Michelle Vohs

Research Scientist

Michelle started at the Bee Lab in 2014 as an Undergraduate Research Assistant and currently works as a Project Manager on a large pollinator seed mix design study at the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center.  We are looking at diversity, seed density (both forb and grasses) and burning on the establishment of target species, their resistance to invasion and the benefits for wild bees.

As an undergraduate she assisted many grad students both in the lab and in the field.  Later she worked on her own wild bee historical comparison study. Body lengths of current and historic bees were compared to see if overall bee sizes were changing over time with changes in landscape. She is passionate about wild bees and finding ways to conserve and improve their habitat through research. https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/11299/187700 

She also has previous honey bee experience working with the Spivak Lab.  She has collected resin from honey bees, extracted RNA to make cDNA copies for real time PCR analysis and other field and laboratory work.  She decoded waggle dances and recovered pollen from honey bees via acetolysis.  

Education:

B.S. Conservation Biology, with a minor in Entomology, 2017, University of Minnesota

Michelle started at the Bee Lab in 2014 as an Undergraduate Research Assistant and currently works as a Project Manager on a large pollinator seed mix design study at the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center.  We are looking at diversity, seed density (both forb and grasses) and burning on the establishment of target species, their resistance to invasion and the benefits for wild bees.

As an undergraduate she assisted many grad students both in the lab and in the field.  Later she worked on her own wild bee historical comparison study. Body lengths of current and historic bees were compared to see if overall bee sizes were changing over time with changes in landscape. She is passionate about wild bees and finding ways to conserve and improve their habitat through research. https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/11299/187700 

She also has previous honey bee experience working with the Spivak Lab.  She has collected resin from honey bees, extracted RNA to make cDNA copies for real time PCR analysis and other field and laboratory work.  She decoded waggle dances and recovered pollen from honey bees via acetolysis.  

Education:

B.S. Conservation Biology, with a minor in Entomology, 2017, University of Minnesota

Michelle Vohs among sunflowers.