ski the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, WI for the second year in a row. The first time I signed up, in 2017, it was cancelled. Fortunately 2018 and 2019 turned out to be great years for skiing, with good snow and appropriate temps right around 30F.

It felt good to take a break from dissertation writing, which was much needed. I am challenging myself to stick with a schedule, otherwise I find that I begin feeling ready to burn out. Taking time to ski or run, and most importantly spend time with my better half is essential to preventing this burn out and keeping the focus.

This weekend provided a great avenue to do this. We rented a cabin, hung out and skied with good friends, ate good food, and enjoyed the Northwoods winter. Now to continue buckling down until my defense date of April 26, albeit with scheduled physical and mental health time in the form of running, and time spent off the computer with those I love. Keep the focus and good things will come!

Save the Bees!

Danny presenting a talk at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. This was part of the Wednesday Night at the Lab series, which occurs 50 weeks out of the year. We had a lot of fun learning about looking beyond the honey bee, to broaden our focus towards all the bees. Honey bees are amazing and valuable insects, but should be discussed together with all of the other under-appreciated bee species (and other pollinator groups). Most of these species are solitary, some are small, some are large, but they all do wonders for food production, wild flowers, and gardens. So let’s continue to supportĀ bee conservation efforts! Please watch the video below for some neat pictures, more information about the bees, and to see some interesting data from my research highlighting persistent differences in the foraging activity of honey bees and bumble bees. Finally, if you are interested in digging deeper please check out the following websites:

Garden Club of America

Pollinator Partnership

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation



Among the pages of this site you will find details of Danny’s professional development as a pollination ecologist, passion for the natural world and outdoor travel, and a forum for discussion of various topics and controversies in ecology and evolution. This site will be routinely modified with various postings and up to date information, so please browse through the pages, leave comments, and visit often. Cheers!