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Yes, I actually did graduate . . .

Thanks to all of you who asked!

I graduated last Friday (June 11) with a Masters in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. All my papers (except two in aquatic biology) were about bees, either wild or managed. In addition, my candidacy paper was titled “Native Pollinators and the Food Supply: Can Wild Bees Bridge the Gap Left by Apis mellifera?” and my thesis was “The Effects of Pesticide-Contaminated Pollen on Larval Development of the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera.”

Now it’s on to bigger things. However, I will continue to blog, keep bees, and work on pesticide-related issues. The entities responsible for the pesticide mess in this world better brace themselves because I’m just getting warmed up.

Thanks again for all your kind comments,



  • Hi Rusty
    I came across your website by a Google alert. I’m an entomologist specializing in the effects of pesticides to bees and looking into ways to mitigate effects so that bees and pesticides (when needed) can coexist. I’d be interested in reading your papers, can you send me copies or maybe put your publication list on the blog,
    many thanks

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for asking. The short answer is yes. The long answer is I haven’t yet decided how to handle the papers. I may just post them on my site, but I’m not sure. The thesis will be online from my college library, but it won’t be up for a month or more. Give me a couple days to think about this, and I’ll e-mail you with more info.

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