The Angelini Lab

Genes, genomes and growth; beetles, bugs and bees

The most important puzzle ever solved

Cross-posted from Bugs in our Backyard This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts based on content in courses I’m now teaching. Modern biology has more data than it can handle. Thanks to modern… Continue Reading →

The Problems With Growth

The title of this post is a reference to two things on my mind. The first is that, as our lives get more complicated somethings inevitably, if unfortunately, fall by the way side. One example of this is the 5-year… Continue Reading →

A map of the bees

For the last several years, members of my lab and I have been involved in surveying the diversity of bumblebees in and around Maine. I’ve been a volunteer contributor to the Maine Bumblebee Atlas, a citizen science project run by… Continue Reading →

Postdoc in wing polyphenism

My lab at Colby College has an opening for a postdoc, supported by NSF funding through April 2019. The project takes an integrative set of approaches to examine the developmental mechanisms and evolution of wing polyphenism is soapberry bugs.

Bugs In Our Backyard

New posts to our lab website have been slow in recent months. Students and I have been busy with experiments, and of course the new semester is upon us. However, I’ve also been occupied with a new project. In collaboration… Continue Reading →

Bees in our Backyard

What’s with the tents behind the baseball field? These tents contain several colonies of a native bumblebee, Bombus impatiens. These colonies are commercially available for large scale pollination. This summer our lab is investigating the expression of antimicrobial peptides in bumblebees, under… Continue Reading →

The House Carpenter

This mother’s day I was at my in-laws north of Boston. Their house has an old barn that’s been converted into an in-law apartment (ironic) with a large wooden carport. (It’s used for parking boats just as often.) The wooden… Continue Reading →

Funding for wing polyphenism study

The Colby Magazine has broken news that the lab will be supported over the next five years by a grant from NSF. The funds will support work on an integrative investigation of wing polyphenism in the red-shouldered soapberry bug, Jadera haematoloma…. Continue Reading →

The arrival of spring

I sometimes have to resist the instinct to collect insects. However, during winter in Maine, it’s not much of an issue. So I was please to see this stonefly, so I could celebrate the arrival of spring.  Actually, this was… Continue Reading →

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