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My name is April Hamblin and I would like to welcome you to my website. I am currently working for the Center of Integrated Pest Management at North Carolina State University as a Research Associate where I gather information about and work with research on pests to make sure trade between countries and the USA is unlikely to spread disease, insects, fungi, and other agricultural problems. I collaborate with risk analysts in the USDA to make a healthier planet by limiting the spread of pests. I love this work because I assist the environment by helping prevent potential problems.

I published two journal articles (one in Biology Letters and one in Urban Ecosystems) that talk about bee abundances, diversity, and community composition in the field along an urban-temperature gradient. I also related the bees in the field to the lab with research about thermal tolerances of native bees and how this related to different species of bees in the field. Please visit the Publications tab for more information.
In December 2015, I graduated from North Carolina State University from Dr. Steven Frank’s Lab with my MS in Entomology. For more information about my masters research, please visit the Research tab.

I love continually learning about science. I also love volunteering to educate others about native bees. As a graduate student, I volunteered with the Entomological Graduate Student Association’s by conducting outreach to teach the public about native bees and the importance of all insects. I was a teacher’s assistant from 2014 to 2015 and hope to use these experiences in my future career/volunteer opportunities in scientific education. For more information, please visit the Teaching tab.

I believe in having a career or volunteering to educate others about native bees to help increase awareness and conservation while decreasing fear. If you want me to come teach a group about native bees, please contact me! As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Agapostemon virescens female taken by Sam Droege, USGS
(photo of bee species on flower at top of page, but that is a male)